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Magic, witches and wizards all make up these famous, popular movies and yes, I’m talking about the Harry Potter series. They were popular books before they where movies, but I never read them, so I will just be talking about the movies. I was still in school when I saw the first movie, so yes thinking about how long it’s been I feel old. These movies and books follow a wizard named Harry Potter, though because he lives with his horrible aunt and uncle, he doesn’t realize that until he’s about 11 years old, that’s when his life changes forever. He gets to go to Hogwarts, a magical school for witches and wizards. He’s also famous in his world, for stopping he who must not be named. Once realizing that he is a wizard Harry is excited to go to school and get away from his dreadful aunt and uncle. These eight movies follow him and his friends on their journey to not only protect each other and those they love, but Hogwarts as well, and to stop Voldemort in a final showdown that’s honestly not to be missed, now I won’t go much else into detail because I’m sure you’ve seen these movies by now, or have even read the books, but if not then you definitely should and there’s no better time for that than the 20th anniversary, so sit back relax and enjoy.
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Nothing like reading Jenn's part and making me feel even older. Gee, thanx dear! She was in school when the movie hit, and I was still married. But that brings me to my introduction to the movies. The buzz was floating around about the first movie adaptation. I actually didn't know much about it but was curious. I believe I had a movie pass or gift certificates so I didn't actually have to pay for it so I decided to check it out opening day. The theatre was packed and my wife and mother-in-law were making fun of me for going to see "a kids movie". (Stay tuned, that will change). I loved it and went on to buy the DVD when it came out. That’s when my wife and mother-in-law decided to watch also and loved it. We proceeded to start on the books and going to see the next movies all together.
Everyone knows the story about the 3 friends that banded together against the odds even though they didn't start out on the best terms. So, I won't go into too much detail on that. One thing I think the movies suffered from was trying to squeeze the books into a 2-hour movie. The first couple films were fine. They stayed pretty faithful to the books. As each book got a little bit longer, that required a little more editing. They couldn't release a 6-hour movie. Well, they could. I wouldn't mind a 6-hour movie if I got to see everything included in the books. If they ever remade these (which would probably be a crime punishable by death to most fans), the only thing I see acceptable is an animated style, filling in the novel-length movies. Namely Headless Nick's Death Day party, the flashback of young Snape, James, and Lily and the Marauders. A lot of information missing. Azkaban doesn't even mention, or hint at, that James, Lupin, Sirius, and Pettigrew were the ones that made the map. For the ones that read the books, you know by the time we got to The Deathly Hallows, we had over 700 pages of story to go into. The fans can sit through that long of a movie but the general public can not. That goes back to what I just said. Animated "novel versions" of the movies. Some fans even made them for us-- of sorts. While these were still new, I saw some Sims versions on YouTube. They had taken the audiobook and programmed the Sims characters to act out the dialog. Very interesting. But not all the books were completed and some got removed for copywrite infringement and the channels closed.
Anyway, this is my little piece of remembrance about the introduction and thoughts. Wands up!
My introduction to the series was a little unusual. My dad had been looking into getting his book published, and had come across an article from JK Rowling talking about how hard it had been to get her first story out there. Intrigued with the concept he picked up book one (which in England is actually called "The Philosopher's Stone") and when he finished he brought the book over when he came to visit and told me to read it. I wasn't convinced - it was a middle grade story about a wizarding school - cute - but I didn't see the big deal. Eventually the movie came out and I watched that - and then went back to find the book, and read the series (as far as it was released to).
I think the wizarding world is fabulous. I think it's an amazing way to introduce children to magic, and the story grows into so much more, and is so much darker. Of course having Alan Rickman playing Snape had no influence on me originally wanting to see the movie AT all.
And with that - I will wipe away a tear and join Dave with ending with "Wands Up".
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