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What's Your Favorite Harry Potter Film?

What's Your Favorite Harry Potter Film?

If you're one of the many fans who has already purchased tickets to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, then you may have spent the weekend watching the first five films in the series — or at least your favorite of the bunch. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the fourth book (and casting Robert Pattinson in the film version didn't hurt), but if I had to choose my most-loved movie, it would be Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was slightly darker than Chris Columbus's first two, and, for me, much more magical than the two that followed. Do you agree or do you prefer another?

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karen-zoo karen-zoo 7 years
Yeah Prisoner of Azkaban .. it was just so much fun. Goblet of Fire would be next for me ... Order of Phoenix I didn't like very much, I don't know what it is about it ...
mguy414 mguy414 7 years
Californiagirl: Oh I think Gary Oldman did a lovely job with the acting part of being Sirius Black, as far as his personality goes and all that. I can definitely see him on a flying motorcycle! And he did grow on me a little in Order of the Phoenix. I feel the same way about Alan Rickman playing Snape. I always thought Snape would be moderately attractive, just kind of dirty and greasy, and Rickman doesn't do that for me either. But his sarcasm and dry wit are PERFECT for Snape, and I think that acting wise, they couldn't have gotten anyone better for Snape. But again, Snape is supposed to be mid-30's and Alan Rickman isn't, and while he is a great actor, it just kind of takes me out of the moment when I watch the movies. I also agree that, for the most part, everyone else is perfectly cast. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix? Um, amazing. She makes me want to be an insane Voldemort follower. And, in OOTP, as far as the Ministry of Magic part goes, I also didn't like that they cut so much out that seemed really vital in the book. But I loved how the Ministry looked, with Fudge's big brother-esque flag hanging down, and when Voldemort did the glass thing and it just ripped through everything...then again where was the alive magical fountain to save Harry?!Sorry, I could talk about Harry Potter for hours!
mguy414 mguy414 7 years
Californiagirl: Oh I think Gary Oldman did a lovely job with the acting part of being Sirius Black, as far as his personality goes and all that. I can definitely see him on a flying motorcycle! And he did grow on me a little in Order of the Phoenix. I feel the same way about Alan Rickman playing Snape. I always thought Snape would be moderately attractive, just kind of dirty and greasy, and Rickman doesn't do that for me either. But his sarcasm and dry wit are PERFECT for Snape, and I think that acting wise, they couldn't have gotten anyone better for Snape. But again, Snape is supposed to be mid-30's and Alan Rickman isn't, and while he is a great actor, it just kind of takes me out of the moment when I watch the movies. I also agree that, for the most part, everyone else is perfectly cast. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix? Um, amazing. She makes me want to be an insane Voldemort follower. And, in OOTP, as far as the Ministry of Magic part goes, I also didn't like that they cut so much out that seemed really vital in the book. But I loved how the Ministry looked, with Fudge's big brother-esque flag hanging down, and when Voldemort did the glass thing and it just ripped through everything...then again where was the alive magical fountain to save Harry?! Sorry, I could talk about Harry Potter for hours!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
mguy414 - I completely agree with you about Gary Oldman being a little too old to play the character of Sirius Black, my friends and I all thought it was odd that they picked an actor who was about a decade older than the character he was playing. On the other hand, I think he pulled off the character quite well and I think he's attractive for an older man :) But I understand that not everyone has the same taste. I am more irritated with the casting of Remus Lupin and Albus Dumbledore. David Thewlis doesn't have the wild and rugged attractiveness I thought Lupin would have, and Richard Harris seemed too old to play Dumbledore (R.I.P.) and Michael Gambon seems too angry at times (although I blame the writers more for that because they write his lines). Everyone else is perfectly cast though, which is amazing for a movie with such a huge ensemble.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
<b>mguy414</b> - I completely agree with you about Gary Oldman being a little too old to play the character of Sirius Black, my friends and I all thought it was odd that they picked an actor who was about a decade older than the character he was playing. On the other hand, I think he pulled off the character quite well and I think he's attractive for an older man :) But I understand that not everyone has the same taste.I am more irritated with the casting of Remus Lupin and Albus Dumbledore. David Thewlis doesn't have the wild and rugged attractiveness I thought Lupin would have, and Richard Harris seemed too old to play Dumbledore (R.I.P.) and Michael Gambon seems too angry at times (although I blame the writers more for that because they write his lines). Everyone else is perfectly cast though, which is amazing for a movie with such a huge ensemble.
Aurora-87 Aurora-87 7 years
I liked them all. The 3rd one was good in the since that it changed things up a bit. After that the kids were more grown up. More like in the books. I got my tickets today and I am going to the midnight showing. I can't wait. :)
Aurora-87 Aurora-87 7 years
I liked them all. The 3rd one was good in the since that it changed things up a bit. After that the kids were more grown up. More like in the books. I got my tickets today and I am going to the midnight showing. I can't wait. :)
mguy414 mguy414 7 years
