Let the Harry Potter Film Watching Begin!
Here I sit, with my glass of wine and a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on DVD, which I stole from Val who is off at the Twilight: Eclipse midnight showing. No Twilight for me this evening (or ever, if I can help it). Tonight, I’m finally going to dive into the first film, armed with the fangirl fanaticism only someone who has actually read the books can possess.
I’ve seen this film once before when it came to theaters. I was 18 and at the time, the only thing I knew about Harry Potter was that my sister was obsessed. I mean obsessed. Room covered in posters of wizards, midnight release of the books, Every Flavor Bean eating obsessed. I just thought the movie looked cute.
Nine years later, I only remember blips of it.
When it comes to Harry Potter films, there’s a lot of grumbling about what has been left out, what has been added, and how things have been done. That said, from what I understand, Chris Columbus stayed pretty true to the text. Maybe the first two books were easier to adapt, maybe he was terrified of pissing off an eccentric British woman and all the minions of fans surrounding her, but either way, he was evidently pretty respectful of the source material. So this is where I’d usually say “I must see the following in this film for it to be a success”, but I don’t think much of the important stuff will be left out. This first time around, I think I can just watch and enjoy the world of the film as it unfolds.
That’s the one major thing I will give Columbus credit for – his films created the world of Harry Potter as we visually know it. For someone like me, who read the books after the films came out, Harry will always look like Daniel Radcliffe. Snape will always be the amazing Alan Rickman. These things will never change. It’s hard to clear your mind of these famous portrayals. So something must be said, even before I watch the film, about the immense responsibility this placed on Columbus and his creative team.
And so, without further adieu, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…