Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, was wicked off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after he learned he was a wizard. During the next 7 years he would learn more about his past, forge life long friendships and reveal his involvement in a prophesy to destroy the most dark wizard of all time……just a quick recap in case you missed the world wide phenomenon or weren’t born yet when it was released, in which case you make me feel old.
Say what you will about the author of the original books, and she has gone on record saying some incredibly vile and hateful things, but Harry Potter was a big part of a lot of our childhoods. I saw every one of these films in the cinema, dressed up as Hermione for parties and Halloween, and still have my seven very battered copies of the books. It had been a very VERY long time since I had seen any of these films, and while I was self isolating a few weeks back, decided that was a great time to have a Potter-athon and see if they are still as magical as I remember them being when I was a kid.
The short answer is yes. The series for sure has it’s highs and lows, and everyone will have their favourites. Mine are Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix. But I still think that they are some of the best cast, and most faithful adaptions of the source material that Hollywood have ever released. The core trio, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were just prenominal the entire time. And as they grew older, and their characters have to deal with darker and more adult things, their acting got stronger and stronger. It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing any of those roles. Any of the roles at all really. But a standing ovation really does have to go to the late, great Alan Rickman, for his jaw dropping performance as Professor Snape. The end of his story is still absolutely heart-breaking.
Like I just mentioned, the films stay pretty faithful to their original material, and that works excellently for the most part, until we get to the two part finale. The wondering around on a hunt for horcruxes may work OK in the books, though I do remember finding it a bit tedious there too, but it makes the first half of ‘Deathly Hallows’ feel very long and dull. Especially if you think that the other six films we have seen have been fast paced and set in the wonderful backdrop of Hogwarts. The constant drab forest scenes in Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a big change. But there was so much story, and lore and background to fit into that final story that I suppose it makes sense to split it in two.
It’s a shame they had to try and capitalise on the success of these films with the much less popular ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, which I will not be watching. The world was fine without that addition, especially the second one.
Have you watch/read Harry Potter? Which is your favourite/Least favourite?