Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our Moveable Feast goes to the movies

Part 4 of a series of 5

Our Moveable Feast, the Community Library's annual fundraiser, tackled books that were made into movies as its theme. Organizer Peggy Goldwyn interviewed some local teens to get their position on the popular Harry Potter series. Tickets for the March 11 feast are for sale now through the library in Ketchum. Please note, there is no free film being shown for this book.

Author J.K. Rowling's vision has created a series of seven books and eight motion pictures. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was first published in America in 1998. The second part of the two-part film version of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was released in 2011. Which book and film are the favorites of readers who grew up with Harry? Are they one and the same?

Theo Castellano-Wood, 13, likes the first book in the series the best, because "it seemed to have the most magical qualities in it and it wasn't all just about Harry defeating Voldemort." For film, he picks "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

"I think the first book of a series is the best one, but when it comes to movies, I enjoy action-packed ones better than any other," he said.

Theo's twin sister, Victoria, also selected the film but chose "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the second in the series, as her favorite book.


"Harry is still learning new things and you can discover so many secrets," she said. "I could let my imagination run."

She said the best part of the film was that "it followed the book's storyline."

Isabelle Caraluzzi, 15, has a different point of view.

"My favorite book is "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" because it has the Quidditch World Cup and the Tri-Wizard Tournament," she said. "My favorite movie was also the fourth one, because I really liked the way that they filmed the tasks happening."

Isabelle noted that after the second film, there was a switch of directors.

"Christopher Columbus' vision was whimsical, and what you would imagine for a movie about magic," she said. "In the third movie, it becomes dark and frightening, and although the third book is scary, it would have been very cool to see what would have been done by Columbus."

Miles Hendrix, 19, selected the fifth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

"That was when the war really began and the children were forced to become adults and take the fight into their own hands," he said.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was his favorite film adaptation because "the writing fulfilled the ideas of the book the most—that community can overcome power."

Harry Potter fans are hugely opinionated," Miles concluded. "I asked five friends what their favorites were and I got five different answers."

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