So, I got into the Pottermore Beta and was sorted to Ravenclaw. It has long been the house I associated with the most. Vindication is such a nice feeling.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our month with Mr. Potter. I know I have. By the way, Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is awesome and you should totally go and see it if you haven’t.
It would normally be a good idea to end things on a high note, but this whole month has been “the best this” or “my favorite that” so I’m gonna switch it up and talk about something negative. What the films got wrong. Not just compressing content for time. I can understand that from a filmmaking perspective. What I’m talking about is the omission of certain aspects that could be considered pivotal to the world of Harry Potter. Now some of them can be blamed on producing the movies mid-stream with the books, meaning the film makers weren’t privy to details that would be important later. These are things that missing, that when I look at them I really have to wonder what the hell were they thinking when they put it all together. What are they? Well let’s have at it shall we? Also: SPOILERS! (more…)
Two weeks ago, I covered my favorite scenes from the books. Now that I’ve seen all the films, it is time to discuss my favorites from that set of media. You’d think they’d match up, but no. What makes a good film scene and what makes a good book scene are different. It depends on score, acting, editing and more. Its a different art form entirely. Having once been interested in film/video, I can appreciate the difference and see the films independently from the novels.
This list is mostly comprised of scenes from earlier films, but the last one (as they are presented in chronological order) is from Deathly Hallows: Part 2, so if you haven’t seen it, or read the book: SPOILERS!
Well, the final film premiered last night. But since I wrote this before seeing it, I can’t really talk about it yet. Instead though, I’m going to shift from the books for a bit and talk about the films. Most Potter fans, myself included, tend to regard the books and films on different levels and almost treated as two separate entities. For though the principal story is the same, they are treated with different focuses and details. Any book fan will tell you “Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs” are, but anyone who has only seen the movies will have no idea.
But let us not dwell on the differences of mediums, for what makes a good book and what makes a good film are two very different things. Let’s talk about something the films did right, and that only films can do: Casting. Who plays what character? Did they do a good job? While some of the casting is spotty, some of it is spot on. Let’s discuss.
You know, what I did a pretty good intro to this whole Harry Potter thing last week so I’m going to forgo the sticky details and say that today’s Five is about my favorite scenes from the books. This is very likely to have a followup later with favorite scenes from the films. With that terse intro done with, lets get to the Five presented in chronological order.
Oh yea! I figure its worth mentioning there’s going to be spoilers here. So if you’ve only watched the films, there could be some nasty surprises here.
[Hey! Sorry about missing yesterday. The week went by so fast that it totally just slipped my mind. Don’t think I’ll let that happen again anytime soon.]
Grab your cloaks, wands and cauldrons boys and girls as murf is gearing up for the grandest of grand finales. That’s right. This month, the Harry Potter films are reaching their final hour as we watch Harry and Voldemort face off in an epic battle of wizardy goodness. I’m going to be celebrating the end of one of my favorite franchises with a whole month of Friday Five’s. Which oddly enough there are five Friday’s this July. So we’ll be celebrating a mixture of both the books and the films, but for the most part I’m basing my lists from the original novels.
I’m sorry for inundation of Potter this month, but I’m excited and really, how often to get you a see the closure of a decade long film series? So let’s begin. Oh, and for what it’s worth, this month is going to likely be all full of spoilers from every damn angle possible. So buckle up kiddies for our month-long ride to and through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.