Maybe you think I'm an idiot? Well, here's my chance to prove you right. I don't know how many of you have even heard about some of the items I'll review here, but these are my opinions.
So, for Valentines Day my wonderful girlfriend, Ashley, did something incredible for me. (Get your minds out the gutter, ya freaks!) She bought me the entire Harry Potter Blu-Ray collection! *Nerd Squee* The most exciting thing about it was that she hadn't seen them all. And as for the last few movies, I haven't seen them since they were in theaters. I also had the advantage of having read the series. I'm not going to bore you with my review of the books, because that would be a long, long review. The end result would be that I liked it so much I can't believe it's a real thing written by an actual person. It isn't something that was written by someone who's been dead for decades or centuries. J.K. Rowling is still very much alive. Have you ever been on pottermore.com? I'll admit it, I have. And I was sorted into the Hufflepuff house. (At least I'm not a Slytherin...) Besides, the dreamy Cedric Digory was a Hufflepuff.
Okay, I've rambled long enough. I'm not going to review these movies individually. I want to review them as a series. My reasoning behind that is because I feel each of these movies stands up as a success on its own. I think there were quite a few things wrong with the series as a whole compared to the books. However, this is always the case when comparing a movie to a book. These 8 movies are really fun to watch. I want to put the emphasis on fun. At times we were laughing together, and at other times we watched in awe. For me, it was like sharing one of your favorite things with a kid who is discovering how much they love it too. I didn't expect Ashley to love this series like I do, and maybe she didn't. But she enjoyed the experience that got us to sit down together and get engaged in something. That's why these movies are special. They are about the same group of friends and they are played by the same actors. (Other than Dumbledore... and what happened to Crab?) It makes it easier to feel attached to the characters. Even kids can watch and follow along. It makes for a very good family film series.
So, time for my favorites. I really liked "The Sorcerer's Stone". It sets a perfect tone for the rest of the series. My favorite of the series is "The Prisoner of Azkaban". It successfully transitions the series into a darker place that it eventually comes down to. Also, it stars Gary Oldman as Sirius Black. Gary. Freakin'. Oldman! That was my favorite book as well. It wasn't a perfect adaptation, but its content was still pretty well in tact. I also liked "The Goblet of Fire", but mostly because of Fred and George Weasley. They were hilarious in it.
Poll Time! After we watched the series I felt like I needed more. (As a fangirl often does. LOL!) So, I took a poll to find out which house my friends would want to be sorted into. Keep an open mind, folks. My friends are pervs.
So, I found this interesting. Other than my brothers, whom know nothing about Harry Potter, making ridiculous claims, it was an even race. Obviously, Gryffindor was the winner, but it was neat that others found so much interest in the other houses. (Myself included.) It makes me think that maybe the Harry Potter universe extends farther than I had ever imagined. It has landed in most of our households as one medium or another, and it has made its impression. I don't think we will see another series as impactful as this one for a long time.
COMING UP: I'll review and album or a live show. That is, if I can take this Alt-J record off the turntable. (It's so good.)
I discovered reading and writing for fun when I was in the 4th grade and I haven't been able to stop. I discovered my musical talent when I was 12 and started a band with my brother and my best friends. I have been on a journey of discovery that has shaped and molded my tastes for music, reading, writing, art, food and extracurricular activities since I was a high school freshman. And I'm not quite finished, so come along.