Ahhh I can't agree with y'all on Gary Oldman!!! I do not like him as Sirius at all!!! My problem with Gary Oldman is that, to me, Sirius was HOT, all the girls wanted him, the guys wanted to be him. And James and Lily were 21, maybe 22, when Harry was born, which would have put them in their mid-to-late 30's when Harry is at Hogwarts. And to me, Sirius is still supposed to be HOT....even all those years in Azkaban couldn't get rid of the hottness. And Gary Oldman just doesn't do it for me.
mguy414 mguy414 7 years
Ahhh I can't agree with y'all on Gary Oldman!!! I do not like him as Sirius at all!!! My problem with Gary Oldman is that, to me, Sirius was HOT, all the girls wanted him, the guys wanted to be him. And James and Lily were 21, maybe 22, when Harry was born, which would have put them in their mid-to-late 30's when Harry is at Hogwarts. And to me, Sirius is still supposed to be HOT....even all those years in Azkaban couldn't get rid of the hottness. And Gary Oldman just doesn't do it for me.
alikat07 alikat07 7 years
Loved Azkaban... the setting and music was fantastic. It really set a great mood for the more seriousness of the series. Favorite book, though, is Order of the Phoenix.
thescott thescott 7 years
I definitely liked Prisoner of Azkaban the best, but that's also my favorite book of the series.
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 7 years
I think Azkaban was my favourite too. Although, I loved the effects in Goblet of Fire. I can also hands down say Chamber of Secrets was the worst film in the series thus far.
zuke zuke 7 years
I don't really have a favorite movie because the books are so much better (I love the seventh) I like the first one, though, and I tried to watch the fourth one the weekend but couldn't because Robert Pattinson bothers me so much.
hollycf hollycf 7 years
I'll always love the first movie. The Prisoner of Azkaban is actually my least favorite.
yeokr yeokr 7 years
I totally agree with the things you pointed out Acid Pops; the parts left out really bothered me because they are the epitome of the thoughtfulness and dimension Rowling writes with, but I still enjoy the movie. I have to approach the books and movies separately and try my best to tease out why certain changes are made rather than just railing against them all on principle. I have yet to figure out why not explaining who Prongs, Padfoot, Moony and Wormtail were/are and the link between Harry and his father via the stag patronus was in the best interest of the movie. I love any of the movies with Sirius and Bellatrix because, as has been mentioned, Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter are phenomenal! I would give anything to spend time with the adult actors in all of the movies actually! Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent are some of my all time favorite actors and the characters are so great!
yeokr yeokr 7 years
I totally agree with the things you pointed out Acid Pops; the parts left out really bothered me because they are the epitome of the thoughtfulness and dimension Rowling writes with, but I still enjoy the movie. I have to approach the books and movies separately and try my best to tease out why certain changes are made rather than just railing against them all on principle. I have yet to figure out why not explaining who Prongs, Padfoot, Moony and Wormtail were/are and the link between Harry and his father via the stag patronus was in the best interest of the movie. I love any of the movies with Sirius and Bellatrix because, as has been mentioned, Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter are phenomenal! I would give anything to spend time with the adult actors in all of the movies actually! Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent are some of my all time favorite actors and the characters are so great!
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Movie-plot-wise, I think I liked Sorceror's Stone the best simply because I like introductory movies in a series the best. Finding out about the characters, if it's well done, is one of the most fascinating things for me. Movie-scene-wise, either Goblet or Order of the Phoenix was the best, hands down. Even though I think I might be alone in this forum, most of the people I've talked to and know in my area hated Azkaban. I know I did. It just wasn't put together in a fluid motion, and the whole entire story really could have been a subplot in another book. I didn't like it. The special effects in Goblet and Order of the Phoenix were much better than the previous ones (wasn't there a different director for 4 and 5?), and the plotlines were more vivid. Book-wise, I think Deathly Hollows was the best. I like reading resolutions...and it actually had almost NOTHING to do with being at Hogwarts while still having a big focus on scenes there, which is kind of cool.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Movie-plot-wise, I think I liked Sorceror's Stone the best simply because I like introductory movies in a series the best. Finding out about the characters, if it's well done, is one of the most fascinating things for me.Movie-scene-wise, either Goblet or Order of the Phoenix was the best, hands down. Even though I think I might be alone in this forum, most of the people I've talked to and know in my area hated Azkaban. I know I did. It just wasn't put together in a fluid motion, and the whole entire story really could have been a subplot in another book. I didn't like it. The special effects in Goblet and Order of the Phoenix were much better than the previous ones (wasn't there a different director for 4 and 5?), and the plotlines were more vivid. Book-wise, I think Deathly Hollows was the best. I like reading resolutions...and it actually had almost NOTHING to do with being at Hogwarts while still having a big focus on scenes there, which is kind of cool.
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 7 years
Tough choice between Azkaban and Goblet. Order of the Phoenix was easily the worst.I think Azkaban and Goblet also benefit from having been adapted from the best books in the series as well.
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 7 years
Tough choice between Azkaban and Goblet. Order of the Phoenix was easily the worst. I think Azkaban and Goblet also benefit from having been adapted from the best books in the series as well.
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