Apart from the exclusion of certain characters throughout the film, there have been minimal changes to the personality traits and behaviors in both the film and novel. Both mediums represent the characters similarly; however the film does not quite add as much emphasis to the “wacky” behavior of Dumbledore. Unfortunately, there are many aspects of his personality that do not get a mention, due to limitations on film production and the ability of the actors and actresses. One of the main scenes in the novel portrays Dumbledore’s eccentric behavior, was excluded from the film was that of the sorting ceremony as well as the singing of the school song. Even though Columbus was unable to fully portray Dumbledore as the same man that Rowling described in her novel, he instead decides to portray Dumbledore as a wise and powerful old man. One of the most noted missing characters in Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone film would be that of Neville Longbottom. He was excluded from numerous scenes in the film, and replaced with other characters such as Ron Weasley. Such occasions include; The meeting of Fluffy, the three headed dog, along with Hermione and Harry, as well as receiving detention for being out of bed after hours. This scene was the buildup to the detention in the Forbidden Forest, in which Ron was used instead. Neville was possibly excluded from these scenes due to his description as a bumbling careless character.
These changes have occurred in order for the production to appeal to a much broader range than the novel first targeted. In order for the film to live up to the directors expectations, scenes were shortened, excluded, and altered in order to achieve the goal of producing a film similar to the novel, but a film that would still be appealing for the masses of fans expecting to see their most beloved characters. These changes altered the story line, but it is the responsibility of the viewer to decide whether or not they felt the alterations were negative, or positive. The directors aim to create a film that was true to the book was successful for the most part. It consisted of no major plot changes or unexpected situations that affected the story line.
These short essays were completed as my do at home exam. (3 hour period to write as much as possible on 4 different texts, pertaining to 2 separate questions.
‘Fantasy offers young readers not an escape from the challenges of everyday life, but an opportunity to consider those challenges from a less distressing perspective. To what extent is this true?’
The purpose of reading a fantasy novel, or any novel for that fact, is to “consider the challenges from a less distressing perspective”; however in doing so, the reader will fall into the novel, more so if it is an enjoyable read. It is not due to the reader solely escaping from real life, but a mark of a great read that the reader cannot help but become stimulated by. When a reader reads an article that is more interesting than their own life, they may just fall into the story as it gives them higher feelings of enjoyment and peacefulness.
J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone in 1997 to be published by Bloomsbury publishing. Her writing is and has been considered the fore most popular form of fantasy writing for the majority of the 21st century. Her writing opened up an entirely fanciful and wonderful world for all readers of any age to explore through many different facets. Through the development of her story, she has allowed the readers the possibility to explore different characters, different worlds, and many different possibilities.
The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel written by Suzanne Collins in 2008 and published by Scholastic Press. The Hunger Games was her first series to gain worldwide recognition. The novel contains uncommon themes given its reading age. It is classed as a dystopian novel, but its other themes include suffering as entertainment, and specifically outline the inequality between the rich and poor. A dystopian novel is a novel in which contains large themes of pain and suffering, however that is not the major appeal that draws so many readers. It is the Battle Royale style of teens killing each other which appeals to its readers.
Through Harry Potter, Rowling has allowed readers to take on the characters role and look through their eyes at events and possibilities that are impossible in the real world. Even though Rowlings writing is entirely fictional, in it, she has developed real life scenarios that are quite possible, such as the death of a loved one, complex relationships, and a sense of belonging. Through her writing, Rowling has established an emotional link with the reader that they can use to help deal with the problems in their own reality.
In both The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone, the readers are able to see what toll certain impacts can take on a person and due to those scenarios; it is possible for the reader to form a bond with the character and show empathy towards he or she as they go through the hardship together. This allows the reader to gain greater meaning from the novel and the situations that are explored will have greater emphasis. The reader knows it is fictional, but the reader will see that the fear and anger and psychological damage and manipulation shown in the novel are very possible. Throughout either novel, the reader has the opportunity to consider every perspective in great detail and possibly think over those situations. The reader has the opportunity to “consider those challenges from a less distressing perspective”. During the events that occur throughout the story, the characters themselves learn, which is expected, but at the same time, the reader is absorbing information that could relate to their own situations, be it starting relationships such as in Harry Potter. “Harry, said the other twin, ‘did we introduce ourselves/ Fred and George Weasely. And this is Ron, our brother…..”(p74) Or being strong for your family, such as in The Hunger Games “With one sweep of my arm, I push her behind me. “I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute” (p26). To some, this demonstrates an unfathomable amount of love and courage that is possible, no matter the scenario.
Throughout both novels, the characters demonstrate primal urges of fear and anger, that most readers are able to connect with. Rowling and Collins demonstrate the most feared action of death, and that it is such a simple thing, however show that it can cause those effected to fight even harder, to push through the hurt and the tragedy of death until they realise they are not alone. Katniss from The Hunger Games regularly goes through stages of death and misery, however in the end, she comes out stronger. “Her hand reaches out and I clutch it like a lifeline. As if it’s me who’s dying instead of Rue.” (p283) As one of the most beloved characters is killed off, it inspires Katniss to fight harder. This could be seen as a metaphor in many people’s lives, that when you lose one thing, you fight harder.
Throughout both novels, the characters demonstrate basic emotions of belonging and of safety that each reader is able to connect with. Rowling and Collins both demonstrate that it is easy to destroy a home and the safety that you can feel in that home, but they also demonstrate that the damage can be repaired, and safety returned, if you persist, or if you hope. This could be said for Harry, never having a place that he felt he belonged, until he went to Hogwarts. “While you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts.” (p85) This feeling of belonging drives everybody to feel safe and secure, and through Rowlings writing, many people are able to feel it in different ways.
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