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Wild about Harry: Potter kids react

Friday, November 16, 2001

While the PG's critic chose to read the book after seeing the movie, there are plenty of kids going into "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" with sky-high expectations based on reading J.K. Rowling's work. In some cases, multiple times.

Movie Review

'Harry Potter
The Sorcerer's Stone'


We asked a handful of Potter readers who were at the screening Sunday at Loews Waterfront to react to the film. Here are their mini-reviews:

The movie producers did a good job of following the book, and most of the scenes looked very much like I imagined them. I didn't think it was too scary, but some of my favorite scenes were spooky and suspenseful. The movie also seemed very funny to me. I thought that all of the special effects, such as the Quidditch game, feasts and spells, were extraordinary. All of the characters seemed to be the way I had imagined, only some slightly different, like Malfoy. I had always pictured him with pale skin and dark hair. But I think that the actors they chose were great. Daniel Radcliffe was an excellent choice for the role of Harry Potter. Overall, I think the movie was "bloody brilliant," as Ron might say, and I can't wait to go see it again!

Alyssa Lloyd,
10, Washington Elementary, Mt. Lebanon.

I walked into the theater trying not to expect a lot, so I wouldn't be too disappointed if the movie wasn't that great. After the movie, I walked out of the theater completely thrilled, with all of my expectations fulfilled and much more. The actors and actresses were wonderful and showed tremendous talent, especially Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson who played Harry's two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The wizard world is supposed to be completely hidden and unknown to us "muggles." Having new faces play the parts was half of what made the movie seem so real. The other half was the visual and special effects. They were so amazing, that watching the Quidditch game made you want to forget about Monday Night Football and watch Monday Night Quidditch. The movie is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen, but I wouldn't recommend it to younger kids because there are some very scary parts. Watching the movie was the shortest two hours and 33 minuets of my life, but as they say time flies when you're having fun. I can't wait for the next movie in the series to come out.

Melissa Resutko,
13, Sacred Heart Elementary School, Shadyside

think the movie lived up to the book. There was so much detail in the book and the movie followed right along with it. The movie was the way I imagined the story while reading the book. The characters in the movie were just like the characters in the book. The creatures were exactly like they were described in the book. Even if you haven't read the book yet, you would still like this movie. You should go see this movie."

Brett Rackie,
9, McKee Elementary School, Oakdale.

I've read all the books in the series many times. I looked forward to seeing the movie for longer than anything else in my life. I was anxious about whether it would be as good as the books, but when I saw it I liked it a lot. It had most of the parts I expected and did them well. The cast was magnificent. Each actor fit the character they played. The set was great, especially for the Quidditch match. It did everything I thought it would, and in my opinion was excellent.

Benjamin Stroup,
11, Rogers-CAPA Middle School.

I thought the movie was well done, although, there were a few things that were disappointing to me. Of these was the lack of comedy. Most of my favorite parts in the book are the jokes between Fred and George Weasley, however most of them were left out of the movie. Another thing that was disappointing to me was the adding of characters' lines when they could have put in what was in the book. Also, they left out too many important parts that should come into play in the following movies. I liked the idea of using a new actor that not too many people knew to portray Harry Potter. I also felt that the special effects were done quite well. I had wanted to see the Quidditch scene most of all and felt very pleased with the outcome of that it. Overall, I loved the movie, and for an adaptation it was awesome!!

Sara Osmianski,
15, Mars High School.

I thought that the movie was amazing. The best special effects were when Voldemort was formed out of the dust cloud and charged at Harry, and the Quidditch Field was really cool, too. Watching them fly up and down the field was remarkable. Some parts in the movie scared me. The first time I saw the troll and the person sucking the blood from the unicorn, I was pretty scared. I still loved the movie and I would definitely go see it again.

Liane Weston,
13, Burrell School District

It's not often that the magic created in a 309-page book can be recreated in a movie. The movie, however, broke the mold and created an almost comparable story. My main problems with the interpretation had to do with little details that had been omitted or changed. As much as I'd like the movie to follow the book verbatim, I realize the producers must have included as much as possible, accounting for the movie's length (it hardly seemed that long at the time, though, and when I checked my watch I was surprised that the time flew so quickly). "The Sorcerer's Stone" doesn't require any previous knowledge or insight into the book. You can enjoy the movie without reading it. I think it's a great change that, for kids all over the country, reading has become fun again. I just hope we don't sidestep this fad and hand in our books for movie tickets, forgetting the origin altogether.

Arynn Frankenberry,
14, St. Therese School, Munhall.

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