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Old 30-01-2013, 21:32
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The only one I really liked was Deathly Hallows Part One, because it was such a departure from the usual Harry Potter films. I'm not a fan of the film franchise in general but I did enjoy that one.
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Old 30-01-2013, 21:51
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Actually a really good question and afraid I'm going to be one of the odd people that rates it differently to the majority of others:

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

...which is a completely different order from my book preference. I felt the first two films stayed most faithful to the books.

My favourite book was Prisoner of Azkaban but then the movie destroyed it for me. I felt they tried to follow the book but did it in such a way that it just wasn't enjoyable for me. The book was genuinely suspenseful at points whereas the film took all of those moments and ruined them (finding the portrait of the fat lady slashed in the book was so much more exciting than the film).

I also thought Sir Michael Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore was terrible which may have something to do with why I enjoy the first two movies first.

I agree with ShaunIOW. The additions to the films not in the books were a poor decision (and I don't think I'll ever forgive them for inserting the 'Is that really what my hair looks like from the back?!' line by Hermione in PoA. So out of character at the stage in the story.

Half-Blood Prince, while a book that could hold its own in terms of story, was a very dull and boring movie. It's an important one too, but I was completely unmoved by the death of Dumbledore.

I felt the movies lost a lot of the 'magic' as they went on and was personally quite disappointed with Deathly Hallows and the Battle for Hogwarts. The flight of Snape was heaps better in the book (and the confrontation between the Carrows and McGonagall in the Ravenclaw common room).

Order of the Phoenix is now my favourite book but the movie doesn't do it justice at all. I get that it's a long book and things had to be cut out, but they could have done so much more with the rivalry between McGonagall and Umbridge. She was also a whole lot worse in the books (though I quite liked Imelda Staunton's portrayal) and such a great villain.

I think they underused a lot of the talent they had. As a HUGE McGonagall fan as well as Maggie Smith one, I was very sad her presence in the books was not represented by equal representation in the films.
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Old 30-01-2013, 21:55
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1. Chamber of Secrets
2. Philosopher's Stone
3. Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
5. Goblet of Fire
6. Half Blood Prince
7. Order of the Phoenix
8. Deathly Hallows Pt. 1
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Old 30-01-2013, 22:00
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I think I've broadly liked them less and less as they went on. I much preferred the earlier films when they were kids and it was all a bit of an adventure.

Generally I've found them more and more disappointing as they went on. Which is annoying because it is my kind of genre.
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Old 31-01-2013, 12:05
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Actually a really good question and afraid I'm going to be one of the odd people that rates it differently to the majority of others:

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

...which is a completely different order from my book preference. I felt the first two films stayed most faithful to the books.

My favourite book was Prisoner of Azkaban but then the movie destroyed it for me. I felt they tried to follow the book but did it in such a way that it just wasn't enjoyable for me. The book was genuinely suspenseful at points whereas the film took all of those moments and ruined them (finding the portrait of the fat lady slashed in the book was so much more exciting than the film).

I also thought Sir Michael Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore was terrible which may have something to do with why I enjoy the first two movies first.

I agree with ShaunIOW. The additions to the films not in the books were a poor decision (and I don't think I'll ever forgive them for inserting the 'Is that really what my hair looks like from the back?!' line by Hermione in PoA. So out of character at the stage in the story.

Half-Blood Prince, while a book that could hold its own in terms of story, was a very dull and boring movie. It's an important one too, but I was completely unmoved by the death of Dumbledore.

I felt the movies lost a lot of the 'magic' as they went on and was personally quite disappointed with Deathly Hallows and the Battle for Hogwarts. The flight of Snape was heaps better in the book (and the confrontation between the Carrows and McGonagall in the Ravenclaw common room).

Order of the Phoenix is now my favourite book but the movie doesn't do it justice at all. I get that it's a long book and things had to be cut out, but they could have done so much more with the rivalry between McGonagall and Umbridge. She was also a whole lot worse in the books (though I quite liked Imelda Staunton's portrayal) and such a great villain.

