Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
A Muggles Guide
the Internet became the fastest way of spreading rumours and building hype
for the movie industry, very few films have managed to grab the attention
of the public in any major way. Only flicks such as The Phantom Menace have
grabbed the Internet and taken it by storm…until this year. Now we have two,
and possibly the biggest of these is Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone.
Harry Potter has already achieved the impossible, managing to drag children
and adults alike away from their television sets and out of the movie theatres
and back to the realm of the printed word. In just four books J.K.Rowling
has created a bunch of characters that have set the minds and imaginations
of children across the world with the story of a young boy who discovers he's
much more than ever believed and his adventures in the world of wizardry.
With a style that's a cross between Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl, the books
have literally broken all records for a new author and won countless awards
in the literary world, so it was perhaps inevitable that a movie was to be
made based the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. The difference this
time is that the whole thing is being overseen by Rowling herself, and she
it fiercely defensive of her creations.
several names were bandied about and ideas suggested (the worst being that
Steven Spielberg was to direct and wanted to change the setting to an American
High School, now there's a reason for a Curse Spell!) the final choice was
for Chris Columbus (Bicentennial Man, Mrs. Doubtfire) to direct and a host
of British stars to play the principal roles. With names such as Alan Rickman,
Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese, Rik Mayall and Richard Harris
for the schoolteachers, wizards and ghosts, and three unknown children to
play the three main characters, things so far look promising.
Also adding to the atmosphere is for master theme musician John Williams
writing the music for the film. Snippets that have been already, such as Hedwig's
Theme, sound beautiful and have been used on the recent Coca-Cola adverts
for their Harry Potter promotion. Indeed, this promotion shows just how big
this film could be if a company as big as Coca-Cola want to attach their name
to it all, an honour normally reserved for such events as the Olympic Games.
Thanks to the amount of fans, this has to be one of the most eagerly awaited
films in years. When the trailers were posted for download on the Internet,
traffic was incredible and hasn't been that high since the Phantom Menace
trailer. Response to the trailer was unconditionally favourable and showed
just how much attention has gone into the translation of the books to the
School looks spot on, the kids playing Harry, Ron and Hermione look perfect
for the roles and casting Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape was a mark
of genius. In fact all the actors look perfectly cast, with special mention
going to Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid, Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall and
Richard Harris as Headmaster Dumbledore. Even the smaller roles are well cast,
with actors such as Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from Austin Powers) playing a ghoul
and Warwick Davis (Star Wars and Willow) playing Professor Flitwick.
It's good to see that everything looks right so far and the anticipation
for the film is building daily with a huge amount of merchandising already
out and with lots more to come. This looks to be the Xmas of Harry Potter
this year, with such things as Harry Potter Lego and several computer games
also being made. Warner Brothers are so convinced about the success of the
film that plans for the sequel, Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets, are
already in motion with filming already started and the latest casting news
of Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart being announced just recently.
fact, the only downside to the film for the fans seems to be that it's stopped
J.K.Rowling from writing the next book, which has already been put back several
times now, due to her involvement in the making the film accurate. Personally,
I'm happy to wait for now, as there are only plans for seven books in total,
thus meaning there will be seven films, although this could go to eight films
as the latest rumours are that the fourth book will be made into two films,
due to the huge size of the book.
Whatever happens though, this looks like it will definitely be the biggest
kids film of the year, and possibly the biggest film this winter with only
Lord Of The Rings having any chance against it. Personally, my money is on
The Boy Who Lived.
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