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The premiere of “Grindelwald’s Crimes is on the Nose”, the first snow reminds us that it’s time to include “Philosopher’s Stone”, and we in the editorial office gathered for a mug of butter to decide which of the film adaptations of Potterian is the best. There were no unforgivable spells, but the list turned out to be extremely curious and with a serious touch of magical snobbery and bigotry on the book’s original source.

I really don’t like David Yates. There is hardly another director who would evoke in me the same negative emotions as the man who gritted his teeth in the filming of Rowling. The director’s straightforwardness and superficiality are very evident in “Deadly Relics” – the first part of the crowd is associated with a boring journey in the tent of Harry, Ron and Hermione. The film included Harry’s transfer from Dursley’s house to Nora, Bill and Fleur’s wedding, Grimo Square, an invasion of the Ministry of Magic, a visit to Godric’s Valley, and a confrontation at the Malfoy estate.

This whole cycle of events in “Relics” is completely lost behind the monotonous camping of the three main characters. One can complain that the picture is only an opening canvas for the second part, but the fact remains – the film crew simply could not reveal the full potential of an independent story, trying instead to place the figures for the sequel. At the same time, Yates did not even manage to reveal the romantic lines, which he pressed so hard in the sixth episode: Ron’s escape turned out to be crumpled, and the scene of Harry’s kiss with Ginny became just a concentration of awkwardness.

The final part of the franchise is considered the darkest and most crowded action. However, inconsistencies and chaotic plot development are also enough here. Harry, Ron, and Gerimona are busy destroying the Horcruxes, while at Hogwarts the new principal, Snape, restores an order that remotely resembles an almost totalitarian regime: The gray tone of the film, special effects and battle scenes visually bring the eighth Harry Potter film closer to the average Hollywood standard, but before Potteriana really surprised the non-trivial worlds of magicians.

The franchise’s identity is preserved in several truly epic scenes, such as the confrontation between Molly Weasley and Bellatrix Lestrange or the scene with Neville and Nagini. The death of several key characters, in particular Snape, is presented, albeit slightly crumpled, soon receiving due attention in a seemingly victorious, but also completely tragic outcome. Surprisingly, the culmination of Potterian was filmed spectacularly, but not triumphantly. And in general, in the finale of “Harry Potter” there is certain fatigue, and really scares the epilogue, in which young Harry, Ron and Hermione and their school friends are clumsily made up for 40-year-olds.

The fifth tape in the franchise is considered one of the worst (it has the lowest score on aggregators), but for me, it is still much more atmospheric than all subsequent ones. David Yates emphasizes the political component of the magical world (a good decision), but for some reason decides to convey the plot through endless flashbacks, dreams and visions of the heroes. On paper, these narrative moves worked, but the endless “unreal” scenes in the film only complicate the perception of the story and turn the picture into an inhomogeneous canvas, consisting of episodes with very different color correction. My main claim to the tape – why was it so shortening the script? For some reason, the shortest film was made from the thickest book in the series, dropping a lot of important plot lines.

However, the Order of the Phoenix has something to praise (I know some colleagues will disagree with me) – Imelda Staunton brilliantly embodies Dolores Umbridge, the most disgusting antagonist in the entire franchise, and the final battle in the Ministry of Magic turned out to be both exciting and very emotional.

Dir . David Yates

Anya Datsyuk

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

The sixth picture is full of polarities, which is why it takes a prominent position in the middle of the rating. On the one hand, this is the first film in which, instead of fables about the Self-Know-Who, there is a deadly confrontation with the Death Eaters, and the world of wizards no longer doubts the return of the Dark Lord. Instead of a Christmas tale about the power of goodness and the importance of friends – scary scenes in a cave with infernals or an episode with the murder of Dumbledore. After the Order of the Phoenix, which was stuck in the exhibition, “Half-Blood Prince” was head and shoulders in the issue of staging by David Yates. The director felt the necessary gloomy tone of the franchise, invited the Frenchman Bruno Del Bonel, who shot “Amelie” (last year he was nominated for a brilliant filming of “Dark Times”) and in general created a truly no longer children’s film.

