The Harry Potter Series: What's the general consensus here?

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The Harry Potter Series: What's the general consensus here?

  1. Liked the books, disliked the movies

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    29.1%
  2. Disliked the books, liked the movies

    4 vote(s)
    7.3%
  3. Liked both the books and the movies

    30 vote(s)
    54.5%
  4. Disliked both the books and the movies

    2 vote(s)
    3.6%
  5. I don't care about Harry Potter (and probably never will)

    3 vote(s)
    5.5%
  6. I don't care about Harry Potter (but am starting to get curious)

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  1. kiranb28

    kiranb28 Well-Known Member

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    So i've been ignorant towards (most of) the hype surrounding Potter and the books/movies surrounding him. With all the hoopla around the latest movie though, i've been getting tempted to watch all the movies (too lazy to read all of the books right now... meh).

    Just curious to see what the general mob says?
     
  2. Balu`

    Balu` Well-Known Member

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    Books, yes (especially the later ones), films, no. Pretty much every film based on a book is a lot worse than the book itself.
     
  3. kiranb28

    kiranb28 Well-Known Member

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    But for someone like me, who doesn't really want to read thousands of pages to catch up on the series (for the sake of hype, sigh... yes), are the movies a bad watch overall?

    The LotR series on screen was very condensed as well, but, that didn't stop them from being great movies...
     
  4. Kubba

    Kubba Well-Known Member

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    The movies are great as long as you haven't read the books. They leave out so much of the book, and portray characters in such odd ways (In the Goblet of Fire movie, it never mentioned that Rita Skeeter was an Animagus, which was one of the central points of the book). As stand alone movies however, they are action packed, exciting, and generally make sense, although there might be some holes in your understanding if you haven't read the books.
     
  5. Balu`

    Balu` Well-Known Member

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    The movies are more than enjoyable for someone who didn't read the books. But once you do read them, you'll see how much better they are.
     
  6. kiranb28

    kiranb28 Well-Known Member

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    Fair enough - off I go!

    Just finished the first movie... one down ;)
     
  7. LBG

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    I read the first book soon after it came out, and then I read the next 2 or 3 books and watched a couple of the crappy films and got bored with it all. Now I can't stand it and I generally hate anything to do with Harry Potter. At least it's not as bad as Twilight.
     
  8. jecebn

    jecebn Well-Known Member

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    I loved the books, but the movies are a let down. It seems that all of the movies, especially the later ones, leave out important pieces of the story.
     
  9. Andylasian

    Andylasian Well-Known Member

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    Books: Yes
    Movies: Not really
     
  10. MidianGTX

    MidianGTX Well-Known Member

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    The whole thing is average at best, but I'd say the movies are borderline terrible if you haven't read the books. Because they obviously aren't able to include everything single thing that happened, the timeline feels messed up and disjointed. It'll cut to another scene and you'll hear someone mention how it's been three months since the last one. The acting from the three kids is also below par, although Emma Watson does actually have a bit of talent and improves with the series, the other two though... dreadful.
     
  11. walsh06

    walsh06 Well-Known Member

    Movies have improved which is good because they were terrible to start but nothing can stand up to the books which are excellent. I still feel that you shouldnt be allowed see the movies unless you read the book. Its hard to believe some people dont even realise its a book.
     
  12. The Game Reaper

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    The only movie that has in any way stood up to its literary counterpart is Blade Runner, despite the bizarre choice to drop Mercerism, which, in my (not so humble) opinion is crucial to the overarching plot and the depth and motivation of the chief protagonist.

    The stuff I come out with…
     
  13. ScottColbert

    ScottColbert Well-Known Member

    I really enjoy the books, the movies are meh to me.
     
  14. JCman7

    JCman7 Well-Known Member

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    I loved the books and the movies. Yes the movies left out parts but for me I still really enjoyed them, its to be excpected that they are nto as good. Its hard to convey the emotion from a book into the movie. It just cant be done. Plus you are using your own imagination while reading which creates a totally different meaning then the movies. The movies I feel really do a nice job with the limited amount of time they can squeeze everything into. I have rewatched the movies tons of time and each time I enjoy them more. Once you set your mind away from the books you can see how really great the movies are. Highly recommend watching them all, the one movie I was disappointed with was Half Blood Prince because so much of the ending was taken out like the battle inside hogwarts but its still a good movie and I just watched it a couple of days ago to prepare for Deathly Hallows
     
  15. coconutbowling

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    I love the books and the first four movies. However I just watched deathly hallows and thought too myself "why am I watching twilight?".
     
  16. JCman7

    JCman7 Well-Known Member

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    aw come on you can not compare Harry Potter to Twilight...Twilight has no story whatsoever its just nonsense....
     
  17. CaptainAwesome

    CaptainAwesome Well-Known Member

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    Uh, the seventh film felt exactly like that. After two and a half hours, I felt like absolutely nothing happened. It's because they smashed all the wilderness wandering into that amount of time, which wins as the most boring part of any novel I've ever read, and now contends as the most boring film clip I've ever seen.
     
  18. coconutbowling

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    But now that the borring stuff is out of the way, I want to see the rest of it. God, I hate the system.
     
  19. November's Chopin

    November's Chopin Well-Known Member

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    The books get worse and worse throughout the series. First to third books were the best. I read the sixth, didn't even bother reading the seventh since the sixth nearly bored me to sleep.
    Movies are the opposite, they sort of get better and better with new technology I suppose. But none of them are any good compared to the books.
     
  20. ArcheAngel

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    #20 ArcheAngel, Nov 21, 2010
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    If there acting was below par, I don't think they would have made 7 movies with them.

    & if you think HP movies are borderline terrible. Then you obviously missed the 80's

    I think your opinion should be omitted until you have actually seen a movie that was made before 1991 cause you obviously either haven't or you just like to use terms losely for dramatic effect.

    The books are about snape & lily the movies are about harry.

    Books were way better though. The films were a fine adaption (visually stunning I thought).
     

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