Friday, 23 November 2001

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Listening to:

Shostakovich, violin concerto no. 2 in C sharp minor, op. 129.

A recent movie:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I saw this on Tuesday night, and thought it very enjoyable. It’s a good adaptation of the book, so that I’m sure that if you liked the book, you’ll like the film. It’s quite an honest adaptation; nothing very significant gets missed out, and there isn’t any addition of spurious material either. The film has to get through quite a lot of plot, so it does perhaps feel a little rushed. It’s possible that people coming to the film without having read the book will find a little confusing. Here are some Web reviews:

This more general article from The New Yorker is also interesting, though a little bit gushing (a good review of the film is also linked to from there).