Book to Movie Friday is a new feature I’ve created here at Mommy’s Reading Break. (If you do something similar, let me know, as I’m unaware of any!) Since I see a lot of movies because they’re based on books, or vice versa, I decided it would be a good idea to add reviews (or mini-reviews) of movies based on books. A lot of us review the books and then see the movies, but I only see a handful of blogs actually reviewing the movies as well, so that’s something I want to add here.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
If you’ve read this blog, you know probably know that Harry Potter is my favorite book series ever and that I came to the party very late (in 2009, at the age of 25). I loved the writing and the description in the novels, so I was very excited to see that translated to film. I think I waited until I finished the series to start watching the movies, but I honestly can’t remember for sure.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, while maybe not the best move in its own merit, is definitely one of the best adaptations I’ve seen. Yes, there were a few changes made here and there, mostly things cut out for time’s sake that weren’t too important (the first chapter from Vernon’s perspective, for example), but I thought that most things were translated almost verbatim. Yes, a lot of Ron’s lines from the book were given to other characters, making him not look as smart, but these changes were minor.
Honestly, my biggest complaints were toward the end. I really liked the whole series of tasks that the trio faces before getting to the Stone, so I’m really sad that it was cut down. I kind of see the point, but I would have rather seen those than the long, drawn-out Quidditch game. Just my opinion. Also, and this is a spoiler if you haven’t read/watched, but I hated that Quirrell pretty much disintegrated at the end of the film, whereas he was just badly burned in the book. (This comes up again in later movies, and it drives me nuts!) Oh, and why is Firenze blue? He was clearly described in the book, so I don’t know why his looks were changed, but whatever.
Overall, I thought that Sorcerer’s Stone was a great book-to-movie adaptation.