Author J.K. Rowling says its big-screen interpretation is just fine

By Adam B. Vary
July 25, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Lightning has rarely been this hot. Potter-heads are buzzing over the new trailer for this fall’s film version of ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” One reason: In the clip, Harry’s signature lightning-bolt scar has been relocated. Instead of falling between Harry’s eyes, as on the book covers, it’s taken a right turn and landed above actor Daniel Radcliffe’s eye. Hollywood black magic? No, a directive from Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who never pinpoints the scar’s exact location in her writing. According to a Warner Bros. source, Rowling discussed the facial blemish at length with director Chris Columbus, requesting that it be ”razor sharp, just off center.” As for the books, illustrator Mary GrandPré says its placement was left up to her: ”I guess everybody has their own interpretation.”