I watched last week the entire Harry Potter series and this week I started reading the books. I don`t know why, but I just did it.
Reading the books and watching the movies remembered me, again, why I should just read the books without watching the movies before.
Reading gives you more details and thrills you more than the movie, although the special effects of a movie makes all these vivid.
One of the details that the first movie missed is how Harry ended up at the Dursley`s and what happened between that moment and when he got the invitation to Hogwarts. It`s an interesting read. Some other details escaped the writers and director of the movies, although you could expect that as even a feature movie is pretty short in comparison with a book.
And you shouldn`t choose the easy way out :).