Which did you prefer the movie or the book? (Harry Potter)

@starr4all (2865)
December 26, 2006 10:24am CST
I just finished book one in the series (I've already seen all the movies that are already out). I found it surprising that it actually followed the book pretty closely. It's rare that a movie follows the book. Do you prefer the book or the movie? I still like the movie just because I can watch it in one sitting. Whereas a book might take me longer.
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• United States
27 Dec 06
I prefer the books much more over the movies. the first couple movies depict the books very well and even the third one isn't too much different from the book, but I was very disappointed with the 4th movie. I think the books help you to understand what is going on more, but that the movies will only show you what is important for the overall storyline.
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@starr4all (2865)
27 Dec 06
I totally agree with your statement! Thanks for commenting!
• India
27 Dec 06
Anyday the book is more comprehensive than the movie as such... both have got their own uniqueness!!! if u are able to visualise the scenes as and when u read them, then am sure the book is the ultimate thing to read as against watching the movie.. the movie has a slight edge, as the saying goes "A picture is worth a 1000 words!!!!" u get involved by watching the movies and are more often than not stunned by the special effects that a picture of this magnitude displays!!! well, so i prefered watching the movie as much as reading the book!!! both are cool!!!
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@daqn4etoo (136)
• Bulgaria
27 Dec 06
i prefer ther book becouse i like reading but actually when we watch it its more stilling with all these sound and others effect :)
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@maryannemax (12173)
• Sweden
27 Dec 06
i've seen all harry potter movies. and i am waiting for the next one. harry potter is really amazing. it has a very nice story. that's why after watching the first movie, i went to the bookstore to see if i can afford to buy a book. well,i can afford one. it's a bit expensive but not that expensive for me. but when i flipped through the pages... it's really a thick book! and i am not much fond of reading too thick books. i did not buy it. but i hope i can find time one day to read it. books are better than movies. helps my imagination work.
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• Pakistan
27 Dec 06
i always preferred the book, i see the movies only for some creatures, i need clearification for and nothing else.
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• United States
26 Dec 06
Actually the movies stop following the books so well after the second one. I prefer the books.
@starr4all (2865)
26 Dec 06
Thanks for telling me that. I'm almost to the first half of the second book. I don't know what came over me but I've been on a Harry potter kick the last few days. I've rewatched most of the movies and I'm now on the second book. Thanks for responding!
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• United States
26 Dec 06
Agreed. The 3rd movie they make minor but unnessary changes and the fourth one is even worse....I ranted for 30 min after I left the theatre when I watched Goblet.
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• Ireland
2 Jan 07
Yep, the books are definitely better. When I saw Goblet of Fire, I think I would have been really confused if I hadn't read the book already. I had to sit there and explain what was going on to the person who watched it with me :) The last few books in particular are way too long to make one decent film out of without leaving out chunks of the storyline. I actually think the films are really disappointing compared to the books.
• United States
27 Dec 06
I like the books better they allow you to imagine the scenes and the people and you feel like you are right there in the book when you are reading it, to me it is so much better than watching the movie. I will always read the book first, and most always find I enjoyed it better than watching a movie.
@xXmeganxX (4423)
27 Dec 06
id say id prefer the love more than the book it's a lot more interesting because you can see it happening in the film not with the story you have to imagine it sort of thing!
@xXmeganxX (4423)
27 Dec 06
id say i love and prefer the movie more than the book as you can see what's happening with the book you have to imagine it sort of thing! had to write it again, made a mistake LOL
@SK401001 (934)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I have to say I like the books better, I still like the movies but I think after reading the books the movie can not really be compared
@kellahinx (372)
• United States
26 Dec 06
If you have read all the books pretty thoroughly you will notice a lot of differences. However Christopher Columbus (the drictor of the first 2 movies does follow the plot fairly well). I prefer the books outright. tome there is no comparison, but I still enjoy the movies. I read a review one time of the first movie that I agree with. Its point was that even though the plot is pretty close, the portrayal of the characters in the first 2 movies falls quite short of their development in the books. Harry has no autonomy and is made to be completely innocent. In the books he gets himself into all sorts of trouble that the movie never portrays. I like the mischeivious kid in the books better. I think that Alfonso Curian does a better job portraying the characters, but cared less about the plot. which at the very least made for a more interesting movie, albeit a little confusing. I don't know how I feel about movie #4 because I thin it did the best that it could within the timeframe that it had and was the most interesting and cohesive movie. however, it left out so much that i was disappointed. I hope that #5 fairs a little better in my book.
