Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

- by Valentina Alexander

'Harrietta Potter' aka ValentinaI think you should go to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It's a really good movie. I think the part where the troll is in the girl's bathroom trying to get Hermione is amazing. He is trying to hit her with a big club. Then Harry and Ron come to the rescue. It's surprising because Harry sticks his wand up the trolls nose. The troll says HHRGH! The troll looked a lot like Shrek. Then at the end Harry pulls his wand out of the troll's nose after they beat him up. To his surprise he finds snot and buggers dripping down from his wand.Harry Potter

The Quidditch scenes where amazing. The snitch was really cool. Hagrid had a dragon egg and when it hatched it breathed fire at him and his beard caught fire. I like the part of the movie where they see the three headed dog. The three headed dog is scary. The actors looked a little bit like I imagined. I've read the first book, I've read the second, I've read the third, and now I'm reading the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I like this movie just as well as the books. I play "Harry Potter" with my father.

We thank Valentina for her insightful observations. The tales of Harry Potter are a genuine worldwide phenomenon. Springing from the imagination of J.K. Rowling who seems plugged into an English-speakingJ.K. Rowling cultural matrix stretching back to the Normans, and who has a powerful feel for the contemporary zeitgeist, these fantasy stories have ignited a passion for reading in children everywhere. The four books (so far with seven planned) are creating a wonderful set of memories for a whole generation; much like previous generations had the Narnia Chronicles (by C.S. Lewis) or The Tales of Middle Earth (J.R.R. Tolkien).

We at The Toast loves movies and we love literature but we would be the first to admit that great books are rarely made into great movies. However, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone seems to be a delightful exception. Perhaps it's the perfect treat for kids of the 21st Century. There is a good possibility (and, we suspect, a fevered hope) that this will become a classic on the scale of The Wizard of Oz. A wonderful book AND a terrific movie!

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