Harry Potter Book Vs Film Essay

1581 words - 6 pages

Are the Films as Good as the Books?Many books have been adapted into films throughout the years. Lately though most of the films have not been just adaptations, but exact replications of the novel they are being based upon. Movies such as the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are the two that are getting the most criticism and attention. Bringing films like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to the big screen present the problem of condensing the novel into a two and a half hour film without losing any elements of the book. Although Chris Columbus, the producer of Harry Potter, does a good job for the most part in doing this, he fails the develop the characters the way JR Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, does in her novel. The zoo scene, character development and interaction especially between Ron and Harry, and Dumbledore and Harry need to be analyzed in order to fairly compare the film to the book. This scene and these characters are the ones that differ the most from the novel to the film making the movie not enough like the book, but at the same time, very much like the book.Columbus concentrates too much on the visual effects of the film, and did not spend nearly enough time developing the characters that Rowling made readers of all ages identify with and love. Many people who read the book before they saw the film would agree with the fact that "the film's lavish attention to the visual leaves little time for the characters to interact with one another" (Nel 2). Rowling, when she writes her book, focuses more on her characters and their interactive dialogue, which give the reader insight into their lives, allowing the reader to find a character to easily identify with. Columbus also elaborates on little details and then leaves many out, although this seems like a minor problem, it does change the movie in comparison to the book. For example, in the book Dudley Dursley actually falls into the snake's cage in the movie when the glass "disappears," and in the movie Harry seems fully aware of the fact that he has imprisoned his cousin; on the other hand, the book seems to leave it open whether or not Harry believes that this is caused by him. When the film has Harry capture Dudley in the snake's cage, it makes the viewer believe that Harry beats Dudley, but in the novel Rowling shows the dominance Dudley has. In doing this in the novel, it is more believable that Harry is honestly shocked when Hagrid tells Harry that he is a wizard. Harry realizes that this is the truth and everything falls into place, "chased by Dudley's gang, he had somehow found himself outside of their reach... dreading going to school with that ridiculous haircut, he had managed to make it grow back... and the last time Dudley had hit him, hadn't he gotten his revenge, without even realizing he was doing it? Hadn't he set a boa constrictor on him?" (Rowling 58) This demonstrates the genuine surprise of Harry, but in the film it seems as though he...

Find Another Essay On Harry Potter Book vs Film

Beowulf vs. Harry Potter Essay

975 words - 4 pages In countless ways Beowulf and the Harry Potter series can correlate through specific themes, events, etc. In ways they contradict each other, and in some, they concur thoroughly. Throughout both the book and the series they have roughly the same central idea which is to vanquish the evil that remains in a fixed world and bring it into safety again. Each character has his individual weaknesses and powers, which are used to their advantage

Harry Potter vs. Edward Cullen Essay

1052 words - 4 pages fans, witches and wizards vs. vampires and werewolves, Harry vs. Edward, Magic vs. romance. But why are these books popular? What sparks peoples interest? Will they be around forever? Or just a passing fad. In order to understand why the phenomena of these books a basic understanding of the plots is necessary. The Harry Potter series is a seven book series about a boy wizard by JK Rowling that started in 1998. At age, eleven he's introduced

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Summary

752 words - 3 pages Harry spent a miserable summer with the Dursleys. During a dinner party hosted by his uncle and aunt, Harry was visited by Dobby, a house-elf. Dobby warned Harry not to return to Hogwarts. Harry politely disregarded the warning, and Dobby made a mess in the kitchen, making the Dursleys very mad. The Dursleys angrily locked Harry up in his room for the rest of the summer. Luckily, Harry's friend Ron Weasley saved Harry in a flying car, and Harry

Write an essay that compares and contrasts JK Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with its film adaptation. You should consider matters of form and technique in your essay.

