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A Comparison of the Harry Potter Books and Movies

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Harry Potter takes over the world

Have you heard of Harry Potter? No? Then where have you been! Harry Potter is a phenomenon; from simple beginnings as a children's book, Harry Potter has engulfed the world with extravagant movies, merchandise to fill your basement, video and board games and soon will have its very own theme park in Florida.

Harry Potter has become a multi-billion dollar industry in itself and has made its author, J K Rowling a very rich woman - in fact she is richer than the Queen of England.

So what is it about Harry Potter that enchants a whole world of children (and adults)? Is it the writing? The storytelling? The plot? The characters? The adventure?

There's something indefinable about Harry Potter; perhaps it's the little hero inside us all wanting to cheer Harry on, or the underdog element? The enchantment of the books takes us into a world that is not real but is hauntingly familiar; it takes us to dark places where our own fear's lies. Only in our imagination does the boundary lie. This is the Magic of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter is a children's book, however there are adult themes in it. Many will say that a book about magic, potions and dragons cannot be taken serious in the adult world, but isn't Lord of the Rings full of the same?

While many will argue that the writing style is aimed at children, I am a firm believer that a decently written book, that challenges the reader with moralistic questions, infuses the mind with passion and honor and enables the reader to enter a world that is very believable can be read by any.

I started reading the books to my children when they first came out, and I was amazed how quickly we all became embroiled in the characters and how we all tried to guess the outcome of each of the books, and even go as far as trying to discern what would happen in the future books.

The key for me was that the books brought us together as a family, gave us a common interest that went beyond TV. It renewed my children's interest in reading, and even today, as they embark on college and life, it is something they treasure and will continue with their children.

I am glad Harry Potter entered my life, and as an adult I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the books, not just because it became a family passion, but because I sincerely loved the books, and was very sad when it all ended.

There are 7 books that were made into 8 movies. The titles of the books are:

  1. The Sorcerer's Stone
  2. The Chamber of Secrets
  3. The Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. The Goblet of Fire
  5. The Order of the Phoenix
  6. The Half Blood Prince
  7. The Deathly Hallows (made into two movies)

Hogwarts Castle

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Harry Potter

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Lord Voldemort

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The World of Harry Potter

Deep within the hidden recesses of our world, in dark corners and down dark alleyways is a strange and subtly different world. Inhabited by strange mythical creatures, full of magic and alchemy and imbued with strange and wondrous characters, this land is not dissimilar to our own, but at the same time is very different.

Harry Potter's world has much in common with ours; the schools are similar, yet the subjects taught are profoundly different. Whereas we are taught English and Math, Harry attends classes on potion making and herbology. While we play cricket and rugby, or baseball and football, they play Quiddich. As we got to a red bricked building, he goes to a castle.

The people and animals are different too; we may encounter different races, colors and nationalities, Harry may encounter dwarves, goblins and trolls. While we may be scared of wolves, foxes and alligators, Harry may run from ghouls, dragons and giant spiders.

Harry Potter's world is a world full of danger, intrigue and adventure; a world where magic is used for good and evil, and the fate of the world is decided by the swish of a wand. Harry Potter's world takes you beyond the mundane into the fantastic.

Simply put, Harry Potter is a story about the classic struggle between good and evil; the timeless battle the pervades human history.

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In this case, the good is Harry Potter, an orphaned boy who possesses magical abilities, but aside from that has a sense of honor, a feel for what is right and a dedication to his cause.

Evil comes in the form of Voldemort, a sinister man who cares little for right and wrong, but sees the world as one in which those with power succeed.

In some ways the two are alike, with similar backgrounds and a link that goes deeper than similarities. Their strange kinship ensures that they are destined to continually meet and battle throughout Harry's tenure at Hogwarts school.

When we first meet Harry Potter living at his Uncle's house in a cupboard under the stairs, we do not yet realize what the future has in store for Harry. All we see is a weak and bullied young boy seeking for an escape from his horrifying world.

When Hagrid, the half giant grounds-keeper of Hogwarts school, rescues Harry, we begin to see a glimpse into the world that Harry now belongs.

As Harry meets his friends, Hermione and Ron, and begins to forge a friendship that will help him achieve his goals, we realize that the foundations of success are being planted.

As Harry embarks on small quests and adventures, and somehow succeeds where many would fail, against odds that seem insurmountable, we get a sense of destiny building. As Harry faces Voldemort for the first time, like a lamb waiting for slaughter, we cannot help but feel that there is something strong within Harry that will help him face his challenges.

Harry's friends - Hermoine and Ron

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The Movie

The Book

Harry Potter Movie Trailers

The Movie

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)

Have you read the Harry Potter books?

No time to read the book? See the movie..

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

Harry Potter - is it evil? Should it be banned?

Harry Potter brings up themes that are often thought of as evil. Wizards and witches are often cast in an evil light, and any book that portrays these non-catholic (or Christian) beliefs is often seen as evil. Many see Harry Potter as portraying pagan ideas that go above and beyond what is acceptable in a children's book.

During my time in school, I read many books. Some focused on the evil of communism (Animal Farm) and some focused on the evil of the 'machine' of government and large corporations (Brave New World). No one mentioned the fact that these books were passing on a point of view that the educational and religious society wanted me to believe.

This is the worry about Harry Potter; this young man is delving into 'evil' wizardry, disobeying rules but generally succeeding. Is this the message we really want our children to learn in school?

Had the same stereotypical thoughts been around when I was in school, then I also would not have read 'The Hobbit' which also has magic in it; I would not have entered the wonderful world of reading, and I really do not know what that would have done to my life; I certainly wouldn't possess the same 'talents' I have for writing, or for reading.

