Adaptation In Harry Potter

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We are constantly surrounded by adaptations, from BBC One’s adaptation of Ann Cleeves Shetland, to Harry Potter. Adaptation is an integral part of our lives as we long always strive for meaning in everything, adaptation can allow us to see new meanings in what we watch and take something we would not necessarily have seen in the original. Adaptation is the application of previous concepts to new concepts, taking for instance a play onto the big screen, whilst the original conditions are lost a new concept and ideals occur for the adaptation. Adaptations are palimpsests, for example, in the Harry Potter films they take from the books that Ginny is in love with Harry and all the girls want to be her friend, however in the films she is mainly…show more content…
Except for the opening song, Alexander Hamilton which surmises his life and is sung by most of the cast. The first act follows Alexander from 1776 till George Washington hires him as Treasury Secretary. The second act picks up in 1789 when Thomas Jefferson came home from France to plead with the President for help in the French Revolution. The second act ends with Hamilton’s death and the work Eliza Hamilton did to preserve his memory and ensure his story would be told. Miranda first decided upon a rap/hip hop musical for the life of Alexander Hamilton after reading Ron Chernow’s biography in 2008, “late in the summer of 2008 Lin told me he wanted to write a hip- hop concept album about the life of Alexander Hamilton”. Many of the songs titles featured in Hamilton dictate an important event in his life, Helpless, Right Hand Man, The Battle of Yorktown. These songs tell the story of meeting his wife, Eliza, becoming the right hand man of George Washington, and the final battle against Britain for independence of which they won. All these songs occur in Act One and are relatively upbeat and the final song of Act One ends with one of the most important lines, “I am not throwing away my shot” and Hamilton alone on the stage with the rest of the cast above him on the set. Non-Stop is a song that Lin-Manuel states “He [Hamilton] will…show more content…
Through another song we learn of Hamilton’s part in the Federalist Papers, “Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays defending the new United States constitution entitled the Federalist papers defending the document to the public…Hamilton wrote the other 51” (non stop). Chernow has a lot to say in regards to Hamilton’s part in the papers, “In the final tally, The Federalist Papers ran to eight five essays, with fifty one attributed to Hamilton” (2004:248) During this scene, the three men playing John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton stand at the back of the stage as Aaron Burr
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