Compare And Contrast Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written by Britain’s own J.K. Rowling, is an orchestrated novel of a young teenage boy with a dysfunctional step family that cares nothing for his well-being. Harry’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort ten years before the story takes place and he now lives with his mom’s sister Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and their son Dudley. They live in a brown bricked, two story town home on Privet Drive. On Harry’s eleventh birthday, a new friend, Hagrid, who tells him he is a wizard and takes Harry to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, greets him. The book and the movie both go through Harry’s adventures through this magical world of spells and mystical creatures. However, the movie is never as good…show more content…
The movie depicts the Dursleys and Harry leaving Privet Drive and heading straight for the house in the ocean. The movie shows Hagrid picking up and taking him to buy school supplies and this where the novel and movie are the same. However, they begin to go in different directions when it is shown that Harry stays in the Leaky Cauldron and then heads to the train. In the novel, Harry returns to the Dursleys house where he stays for a month until September first and Uncle Vernon reluctantly takes him to the train station. In the climax of the story, Harry makes his way through all the obstacles including a chess game and a pit of vines to get to the Mirror of Erised that hides the sorcerer’s stone. The mirror shows what a person most desires in life and also guards the sorcerer’s stone. Harry Potter in the novel sees his whole extended family surrounding him alive and in the movie he only sees his mom and dad. Professor Qurril has Lord Voldemort on his head and covers this by wearing a turban around his head. Harry begins to search out this mirror and try to get to it before Professor Qurril does. Harry arrives at the mirror after Qurril does and this is where the novel and the movie take different paths. In the novel, Qurril wraps Harry up in ropes with a spell, but in the movie he ignites flames around Harry. Qurril goes to touch Harry and in the novel he is intensely burned and dies. In the movie, Qurril touches Harry and immediately dies while turning into stone. Harry then passes out and Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, tells Harry only a person with a clean heart could seek out and find the stone. This is why he was able to find it and not Qurril. The movie and book are similar in this
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