Hello, people who may or may not like Harry Potter, this is for you. Check out what I have to say about the Harry Potter movies!
- Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone:
- Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
- Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows P1
- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows P2
- My problems with the Harry Potter Movies:
- Final Thoughts:
So my roommate had never seen the Harry Potter movies or read the books. She had somehow gone her entire life without learning any spoilers. I decided it was my sworn duty as someone who has devoured the series and consumed the movies and embraces the Harry Potter fandom to show her what she was missing. Thus, I grabbed my sorting hat, my Ravenclaw tie, and my time-turner and we started on our journey.
Now, I’m a fan of Harry Potter but it’s been a little bit since I’ve read the books or seen the movies (I’ve been a little busy sorry).
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone:
This movie was an excellent introduction to the series. It’s fairly light-hearted and you get a feel for the characters. This Harry Potter movie is entertaining enough to make you want to keep watching. I introduced my roommate to the theory Harry, Ron, and Hermionie are representative of the other Hogwarts houses. but ultimately are Gryffindor because of the traits each character values more.
Chamber of Secrets
This movie is a little darker than the last one. However, it did bring about some pretty memorable quotes. Truly a piece of art. Moaning Myrtle was pretty funny in a sort of awkward way. The part where they sneak into the Slytherin common room was pretty cool.
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
This one is one of my favorite movies because it introduces you to two of my favorite book characters: Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Note: in the movies, my favorites are Hermionie, McGonagall, and Luna. This movie is cool because it introduces time travel and does a bit of world-building. I think this is also the movie where we start to see a shift from children’s content to more adults. The best scene by far is when Hermionie punches Draco in the face.
Goblet of Fire
This is the Harry Potter movie where we get our first Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff main characters in the forms of Cho Chang and Cedric Diggory. We are introduced to Dumstrang and Beauxbatons. It’s also where we learn Hermionie has feelings for Ron and he leaves her hanging. No confirmation. No nothing. But everything is fine, Harry has a thing for Cho Chang we can just sweep her confession of feelings under the rug for later. That is until Cedric Diggory winds up dead. For me, Cedric’s death was a lot more upsetting but I think it’s due to Cedric’s dad holding his son’s lifeless body and sobbing.
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Aka the movie that introduces everyone’s least favorite: Umbridge. We hated her from the moment she entered the movie and we hated her, even more, when she tortured kids. It did spark a lovely conversation about politics vs school between us. I loved Harry as the leader of Dumbledore’s Army. The theory of Neville, Ginny, Luna, Harry, Ron, and Hermionie being akin to the original six came to mind in the end and the part where Bellatrix holds Neville at wand point or Sirius’ death was not as sad.
This is where we officially have Luna as one of the main characters, Ron gets the most annoying girlfriend ever, and Harry schools Hermionie in the real-world equivalent of chemistry. In terms of the plot with the vanishing cabinet, this one took a lot more explaining to my roommate than some of the other movies did. If you don’t know what you were watching, I think it’s hard to grasp what Draco was trying to do which may have been the idea but it came off as confusing. This movie is the start of the end. At least in terms of definitively trying to finish off Voldemort. It also marks the end of Dumbledore’s life, a sad event for my roommate who didn’t know what was coming. Because of this movie, she did predict Harry was a Horcrux though.
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows P1
The snake scene is more traumatizing than I remember. Maybe it’s because I thought about Snape watching his coworker be tortured, killed, and eaten or Malfoy watching his professor be tortured, killed, and eaten. Mad-eye and Hedwig die but it’s not sad. There’s more torturing of children and Dobby dies. Both are sad. We were also introduced to the Deathly Hallows and when they retell the story of the three brothers I really liked the switch to animation. Especially the kind of animation used where it seems very puppet-like.
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows P2
This one is my roommate’s favorite. The showdown between Snape and McGonagall is legendary and one of my favorite scenes out of all of the films. We were applauding. The battle of Hogwarts brings a lot of death, none of which were sad because we are too busy playing hide-n-seek with Harry to find/destroy the Horcruxes. Then Snape dies and we learn his backstory beyond being bullied, emo wizard child and it is sad. Harry has made up his mind to die and when he’s in the forest, surrounded by his family, had my heart breaking into pieces. Then when Hagrid sees his lifeless body and is forced to carry him? Oh my… I did like how the Malfoy’s were basically done at this point. They left the scene. I liked how Neville was the next to step up and had a total Braveheart moment. Overall, a great movie.
My problems with the Harry Potter Movies:
I know I might get some hate for this. These movies were made for the people who read the books first. If you didn’t read the books first, they are just okay movies because they don’t explain everything. It is the root of many of the issues I have. The characters whose deaths I bawled over in the books had no emotional connection in the movies. Ginny and Harry’s relationship is rushed. Sirius, Lupin, Luna, Dean Thomas are not as good in the movies. Neville vs Harry as the chosen one isn’t explored. The Half-Blood prince’s identity is not a surprise. Who is Fenrir Greyback? If you read the books, you have context. If you didn’t, better watch with someone who has. I didn’t realize this until I watched them with someone who hadn’t read the books. I have a theory that books–especially series–should be turned into tv shows, not movies and I think it holds true for Harry Potter.
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