This past March I visited Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for the first time in years. As all things, it has changed drastically over time. Some rides remained the same, but others not so much. Universal Studios is a magical place to begin with, but add in two separate Wizard Worlds and you’ll be begging for more. As I have grown, I was never interest in Harry Potter; however, after only one day running through the Wizard World I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the books and movies. First, I dove into Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Then, to complete the first pieces in the series, I watched Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone directed by Chris Columbus. Both pieces were exceptional and I enjoyed both; however, I believe the movie is slightly better.
The book begins with Mr. Dursley heading to work. He is a normal human, or a Muggle as Wizards would refer to him, who is married to Mrs. Dursley. Together, they believe they are better than most and would never be fooled by any nonsense such as magic. On this first day, strange things are happening such as owls flying, gatherings of cloaked people and shooting stars. The Dursley’s fear their relatives, The Potters, have something to do with this. The book goes on to introduce Albus Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall and Hagrid who have a delivery for the Dursley 's home at 4 Privet Drive. They are bringing Harry, the son of the Potters, to them. As you will find out later in the book, an evil Voldemort has killed Harry’s parents. In an failed attempt to kill Harry, Voldemort leaves Harry with a lightening bolt scar on his forehead. Eventually, Harry finds out on his 11th birthday that he is a wizard and he is accepted into the Hogwarts ...
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...e, the movie portrayed Hermione perfectly for the bossy, precocious young lady she is (par. 7). The cast was a true standout and couldn’t be better, especially as for as the children actors go (par. 10). The actors built upon the characters to increase their value within the movie. They truly added to each scene which were consistently entertaining (par. 12). The cast couldn’t be better.
I never thought a trip to Universal Studios with my mom would result in me become slightly magic crazy. It is always fun to find a book or movie that you’re able to get lost within for a few hours. Other than a few small issues, I thoroughly enjoyed the book; however, I found the movie provided me with more fun, adventurous entertainment. I believe everyone should give Harry Potter a chance to add a little magic to your life, that is, unless you just want to be a stubborn Muggle.
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