Harry Potter and the fidelity debate

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dc.contributor.author Cartmell, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Whelehan, Imelda, 1960-
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-10T20:21:58Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-10T20:21:58Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Cartmell, D. J. and Whelehan, I. (2005) Harry Potter and the fidelity debate. In: Aragay, Mireia (ed.) Books in motion. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 37-49. en
dc.identifier.isbn 9042019573
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/104
dc.description This item has been published in: Aragay, Mireia (ed.) Books in motion. [©Rodopi]
dc.description.abstract This chapter takes as example the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997), and its film adaptation, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), to show how a commitment to fidelity (in response to the perceived demands of readers/ viewers) compromises the processes of adaptation. The intention to include ‘everything’ in the film adaptation of the book is analysed to show how this ultimately throws what is left ‘out’ into even sharper relief. Extraordinarily, what is left out is the cinematic dimensions of the novel—most essentially, the novel’s appropriation of Star Wars, which has been argued to be the defining text of contemporary popular cinema. The impossibility of translating the narrative and literary traditions behind the Harry Potter novels onto screen is the focus of this chapter. Concentrating mainly on the most filmic episodes in the first Harry Potter novel, this chapter looks at Chris Columbus’s missed opportunities, resulting in the virtually unanimous ‘not as good as the book’ reviews. en
dc.language en en
dc.publisher ©Rodopi en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Contemporary cinema, vol.2
dc.subject.ddc 823.914
dc.subject.lcsh Literature for children
dc.title Harry Potter and the fidelity debate en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.researchgroup Centre for Adaptations
dc.researchgroup English Research Group en


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