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Which is the best Harry Potter movie?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Martin Dew, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. Martin Dew

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    Prisoner of Azkaban is the best film but is one of my least favorites (due to adaptation issues). My favorite Potter film is Sorcerer's Stone.
     
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    Prisoner is my favorite book and probably my favorite movie. I really like Sorcerer’s Stone because of the age of the young wizards. In general I prefer the movies to the books because in the books Harry seems too often to be a whiny brat. I did prefer Deathly Hallows book to the movies. I didn’t see either of the Fantastic Beasts movies at the theater but did buy the disks (Black Friday). I finally got around to seeing Crimes of Grindelwald last week and think it might have killed the third installment. At least Fantastic Beasts (1) was better than the book :)
     
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    Always had a soft spot for Chamber Of Secrets, but as the series continued, I got more bored, and only watched the last installments to see the whole thing.
     
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    I can say Half Blood Prince was my favorite book. As for the films I loved them all. Tough to pick a favorite.
     
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    They maintained such a high level of consistency and quality that it’s really tough to pick one. They’re all parts of a whole.

    But I think special consideration has to be given to the first film. If that movie doesn’t come out right and please both an eager fan base of readers and a much wider new group of moviegoers, there is no franchise. The first film not only told a compelling story but also credibly suggested an entire world of stories that was worth revisiting.

    Especially in this day and age of remakes and reboots and sequels, all building off prior works, there’s something to be said for a film good enough to start a film franchise. The books are very good and very popular, but succeeding as a crossover general audience event was never a guarantee and the path the first film charted for the series is quite an achievement.
     
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    Prisoner of Azkaban
     
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    My favorite book was Half Blood Prince, but my favorite film was Chamber of Secrets.
     
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    I also like them all, but I think that Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite. I really loved Alfonso Cuaron's style.
     
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    I thought the movies got better as they went, partly because Radcliffe really developed as an actor.

    He was bland in the first few but eventually matured and became a strength.

    Watson's limitations became clearer with every passing film, but the movies were good anyway.

    Grint improved a bit, but he was pretty good out of the gate...
     
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    Tough choice, but I'll go with Prisoner of Azkaban.
     
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    I’d also say Prisoner. The Columbus films were exceedingly well cast, but Cuaron established a much needed maturation of the sets and filmmaking. The young actors started to get good, and the array of adult actors in PoA was amazing.

    And the direction was phenomenal.
     
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    Goblet of Fire for me - everything about it.
     
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    "GoF" was the 1st that really started to interest me in the franchise. The 1st 3 left me semi-cold, but "GoF" got me more invested...
     
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    Same here- especially the first which I found extremely tedious. If I recall it and Spider-man came out closely around the same time and which to me was so much better after being let down by HP.
     
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    Azkaban > Deathly Hallows Pt. II > Half-Blood Prince > Deathly Hallows Pt. I > Goblet of Fire (good adaptation of a terrible book) > Chamber of Secrets > Order of the Phoenix (bad adaptation of a woefully underrated book) > Sorcerer's Stone
     
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    I thought the 1st 3 just spent too much time with Harry and his pals as they did Hogwarts stuff and they didn't push their plots very well.

    I think that content works in the books but becomes tedious in the movies!

    "GoF" was the first where I felt they really started to emphasize story movement over unrelated wizardry...
     
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    Azkban for me too.

    I'd seen Sorcerer's Stone and found it somewhat laughable (the troll/bathroom sequence especially so, partly due to the vfx) vowing to not bother with any others. I don't know why I saw Azkaban but I did and found it much better than the first film. After seeing that one I went back and watched Sorcerer's Stone again. In that viewing the film was much better so I watched Chamber and enjoyed it too. It got a bit tedious towards the end.

    Since seeing all the films I started reading the books. They've been fun reads so far (I think the last one I read was Azkaban) in spite of knowing what's going to happen.
     
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    Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone was released on November 16, 2001.

    Spiderman was released almost six months later on May 3 2002.
     
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    I couldn't say. I watched all of these movies just once. But I do remember liking the later films better.
     
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