list for special effects ran almost as long as the two-and-a-half-hour
He also thinks Robbie Coltrane created a wonderful Hagrid, a gentle
giant of a friend to Harry Potter. "All in all the audience was under a
spell throughout the entire film," he said.
Sean believes the movie was "just as good or better than the book.
Though the screenplay edited out some scenes from the book, overall it
stayed true. Daniel Radcliffe plays an understated Harry Potter who
finally understands the weird things that have happened to him all his
life. He finds a home at Hogwarts, the school for wizards. Emma Watson
plays a perfect Hermione, full of herself and incredibly smart. The
backgrounds in the scenes were awesome. This movie needs to be seen twice
to catch everything."
As testified by Derek and Sean, the movie obviously lives up to the
expectations of Harry Potter fans creating visually the magical world
children fell in love with in J.K Rowling's books. I suppose I'll sound
like a bit of a muggle when I say there were no surprises from screenplay
writer, Steven Kloves. I sat in a full audience hearing no gasps of shock
from scenes depicting three-headed dogs or enormous trolls. In fact, I
heard whispers from children, "This is where Harry" and "What happens
next is. . . ."
Besides the whispers, the only other sound from an enraptured
multi-generational audience was spontaneous applause at the end. Another
muggle-worthy thought occurred to me when viewing the talking portraits,
Nearly Headless Nick (John Cleese) and the tram ride into the bowels of
the goblin bank. Is Harry Potterland at Disney already planned? My
favorite performance in this movie is by Rupert Grint who plays Ron, a
good-natured friend to Harry. His red hair and dimples are adorable.
Whether or not this movie is deserving of the records it is breaking at
the box office, it is good family entertainment and worth the ticket
* SEAN RUHLAND, 12, is a seventh-grader at Marine View Middle School,
DEREK RUHLAND, 14, is a freshman at Huntington Beach High School, and
TERI SIMONIS, 41, is an office assistant for the city of Huntington