Movie Analysis: Harry Potter And The Philosopher

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The movie I chose to analyze is a popular children’s movie that is known and loved throughout the world. I watched it on February 3rd. This movie depicts an orphan boy who is raised by his aunt and uncle. He comes to learn that the world he knows is not the world he was born into, and on his 12th birthday, he is brought back into that world. He discovers that he is famous within this world for his family’s tragedy. With his friends’ help he learns how to live in this new world, and with them at his side, he faces his greatest foe. This heartwarming movie introduces bravery, friendship, and more importantly, the world of Magic. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s introduces us to a world where anything is possible, but also to the fear of…show more content…
A sociolinguist will see samples of address terms, various registers, cultures of conversation, variations in politeness, accents and prestige, and very distinct speech communities. These pieces of information support the culture of the wizarding world by the manner of language used.
The beginning of a conversation can provide many details into the participants’ relationship, as well is their attitude towards that person. In greeting, the Wizarding world has set expectations, especially within the walls of Hogwarts. At the beginning of the movie, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore address Minerva McGonagall with the greeting of “professor”, in which she replies the same, but after a few moments pass she refers to him as “Albus”. The listener can infer that the title of professor is an important position, however, these two individuals are well acquainted. However, the manner of addressing is not just important within the Wizarding world, but also to Harry’s family. His aunt, uncle, and cousin never address him by his name, instead they refer to him as “Potter”, “Cousin”, or “Boy”. In addition, Uncle Vernon always changed his tone of
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As I watched the movie, I was surprised at how many sociolinguistic observations I had. I began to understand the movie and its fictional world in a new light. Even though I had noticed many additional topics, the way of addressing and greeting others, the various speech communities and vernaculars, and the differences in accents confirmed to me that language is at the core of how a society is established. I also realized that to create a realistic movie requires in-depth and expansive research in every
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