Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (called
Bildungsromanby the Germans) appeal not only to children, but to adolescents and adults
. Whether looking forward to the future or back to the past, readers and viewers of all ages can relate to the passages of their lives as the innocence of their youth yields to the experience of mature adulthood. Harry’s coming-of-age begins at age 11, and he welcomes his rescue from the bleak treatment of an aunt and uncle and his entry into the magical world of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. How well does director Chris Columbus do in capturing Harry’s coming-of-age and conveying the fantasy and magic of it to diverse audiences? Explain.