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  Potter is 'lightweight', says Rings actor
Updated 08 November 2001, 13.06
Lord of the Rings
A Lord of the Rings actor has attacked the Harry Potter movie for being "lightweight stuff".

John Rhys-Davies, who plays hero dwarf Gimli, predicted that his film would do better than The Philosopher's Stone at the box office.

Side by side

John said: "I dread to say it, but I actually think, when the two films are looked at side by side, you'll see one has a texture and a depth and a moral dimension to it that will make Harry Potter look a little slight.

"That's not a bad thing. I'm not being dismissive of Harry Potter. I think it will do well - but it's pretty lightweight stuff.

Thinker

"Lord Of The Rings author J R R Tolkien is a considerable writer and, I think, a considerable thinker."

The Lord of the Rings, which is said to last almost three hours, is longer than Harry Potter, which clocks in at two hours and 32 minutes.

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