I think, that as long as our children are bought up with values that benefit society, it doesn't really matter what they read as long as they can place it in its correct context.

Harry Potter isn't evil, it's the way it's used and the context it's used in that makes it good or bad!

Should Harry Potter be banned?

No time to read the book? See the movie..

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

No time to read the book? See the movie..

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, in my view, was the worst of the books from the Harry Potter series. Therefore, even though it is our family tradition to go and see the movies the minute they appear in the movie theater, I wasn't as enthusiastic as normal about viewing the movie.

Well after watching the two and a half hour movie I am glad I did!

David Yates has done a great job in transferring a mediocre book onto the big screen and filling it with humor, excitement and adventure. It's amazing how far the young actors have come; Daniel Radcliffe, perhaps benefiting from his stint in Equus is showing the signs of being a classic actor who will have a long and illustrious career (my tip is for him to star in a James Bond movie in a few years!). Emma Watson is improving, her subtle beauty beginning to shine through, while Rupert Gint continues to have a sparkle that is very alluring.

Well to the movie; Albus Dumbledore, intent on preparing Harry for the ultimate showdown with Voldemort, persuades an ex teacher in returning to Hogwarts as Potions teacher. Professor Slughorn holds the key to a clue to unlock a weakness in Voldemort. Meanwhile, Harry, Ron and Hermione find out about a legendary Half Blood Prince, and decide to do some sleuthing to find out who this could be.

The movie does a great job in dealing with several difficult issues. Firstly it tackles the burgeoning loves and jealousy one associates with teenagers in a very mature and subtle way. Secondly, it tackles with much tragedy. And finally, and perhaps most importantly it infuses just the right amount of comedy and action; the action sequences are especially well done, and the CGI is almost flawless.

While this movie is really only for Harry Potter fans, as new viewers will be thoroughly confused and lost, it is probably one of the best movies. It does drag a little at the beginning and end, but it follows the book pretty closely. It infuses a passion and energy that seemed a little lacking in the early days of the Harry Potter movies.

If you love Harry Potter, then you'll be pleasantly surprised at how good the movie is; if you're not a huge fan, then it's worth it just to see the comedic moments and the action, as well as the burgeoning talents of the young actors.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Book 6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

Harry Potter Bio - **SPOILER ALERT - there are some minor spoilers in the BIO below.**

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Birthday: July 31st, 1980.

Parents: James Potter and Lilly Evans.

God Father: Sirius Black (RIP)

Foster 'Parents': Petunia and Vernon Dursley

Place of Birth: Godric's Hollow

Grew up at: Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey

Married: Ginner Weasley

Children: James, Albus and Lily

Mentor: Albus Dumbledore(RIP)

Best Friends: Hermion Granger, Ron Weasley

Enemies: Lord Voldemort, Draco Malfoy

Brief History: Lord Voldemort killed Harry's parents when he was 15 months old. He went to live with his uncle and aunt and became known as 'The Boy who lived' as he is the only known survivor of the 'Avada Kedavra' curse. Harry attended Hogwarts school of Wizardry after turning eleven, and joined Gryffindor house. He became the seeker for the Gryffindor Quiddich team and was a very accomplished player.

(Read all seven books for Harry's exploits at Hogwartz)

Career: Harry joined the Auror Department at 17 and became head of the department at 27.

Hermione Granger Bio - (**SPOILER ALERT - there are some minor spoilers in the BIO below.**)

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Birthday: September 19th, 1979.

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Granger.

Pets:: Crookshanks (RIP)

Place of Birth: England.

Married: Ron Weasley

Children: Rose and Hugo

Best Friends: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley

Enemies: Lord Voldemort, Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkison.

Brief History: Hermione is the brightest student of her year, and is proud to be part of Gryffyndor. She is considered straight-laced and constantly tried to get Ron and Harry to obey school rules. As she grows up in Hogwarts, she begins to rebel a little and join in 'the fun'.

She excels in all school subjects and has a bright future. She is very loyal to her friends.

(Read all seven books for Hermione's exploits at Hogwarts)

Career: Hermione finished school and joined the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, and worked on improving the lot for House Elves. She moved up to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and worked on removing pro-trueblood laws.

Harry Potter Books on Tape - The Audio Collection

Harry Potter Theme Park

  • Official site for the Harry Potter Theme Park
    The Harry Potter Theme Park at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida is a unique experience. Universal first built the Hogwarts castle in 2010 and in 2014 has opened a replica of Diagon Alley.

Do you like Harry Potter? Let me know...

GeekGirl1 on April 08, 2012:

I love Harry Potter. I read all the books and watched the movies.

Vita Activate on September 02, 2011:

Harry Potter's books are awesome but I never saw the movies

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grannysage on August 23, 2009:

I never get tired of talking about Harry Potter. I saw Half-Blood Prince twice, and the second time brought my own Hermione wand to raise at the end. I love the quotes!

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Marelisa on July 13, 2009:

Awesome lens. I'm really looking forward to the new Harry Potter movie coming to Panama. And I loved the quotes, especially this one: "Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain." Arthur Weasley

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Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on July 11, 2009:

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Excellent lens! I've loved all the books but have yet to see any of the movies. Congrats on becoming Giant Squid!

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Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on July 10, 2009:

I haven't seen any of the Harry Potter films. Wizards and magic isn't my thing, but plenty of adults are Harry Potter fanatics. Congratulations on making Giant!

papawu on July 10, 2009:

Although I am a grown up,I can't help but love the Harry Potter films.Had me from the first one and can't seem to get away from it. Congrats on Giant by the way!

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