* Film Critic, The Los Angeles Times
* Contributor to NPR's Morning Edition
* Associate Professor of Theater and Film, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
* Co-Editor, Novels Into Film: The Encyclopedia of Movies Adapted from Books
* Author of several books including The Cider House Rules (Ballentine, 1997), later published The Cider House Rules: A Screenplay (Talk Miramax Books, 1999)
* Actor, Writer, Comedian (did the voices on all four Harry Potter Audio Books)
Harry Potter, the story about an orphaned wizard boy is a literary smash. Now it's a hit movie. What makes a film adaptation work without losing the magic of the story? On the next Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan talks with movie critics and a film historian about the challenges of making a book into a film.