An analysis of the strategies used in the adaptation of the novel 'Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone' into a video game format for the Playstation console using Skopos theory

Stiles, Paul (2014) An analysis of the strategies used in the adaptation of the novel 'Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone' into a video game format for the Playstation console using Skopos theory. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This essay provides an analysis of the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the video game adaptation for the Playstation console. The aim is to investigate the constraints which govern the adaptation process and to suggest best practices or methods for the development of successful adaptations. The research has been carried out using Skopos theory and the parameters of analysis proposed and developed by Katharina Reiss and Hans Vermeer. Through an analysis of text function, text type, genre and translation strategy it has been possible to ascertain the methods by which a successful adaptation has been created. The results of the analysis indicate that a successful adaptation of a novel to the video game format requires extensive knowledge of story arc development as well as gameplay mechanics. The difference in text type between novel and video game creates many opportunities in which the audiovisual component, which is an integral part of the video game format, can be employed to replace the loss of narrative that is experienced. The genre definitions of each text dictate certain stylistic features that must be present in order to conform to the end users’ expectations of the text. By providing a structured and concrete analysis of adaptation strategies, it is hoped that the conclusions drawn from this essay will enrich the relatively new field of video game adaptation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:17
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16117

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