953 words - 4 pages The novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, is a great success. People from all over the world are crazy about it. Due to the popularity of the novel, a film was produced in correspondence to the literacy text. In this essay, the matters of form and techniques used in the novel and its film adaptation will be compared and contrasted.Novel and film creates different impact on people. Reading of the novel requires imagining of the scene

Lord of the Rings: Two Towers vs. Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban Comparison

2071 words - 8 pages Lord of the Rings: Two Towers vs. Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban Comparison In the two novels, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling, there is a distinct relationship that is created through the idea that there are the chosen individuals are the only ones that can save the world. The first novel, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a novel generally focusing on uniting ¡§Middle

A critical comparison of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde original book version vs. a film version of the story

1200 words - 5 pages the film and book. There are several elements or subplots that were evident in the movie version of the novel that was nowhere to be found in the book. The most influential character in the movie believe it or not, appeared to be Ivy Pearson; a common whore to some, however, a "metamorphic" tool to this great classic. The capacity of this plot is to serve as a portrayal of the division that exists in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.In the movie we are

Research Essay

1796 words - 8 pages 16, 2001, the film version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released and became the top grossing movie of 2001. (mugglenet.com). In December of 2001 Jo remarried. Almost a year after the first movie was released, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released. It had the third best opening weekend in box-office history. (mugglenet.com). Midnight on June 21, 2003, millions of people lined up for the release of the fifth book in

How successful was the marketing Campaign of Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone?

3028 words - 12 pages HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS THE MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSPHERS STONE?The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most profitable franchises of all time and the film is the second highest grosser after Titanic. The marketing campaign has helped the franchise to develop. This essay will examine the success of the marketing campaign throughout the media.JK Rowling's first book "Harry Potter and the philosophers stone" was published in

The Harry Potter Series: It All Ends

1189 words - 5 pages flames. Ron shows his grand sense of humor. This is just the beginning of the trio’s careers. "Harry Potter may be about wizards and wands dementors and dragons, spells and sorcery,” – Hornaday begins to say, “But the real magic lies in its stars” (Hornaday). Radcliffe has already taken up a new horror film called The Woman in Black. Grint, on the other hand, has had some terrible movies, but the Harry Potter series will show his potential in

Critical Analysis of Don't Knock Harry

995 words - 4 pages In 1998, author J.K. Rowlings released "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", the first in a series of books about the magical character Harry Potter. On November 26, 2001, upon release of the self-titled screenplay, a Tribune newspaper editor wrote the article, 'Don't Knock Harry', which provided a volume of insight.He decisively analyzes the views of some in our society, as it relates to the release of the Harry Potter book series. He goes

A Critical Assessment of the Harry Potter Phenomenon in Contemporary British Culture

1918 words - 8 pages Introduction The first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, and no one at the time could imagine that in the 10 years that followed, it would become the most read children’s book and a $6.4 billion worth film franchise. The aim of this essay is to try to explain the reason for the popularity of the Harry Potter books. The aim is also to show the changes that the series caused, how they influenced the people who read them, how they had an

Similar Essays

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone: Book Vs Movie

1251 words - 5 pages A movie that came out in 2002 was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This movie was based off the best-selling novel, which was written in 1997 by J.K. Rowling, called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. If you were to read this book and watch the movie you would find many differences, but the main difference between the two is that the book gives more information to the reader than the movie gives to the viewer. If someone was to

Harry Potter: The Book And The Movie

1258 words - 5 pages The movie adaptation of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a very pivotal movie in the series. Like the book, this movie is crucial in setting up an understanding for the rest of the series. Therefore it is important that the movie complements the novel as much as possible. Using one of the most essential features of a movie; visual imagery, the movie adaptation of the fourth novel is a good accompaniment for the novel. The

Harry Potter By J. K. Rowling This Is A Book Report Describing The Charcters, Setting, Plot, And Other Things.

1015 words - 4 pages Harry PotterMy book report is on Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. It was written by J. K. Rowling and published by Scholastic Press. This book has 435 pages. The book Harry Potter takes place at the Dursley's house in the beginning; the rest of it takes place at Hogwarts. Harry Potter is a thirteen-year-old wizard. He is famous Hogwarts and Diagon Alley for having warded off a curse from Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard. Harry

Harry Potter Vs. Christians Essay

3666 words - 15 pages Who has never dreamed of witches, broomsticks and full moon light? I always wished, when I was younger, I could turn and do magic like a witch. I even bought little magic kits, but it was nothing like the magic I wanted to produce. In my teen years, a book called Harry Potter caught my attention. It took me to a world I thought could only belong in my head. J.K. Rowling brought words of description to my dreams and brought out the little witch