Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Audio Book/Movie)

Recently I decided to do a re-listen to the entire Harry Potter series.  It's been a few years since I've read or listened to any of the Harry Potter books and I'm in the mood now.  This is my 3rd time listening to the series on audio and my 5th time in reading them.  I love Jim Dale's narration.  He is the quintessential narrator for  the Harry Potter books, in my opinion, and he does an excellent job with the voices and manners of each character.  I could listen to him read the phone book.

Anyway, I was struck by a few things this time.  Why do the professor guard the stone with spells that 3 first years (or at least Hermoine) could do?  They are capable of more complicated magic as we see later.  Is Dumbledore setting up Harry to challenge Voldemort now so that he will be strong for later?  I'm sure the answer is somewhere.

Hogwarts: Harry Potter
Library

I also watched the movie for the first time in a long time.  Wow, those kids look so small and young.  This was such a fun and magical movie but the acting by the children leaves something to be desired.  There is a vast improvement from this one to the latest ones, for sure, especially on Radcliffe's part.  But it is a great movie and does a great job of adapting from the book, conveying the right tone for it.

Read the Book/See the Movie

3 comments:

  1. Those Harry Potter audios are wonderful - you're right about Jim Dale - we spent many wonderful road trips listening to the series!

    We have all the movies and my kids love to watch them over and over. The actors have grown up so much over the years since the first!

    Glad you enjoyed it.

    Sue

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  2. I have been meaning to re-read these books for a long time because I remember absolutely loving them the first time I read them. Your questions are good ones, I never really thought about it like that! Awesome site!

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