Wizards and Other Magical Wonders
The real world--who needs it? Not the movies, not this season, when the true realm of the fantastic beckons so seductively. Great anticipations hover over two projects that bring to the screen the most cherished franchises of fantasy novels in the past half-century: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Directors Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which opens Nov. 16) and Peter Jackson (The Fellowship of the Ring, due Dec. 19) have been on a sacred, scary quest. Each director must feel like a...