This year I managed to coerce my muggle (non-magical) team into dressing up as the characters from Harry Potter. Given the fact that most of them have never even read the book, which is a tragedy in itself, I was not sure how a bunch of squibs were going to pull it all off. I was pleasantly surprised and completely delighted to see that everyone gave it a damn good go, especially considering that most of them really had no idea of who they were meant to be portraying. Sure Dumbledore did look more like Gandalf, and none of our Gryffindor uniforms matched, but in the end I am pretty sure that people knew who we were meant to be. I have to say that for a bunch of catholics they really did a pretty decent job of portraying a bunch of magical folk, and finally I can put my need to have a Harry Potter book week dress up theme to bed - because I have been wanting one for years.
I may not have been the most convincing Harry Potter, but I have to admit that getting to ride around on my makeshift Nimbus for a day and point my wand at annoying kids and say things like pertrificus totalus, sectumsempra or avada kedavra without them having any idea what I was saying, was actually pretty good fun; working in a school does certainly have its perks.
1. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone
2. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1
8. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Release Dates: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Rating: The first three - PG The rest - M
Running Time: Total - Approx 1200 Mins (each film is approx. 2.5 hrs)
If I was reviewing the books instead of the movies here, it would be going straight to the Hall of Fame because the Harry Potter series is my favourite book series of all time. Not that I want to take away from the movies at all, because they are an incredible body of work produced over a full decade and I did go to the cinema to see each and every one of them.
We watch Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)and his trusty best friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) grow up and develop throughout the series; witnessing all of their trials and triumphs from childhood to adulthood. The films are beautifully set against the backdrop of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, London and the British countryside, all of which are visually pleasing in every way.
The story line is just epic, the characters are incredibly extensive and each movie journals another year of the children's lives and another set of challenges that ultimately lead us closer and closer to the inevitable battle of good vs evil - Harry vs Voldemort. Each movie gets a little darker and clearly more complicated, ending in a very adult two part finale.
When it comes to magic, this series wins hands down, everyone that watches will be longing to go Hogwarts and get their first wand. The cast is strong and diverse, the CGI is effective and not over done and the whole experience is just...well, dare I say it....magical!
FINAL SAY: The best magical series ever made.
4.5 Chili Peppers