Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Though plays have been a form of entertainment for thousands of years, the late 19th Century saw the invention of a new kind of medium; the motion picture.[1] Since then, comparisons between a film and the novel it was based upon have become mainstay. Amazingly, ardent fans of a particular novel can become polarized when the material is changed in any fashion or perceived in a different sense than the reader imagined. Thus, Book to Film Adaptation Analysis’ are commonplace in today’s society and ripe with the energetic opinions of the consumer. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was a novel written by J.K. Rowling and published by Bloomsbury in 1997.[2] It is the first book in a series and proved immensely successful having won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the United States.[3] It quickly topped the New York Times best seller list and stayed near the top for nearly two years![4] By mid-2008 official translations of the book were published in 67 languages. Hollywood, looking for fresh material, took notice and by the end of 1999, Rowling had sold the film rights to the first four Harry Potter books to Warner Brothers.[5] Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone released to audiences on November 16th, 2001 to great success. Like its predecessor, it received high praise by critics.[6][7] Roger Ebert, well known for his insightful film reviews, gave it four out of four stars calling it “a classic,” and particularly praised

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