Coming of Age for the Charaters in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Children's films tend to be didactic in the sense that they teach children, as well as adults, life lessons. JK Rowling's Harry Potter film series can be viewed as coming of age films as the characters grow from their mistakes. Most coming of age films are seen differently by adults and children; the moral changes as you get older. The Harry Potter film series utilizes fantasy to communicate multiple messages to its viewers. The characters of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are used to get messages across because they are easier to relate to. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, these characters begin to learn about the importance of love, friendship, courage, principles, and determination which help them grow into mature adults.
The lessons that children are taught from films are most often sugarcoated versions of life lessons that adults gather. Children’s films are about what adults want their children to see, not about what their children actually learn. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry leaves his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley, to study magic at the Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. Soon after leaving he discovers that his parents were murdered by the most powerful dark lord, Voldemort, and he was the "boy who lived." Along the way to Hogwarts, Harry meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The three soon become best friends and plot to save Hogwarts from Voldemort's wrath.
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of children's films is the centrality of the moral. Although Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone teaches children many lessons, but the main one is that good will always conquer evil. Right from the beginning of the film, audiences are shown how poorly Harry gets treated ...

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...s fully aware that he should not be there, but that does not stop him from going. All through the film, Hagrid tells Harry to forget certain information which could lead to trouble. Curiosity gets the best of Harry as he constantly rebels to find out more information about Flamel and the person who is after the stone. Furthermore, the characters resorts to aggression when people get in their way. Neville attempts to stop the three main characters from sneaking out as they keep getting Gryffindor into trouble, but they easily put him in a full body freezing spell and continue on without looking back. The filmmakers may have molded the scenes so that they were perceived as bravery, but the underlying tone is undeniably rebellion. Instead of showing bravery and courage, one may be drawn to the idea that breaking the rules can be an effective way to achieve an endpoint.

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