I think they underused a lot of the talent they had. As a HUGE McGonagall fan as well as Maggie Smith one, I was very sad her presence in the books was not represented by equal representation in the films.
I agree about the Portrayal of Umbridge, I'm reading Order of the Phoenix at the moment,, the characters in the books carry forward well into the movie which speaks volumes for the casting and their performances. When I read the books, I see the movie characters. But with books as big as OoTP, you're never going to make everyone happy.

That said, i think the mistakes with some choices are glaring.

I wish Goblet of Fire would have included some Dursley scenes, especially with the Weasley's visiting and wreaking havoc in the living room.

Why did it take so long for Harry to get the Firebolt in Prizoner of Azkaban?

Why didn't we explore more of Tom Riddles' memories in Half Blood Prince? I thought the movie as a whole, despite some good set pieces was dark and a bit boring to be honest. But I did like the showdown between Snape/Malfoy and Dumbledore, i thought that was quite emotional and set up the Hallows movies nicely.
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Old 31-01-2013, 12:20
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1. Prisoner of Azkaban
2. Deathly Hallows pt.1
3. Deathly Hallows pt.2
4. Order of the Phoenix
5. Half Blood Prince
6. Chamber of Secrets
7. Goblet of Fire
8. Philosophers Stone
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Old 01-02-2013, 00:50
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Half Blood Prince feels like a filler movie to me. The book doesn't at all, despite falling into a time in the series which could very well be considered filler.
They focus far too much on the silly romantic subplots, instead of the infinitely more interesting Voldemort backstory. They seem to all assume you've read the book, so leave out crucial parts of the backstory or explain in a really vague way the other bits (Horcruxes being a massive example here... had to explain to my family for like 10 minutes what they were and their importance). Seriously... if you are adapting a story to a film... tell the damn story! Chop out some of the really unnecessary romcom bits out, as well as the pointless Burrow scene that was clearly added to give the movie some level of interest.
And there was just no emotion when Dumbledore died. It should have had everyone in the cinema bawling. The book is certainly sad. Dobby's death has more of an impact, and he's in it for like 5 seconds.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:04
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1 - Prisoner of Azkaban
2 - Goblet Of Fire
3 - Deathly Hallows Part 2
4 - Chamber Of Secrets
5 - Philosophers Stone
6 - Deathly Hallows Part 1
7 - Half Blood Prince
8 - Order of the Phoneix


I personally think the first 4 films are great entertainment but it just got far fetched. The fifth and sixth films are bollocks. The Deathly Hallows parts where both good and I thought it was a good ending. I have only read the 2nd, 3rd and 4th books when I was younger. I've got the other books but just haven't got round to reading them as I am a very fussy reader. But Prisoner of Azkaban is a brilliant film and a great book.

But so many characters were left undeveloped for me in the film. Luna and Beatricks ( Helena Bonham Carters character) in particular and many great characters were hardly used as Dobby wasn't featured much after the 2nd film.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:12
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Deathly Hallows Part 2
Deathly Hallows Part 1
Philosopher's Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Goblet of Fire
Prisoner of Azkaban
Half-Blood Prince
Order of the Phoenix


That's a completely different order to my ranking of the books, except that Deathly Hallows would remain at the top.

The last two films were wonderfully cinematic, and I thought most of the actors were at their best as well. The first two films, though my least favourite books, were the most faithful adaptations and consequently much more enjoyable than when the directors and screenwriters started messing around with the material.

Goblet of Fire was badly cut and seemed disjointed, but it was better than Prisoner of Azkaban - although I think the actors are good in that one and the darker tone suited the material, the unnecessary additions like the stupid unfunny shrunken head wasted time which could have been filled with more details from the book.

Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince were basically completely destructions of the books. Yes, Order of the Phoenix is too long as a book, but the movie butchered it to such an extent that all the details were lost, and they took far too many liberties in altering the canon. Same with Half-Blood Prince, in which everything that needed to be in the movie to foreshadow book 7 was left out. Complete rubbish.
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