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The problem between Harry Potter books and the films.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr

With the final Harry Potter film being released this Friday to the general public I thought I’d give you an overview of the last 10 years. I’m sure all of you are very excited for the film and are probably counting down the days with your pre-booked tickets. However, fans who have given the effort to read the books will have a different insight. Well, some will.

Since the first film, we’ve had to go through the pain of watching the films in a different light. What some fans don’t realise is that key moments out of the books are missing, which sometimes brings down the reputation of the story. I’m not stating that the films are bad, in fact they do reflect a good story, but they do sometimes tip toe round the most complicated areas of the storyline. I can clearly see the problems that the  makers of the films have had to face, they had to keep it entertaining and ‘magical’. Perhaps sometimes they added too many funny parts in the films when it’s about to get dark, to appeal to family audiences? Maybe. But these distractions sometimes cost the hearts of the readers of the books who wanted to see the book come into life.

There is also the problem that bringing a fictional novel to life in a film is always a difficulty, because there aren’t enough minutes in a film. Which brings a positive to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2, because they have enough time to fit most of the important parts of the storyline.

Although I do question Daniel Radcliffes’ acting, they did pick a perfect lookalike of Harry Potter. My only problem in the series is the character doesn’t seem to put enough emotion into the cause, whereas in the books you can clearly feel upset for Harry. When you have a Harry Potter film where Harry’s friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) portray better emotion and acting from the books then as a reader and audience, you feel confused.
The films have gotten considerably better since they decided to make them darker, which I think they should have done from The Chamber Of Secrets, which was dark, but didn’t hit you as a dark film.

The majority of my friends, although they don’t represent a mass audience, think the Prisoner Of Azkaban was the best film, which ironically, portrayed the book the best out of the 7 films. If you look at a fine example where the film has done the book justice, then you would have to go back to the Lord of the Rings. Where the director, Peter Jackson decided to try and include as much as possible from such a heavy book. That, including the history that is played in the book. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is probably the best set of films that have justified their books to date, and Harry Potter won’t beat that.

However, I do enjoy the Harry Potter films, and some of the book lovers will feel the same opinions I share. The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is probably my favourite film so far, I hope you all enjoy part 2 this Friday. But which is your favourite Harry Potter film? Take part in the poll below:

By Daniel Hart

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