@starr4all (2865)
27 Dec 06
You made some good points. I'll keep that in mind. I'm almost half way through the second book. I too noticed that the movie left out a lot of his troublemaking in the first movie. Though, I still think the first movie was close to the book. Thanks for responding!
• India
4 Jan 07
ya..i think the dumbledore character was totally absurd.. he was kept at high esteem in books.. but in 4th movie the actor was terrible..
@JashleyB (1441)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I love the moives so much but will always love the books a tiny bit more. Because it is just so much more descriptive. Movies have to be a certain amount of time so they cut out some important stuff.
@starr4all (2865)
5 Jan 07
That's true that they have so cut out so much important stuff. I like them both but the books are turning out to be really good!
• United States
4 Jan 07
For me I always prefer to read the book before watching the movie. It helps get my own concept on what the auther is saying. With Harry Potter they really did do an amazing job bringing it to life in the movies.
@starr4all (2865)
4 Jan 07
I do try to read the book before the movie, but not this time with Harry Potter. I actually kind of like reading the books after the movies. I catch things more now.
• India
4 Jan 07
what? you're joking right? there's a big difference between book and movie.. but you wont notice them if you read the book once.. read it three or four times and then watch movie..you'll see the differences
@starr4all (2865)
4 Jan 07
I know their is a difference between the two. I love reading but I also love the books.
@hirumon (90)
• India
4 Jan 07
Book book book.. movie will never get the majic the book gives.. The mood of book is different than movies.. Books rulez
• India
4 Jan 07
i couldnt have disagreed with you.. its absolutely true.. movie can never reach the effect of books
• Philippines
2 Jan 07
The movies were based from the books so i prefer the written version. The visual effects in the movies were great but my imagination (while reading the book word by word) is far better. Some parts were also missing in the movie versions. Reading the book may take you long but it will add more to the story's suspense.. :)
@starr4all (2865)
3 Jan 07
That's true. I found that reading the story after watching the movies helped explain things. There are so many more details in the book than the movie. Thanks for responding!
• United States
30 Dec 06
I much rather prefer the books, because the movies sometimes leave things out. I know that not all the things in the book can be in the move, but things that I thought were vital to the story were left out of the movies. I have enjoyed 3 out ofthe 4 movies throughly, but still believe the books are more enjoyable than the movies.
@starr4all (2865)
30 Dec 06
I agree with your statement about what they leave out. Which one did you not like? I think the last one was a lot darker than the first three. Thanks for responding!
• Romania
28 Dec 06
I don't know... I like them both. OK... maybe a little more the books...
@starr4all (2865)
28 Dec 06
I'm finding they are both excellent. I'm slowly reading the books but I've seen the movies already. I'm excited about the next movie to come out. Thanks for responding!
@ethree6 (10)
• United States
27 Dec 06
It's hard for me to pick. I like the books alot because they are way more detailed &obviously the story is much better because a movie cannot withold all those details. However, I like the movies a lot too because it's you actually being able to see what you've been reading (if you read the books.) It's a tie for me really I gues.
@starr4all (2865)
27 Dec 06
I'm with you on this one. I like being able to visualize reading and the books have a lot more details. But the movies I like to see happening before my eyes. thanks for responding!
• India
27 Dec 06
As far as time is concern i prefer Movie but as far as my passion for reading goes I love Reading harry potter books..
@starr4all (2865)
27 Dec 06
That's the way I am. I used to gobble books up daily. I used to sit and could read a whole book in a day and love it! Now I don't have as much time since I have a family. But I'm trying to add more reading to my day. Thanks for responding.
@jess_meow (229)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I gotta say book. Even though I stopped reading after the fifth book (Sirius! NOOOO!!!) the movies don't seem to convey that sense of wonder and mistical amazement that the first four books offer.
@starr4all (2865)
27 Dec 06
I find that most books to movies have a hard time conveying the wonders and magic of the book. But, I still like both in this series. Thanks for commenting!
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
27 Dec 06
I prefer the movie for it is easy for me to understand the story for I spend short time than reading the book.
@starr4all (2865)
29 Dec 06
Thats me. If I don't have a lot of time to spend on a project/book then I watch the movie. But when I have time then I read the book as well. I'm also reading The Da Vinci Code. So I have my plate full with these two. Thanks for responding!
@babs6219 (153)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I seem to be the exception to the rule. I cannot get into any of the books, ( although I love to read), but really enjoyed the movies. This is an interesting topic, I'll be curious to see all of the responses.
@starr4all (2865)
27 Dec 06
I watched the movies first. I didn't think I would get into the books but I found that I'm loving them. I'm surprised at how many people are responding to this discussion! Thanks for responding!