Sunday, 13 October 2013

Harry Potter Marathon

Over the last couple of weekends, I've watched all 8 Harry Potter films.

And there's a lot to like in the films. I think there's a lot of imagination in the characters, how things look and the spells and artefacts. The first film is rather dull, but after that it gets better. And towards the end when we get into the moral choices of some characters, that's quite interesting.

But I do have a couple of problems (maybe spoilers ahead)...

The main problem I have with Harry Potter is that he's really Magic Superman. The parallel being that he got his talents at birth, and is a moral good guy from the start. And at almost every point, he can do the magic he needs, much like the way that Superman kept on pulling new powers out of his arse whenever a plot point needed it. He never feels the temptation to use magic to get hot muggle chicks, or to join Voldemort, despite all the power he could get from it.

The other problem I have is how magic is used and never used again with no explanation. Something that got used to fix something doesn't get used again, with no explanation as to why.

Anyway, they're quite entertaining, the blu-ray transfers are very good and for £25 for all 8 is a bit of a bargain.


Ian Hills said...

As a health and safety inspector I note that none of this magic has been licensed (vanishes in a puff of smoke)

Mark Wadsworth said...

In terms of self-enclosed film/story, I think Prisoner of Azkabhan is best. The time-turning aspect is very neatly done.

The worst/messiest film which is also least like the book is Half Blood Prince - the film is just loads of random scenes from the book thrown together with no real story line.

"The other problem I have is how magic is used and never used again with no explanation."

Yes but the books are like that as well.

Anonymous said...

You might enjoy Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.