From Page to Screen: The Wizarding World Part 1

By: Bryan Banner

October 17, 2016

 On Bro Force Squad we focus on comics and superheroes but today I want to discuss one of the best series of books that has been adapted to the screen, The Harry Potter Series. With “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the newest addition to the Wizarding World coming out next month, I want to review how well this world has jumped from the page to the screen  
The Harry Potter series is one of the most complete stories out there. Spanning over 4,000 pages we get to grow up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they learn how to deal with everything kids deal with. They traverse growing up, as well as saving the world from one of the best villains modern literature has created. With each book we start to get a little darker and more in depth with every character, all culminating in a final battle of good vs evil. I want to take us through each book and talk about what I think they did right and wrong in the movies, ending with a review of “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”. 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  
The book is a very short and quick read that gives us just enough back story to fall in love with these characters. We get to experience the Wonderful Wizarding World for the first time through the eyes of Harry and his friends, and the movie executes this incredibly. It is a great story that gives us our first glimpse at magic and gives us all the high points from the books. The films creators did a fantastic job of bringing what we read on the page, and what author J.K. Rowling was able to help us imagine, to life. However, they did cut some key elements out. I’m not going to go line by line, but I do want to hit on one point in the book that did not make it into the movie which is the potion room at the end  were Harry and Hermione must choose between potions to either go back or go forward. This part in the book solidified Harry and Hermione’s relationship. As Bros we know Ron and Harry were tight, and when you find a Bro like that you know nothing will get between you. The dynamic is different between a male and female. This scene has great dialog between the two characters and this is where, in my opinion, Harry and Hermione develop that unbreakable bond between friends. This was completely left out of the movie. It made parts of the following films feel forced because they missed a perfect opportunity to build that chemistry early. I would have loved to have seen this part on the big screen as well. With the different color fires and potions, visually it would have been stellar. Unfortunately this is one that is going to have to stay in our imaginations. The way that they created Voldemort on Quirrell’s head was just as I imagined it. Overall this film did a great job of bringing such a creative book/world to life. This movie accomplished exactly what it needed to do; introduce us to the characters and get us excited about the movies to come while setting up one of the biggest movie franchises for the next decade.  
In Part two I will continue our journey to November 18th when “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” hits Cinemas worldwide.  
-The Mad Scientist Bryan Banner 

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