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The Harry Potter film series
« on: April 15, 2018, 02:35:46 PM »
I didn't get swept up in Pottermania is real time. I read the books a couple years ago and loved them. Then after a time I decided to buy the Blu-Ray set. I had seen Goblet of Fire on a date, but it was a midnight showing, and my date was more interested in the film than me, so I dozed off*. The only implication here is that Michael Gambon was my first Dumbledore.

So I recently watched through all the movies, without the benefit, or detriment, of time between each film as if I watched them upon their release in the theater. These are not the greatest films I've ever seen, but they are damn fun and enjoyable, and quite the overall achievement. I am sure people on the net have dissected all the differences and changes they made. We can discuss those here, but I won't get too wrapped up in them, as it takes a little more thought than I want to commit to that activity. I think by and large each film was made the right way, and while most changes/omissions/additions made for time, budget, or creative purposes seem reasonable, only one seemed to bother me in real time and continues to weigh on me.

The casting is genius. The whole story arc hinges on Potter himself, and Daniel Radcliffe is nothing short of astonishing. As do everyone else. I knew who all the major actors were since I read the books after the movies came out, so I already had them in my mind when I was reading, again for better or worse. But everyone delivered admirably.

I am starting to ramble.... discuss the Harry Potter film series here.


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Re: The Harry Potter film series
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2018, 03:53:08 PM »
I haven't reflected on this series much, but I am now, and it's a little staggering to me how this has been a part of (just about) my entire life. I was 6 when the first book was released, and I have all kinds of memories, from reading the book with my older sister in her room when we were little kids, to being 16 and getting the final book as one of the last gifts my grandmother ever gave me. So Harry Potter was always there in my childhood.

I think most of the films do a stellar job of portraying the books properly on screen. Most. Just going off the top of my head here. I do think the portrayal of the characters is spot on for almost every role in each film, which is impressive given the enormous amount of characters. If I had to rank them, I'd probably do it this way from favorite to least:

Deathly Hallows Part 2
Order of the Phoenix
Chamber of Secrets
Half-Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows Part 1
Sorcerer's Stone
Prisoner of Azkaban*
Goblet of Fire*

I don't like Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. PoA is my least favorite book (not as entertaining to me), and GoF is my least favorite film (suffers from being very rushed). All the others are fantastic, and I still think the first two films are fun to watch and look great.
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Re: The Harry Potter film series
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 04:12:25 PM »
I am a little envious of those younger people who could "grow up" with Harry like you.

Didn't think to rank them, despite that is what we here at dtf.org do. Goblet of Fire is my least favorite book and movie. I think it has the weakest story. I am not sure there is much separation otherwise. Which is why I view the series as highly as I do.
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Re: The Harry Potter film series
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2018, 11:03:35 PM »
Never read the books and totally dismissed it as cutesy kiddie flicks without actually knowing what I was talking about. Saw the first film at a family members house and got sucked in. Then the films just got darker and darker. Wife and I ended up seeing the last 4 or 5 in the theater.

Was in Orlando last year on business and the conference rented out Universal Orlando for a private party one evening. Spent almost the entire night in Diagon Alley. Was mesmerizing. Went on the Gringott's ride which was pretty cool.

As a sidebar, if you're interested in a rated R version of Potter, check out SyFy's The Magicians tv show. Third season just ended. They even throw in an occasional Potter joke here and there. It too is based off of a novel series. From what I understand, they try to stay pretty close to the books. It is very vulgar and grown-up from a language perspective. I believe Netflix has the first two seasons.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 01:17:58 AM »
Half Blood Prince to me was the best.

I think the movies series was fantastic, and that they got lucky in getting the trio. Of course we don't have counterproof but really, how lucky they got in getting those three? they fitted the bill perfectly. the movies were faithful renditions, there were no elves at Helm's Deep kind of thing. The only thing they screwed up? oh, a minor detail, Voldemort's final defeat  ;D really, the whole point of it was to show that Tom Riddle was a mortal man afraid of death, and that he died like anybody else, to have him snowglobe to death into the air made him look like a demon from another world.
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Re: The Harry Potter film series
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 01:26:42 AM »
I haven't read any of the books, just watched the movies a couple of years ago. I quite liked them. I think I'll be rewatching them soon.

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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 04:30:19 AM »
I've read the books and seen most of the movies, and like the series ok. Like many things though, some of the people who are REALLY obsessed with it alarm me a little

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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 07:13:32 AM »
My wife and I are rewatching these movies as she finishes each book. Overall I think the movies do a pretty good job of adapting the books. Really the only character that isn't really well translated is Dumbledore. In the books he's pretty goofy and funny at times. He's always very serious in the movies. That doesn't really bother me at all though. There are occasionally spots in the movies that you miss something if you haven't read the books, but that's to be expected, especially on the longer books. They can't leave everything in.

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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 07:41:35 AM »
I was sad S.P.E.W wasn't more included in the movies.

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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2018, 08:01:17 AM »
my 10 year old is currently reading the series and is on book 5.  we have been watching the movies after each book is completed.  both my wife and I have read the series and its interesting going back and rediscovery things with the kid.

we may be venturing down to Orlando after he finishes the series.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2018, 05:18:27 AM »
My wife is a fan, so I've seen the movies a couple of times.  I haven't read the books, but the only films I kind off like are 3 & 4.  David Yates is a shit director with no visual flair whatsoever, throw in his favored monotone pallet (it's a kids film, throw in some colour at the screen for Gods sake) and the final 4 films are a real borefest.

Also Rupert Grint was the only one of the trio of main kid actors who can actually act, Emma has the tendency to wiggle her eyebrows and shout act alot and Daniel is just wooden.
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Re: The Harry Potter film series
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2018, 06:19:30 AM »
Read the books twice - I remember taking a trip to Vegas just after the final book came out.  I'm laying out by the pool at the Flamingo in 112 degree weather, drinking a margarita and I have tears in my eyes as I'm reading the scene where Harry goes to the forest to sacrifice himself to Voldemort.  My wife asks what's wrong and I'm saying "she just killed Harry Potter!" as I'm laying out by the pool.  What a strange place to be reading that book.

The films are magical.  I had no interest in them until my mom rented the first movie and made me watch it - I was in my early 20s then and had never read the books.  She knew how much I loved sci fi and fantasy movies, but at the time, I wasn't interested in the phenomenon of the kids' story as it was blowing up.  I was wrong.  Such a perfect job in casting every single part.   I can't wait until my kids are old enough to read the books and watch the movies. 

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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2018, 11:41:25 AM »
I can't wait until my kids are old enough to read the books and watch the movies. 

We're debating the appropriate age for my kids to start. The first few books aren't too bad for younger kids, but by the end they're definitely for older kids. Not a problem if you start at 8 with the first book if you read them in real time as they were released, but my son will want to read them all within a few weeks of each other and we don't think he's old enough to read the last few. So I guess we wait a couple more years. Actually I plan on reading them aloud to my kids.

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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2018, 11:46:56 AM »
We made each of our boys wait to see the movies until they read the books, which I think was a good idea.  Somewhere along the way, we dropped the ball with our daughter, and she ended up seeing the movies with all of us without having read the books yet.  Oh well.  :dunno:

I've never read the books myself.  From the films, I can say that they seem like fun enough stories.  I've just never taken the time to read them.  The movies themselves are good, but I find that they don't really hold my interest, and I usually seem to find my mind wandering and looking for something else to do when watching them. 
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2018, 07:03:23 AM »
The final battle of the series is awesome. I watched it last night just to relive it and wow is that some epic wizardry action.
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