Originally posted by Thorn07
I think the authors of the books should have way more to do with the making of the movies,
I would have to disagree with that to some degree. Whats need is good script writers and directors. People who know how to take a good book and translate it into a good movie like Peter Jackson did with LOTR. As well as a studio that will back it up financially. Authors write books with detail to create images in your mind. You need someone who can condense the essence of a book into 1.5 hours. Not an easy task when working with any book let alone epics like Harry Potter or LOTR. This is the reason books often fail as movies, not just to fans of the books.