The Book to Film/TV Adaptations Inquiry and Rant (Pt 1)
Let’s talk about the Harry Potter Books and Movies~
Within the past couple of decades, there has been an increase of books being turned into movies that sometimes are great and others simply flop. Most of these books are either children’s literature or young adult with some adult fiction becoming films as well. This will be one of my new addition to my blog where I will discuss books or movies and what may be perfect for some but others not so much. I’ll also really be straightforward with what I like and prefer plus some criticism of some book to film adaptations. I will post this Books or Movies segment on Fridays and continue with posting daily or every other day.
The most popular book that turned into films was the Harry Potter series starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Each book was turned into its own film bringing the magic of Harry Potter’s world onto the big screen. The final book of the series, Deathly Hallows, was turned into a two-part movie which concludes the Harry Potter cinematic experience into eight lengthy films. I understand that J.K. Rowling is in hot water for some of her controversial tweets. I am separating the author from the work because technically she only had written two of the books and the rest was ghostwritten by various different writers.
The book series follows a young child who had faced Lord Voldemort as an infant and was supposed to die but ended up with the iconic lightning bolt on his forehead. He was placed into the muggle world with his nonmagical aunt, uncle, and cousin who despise his existence. One day Hagrid, the Groundskeeper of Hogwarts, comes to inform him that he was accepted to Hogwarts but Harry doesn’t believe that he is a wizard. Hagrid shows his magic and he instantly believes. He goes with Hagrid to go to the magical world where he is a superstar. Harry becomes fast friends with Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley who ultimately later become his best friends who fight at his side against Voldemort. Voldemort comes back each year trying to murder Harry Potter but fails every time. In the end, Harry Potter wins over Lord Voldemort in every confrontational battle.
The books themselves are rather lengthy for the audience that the series is meant to be geared towards. These books are for all ages and do have some conflicts in the books that may be unsettling for some readers but exciting for others. I read these as a child and simply loved them. Even as an adult I sometimes reread some of my favorite books such as Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. They’re great for a bibliophile such as myself. However, not everyone is a bibliophile but prefers to watch movies.
The movies are great but they tend to leave out a lot of scenes. Each director and writer of each of the Harry Potter films have to decide whether or not to include some aspects of the novel because films can’t be nearly eight hours long. It is very tough for the filmmakers since they have to fit as much as they can into a two-hour time slot. Some of the books were longer than three hundred pages and trying to fit everything into a two-hour film is nearly impossible. The movies are perfect to watch because they cover most of the plot of the books. The actors did a splendid and phenomenal job bringing these characters alive and the casting couldn’t have been more perfect. With that said, seeing how the characters look and interact is fun but not as fun as our imaginations. The cast sure did have a good time spending time together on the film shoots and simply bonding together over the years.
I honestly only love the books because the films miss out on some of my favorite scenes and important plot points that should have been included. I do appreciate the movies but the book series in my opinion are better than the films.
Let me know what you prefer when it comes to Harry Potter; the books or the films?