Meanwhile, a full-fledged fantasy thriller “Half-Blood Prince” also can not be called, at least because the heroes are 15 years old, so you should allocate a little screen time for the riot of hormones. As a result, we have a whole romcom segment on “Ron meets Lavender, Hermione is jealous, Harry kisses Ginny, Ron is angry.” Let’s be honest, the romantic line has always been a rather weak part of the franchise, and here it is enough for a separate soap opera.

The fourth book in the Rowling saga was the beginning of the story of the heroes’ growing up – the protagonists had the first emotional dramas and teenage quarrels, and the threat in the face of Voldemort became even more real than before. The screenwriter of the picture somehow compressed the events of the weighty novel into a film for 157 minutes, but successfully kept the atmosphere, showing us new aspects of the magical world. The main problem of the picture is not quite the smooth pace of the narration. Really important scenes flow too quickly into protracted episodes of teenage conflict, and most of the screen time is spent demonstrating the visual splendor of the magical world.

But “Cup of Fire” boasts one of the most emotional moments in the whole saga – if you say that you came out of the cinema with dry eyes, we simply will not believe you. In addition, thanks to the picture of Mike Newell, the young Robert Pattinson gained the fame of a promising actor and attracted the interest of Hollywood producers. On the one hand, it brought down on our collective heads the cult of the emotionless, brilliant handsome Edward Cullen, and on the other, without Cedric Diggory of the Fire Cup, there would be no brilliant performance of Pattinson in The Good Times.

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is the longest part of the franchise. Some critics see this as a minus, but I strongly disagree. What could be wrong with two hours of Hogwarts, magic, nostalgia and riddles? But even if you discard my irrational love for the franchise’s first films, Chris Columbus’s second film adaptation is the most accurate and detailed interpretation of Rowling’s books, and the young Christian Coulson wonderfully conveys the essence of the narcissistic, cruel, but damn attractive Tom Riddle.

In addition, the film successfully balances between the dark and comedic sides of the Harry Potter universe – there is enough humor (hello, Chrysostom played by Kenneth Branagh), and uplifting moments, and really scary scenes.

It is difficult to evaluate the first part as objectively as possible – yet Chris Columbus’s painting is valuable for its nostalgic notes, magnificent Christmas scenes and the atmosphere of Hogwarts coziness. Even burnt-out cynics peek out the window while watching The Philosopher’s Stone, hoping to see an owl with a letter.

The debut episode of the film franchise coped with the most difficult task, being able to competently transfer the magical world of Rowling from the pages of the book to the movie screen. In addition, Columbus cannot be praised for his desire to correspond as accurately as possible to the plot of the original source.

Some critics saw a downside in the fact that in pursuit of accuracy, the director made a very childish film. Surprisingly, in this regard, Chris stepped on his throat – his scripts have always added gloom to seemingly bright pictures, and “Gremlins” are still considered the darkest and bloodiest Christmas tape in the history of cinema.

Alfonso Cuarón did not want to start filming Potter, but his will was broken by Guillermo Del Toro, who forced a friend to sit down to read books. We should be grateful to him for the incredible third part. Unlike Columbus’s work, Prisoner of Azkaban does not try to screen the book as accurately as possible, focusing on the characters. This allowed to make the plot deeper and not smear it with a thin layer of the timing. It is also worth noting Cuarón’s very detailed approach to demonstrating the adulthood of the characters – this is where Harry, Ron and Hermione move away from the images of pink-cheeked cute baby dolls, which manifested itself in appearance (each has a different shape) and behavior.

Not without the help of the cast. We would hardly be talking about the greatness of the third part now, if not for David Thewlis and Gary Oldman, who turned out to be a great film incarnation of Lupine and Sirius. By the way, it was in the third part that Richard Harris was replaced by Michael Gambon as Dumbledore – and gave us a beautiful scene in Hagrid’s hut.

Of course, you can’t help but notice the growing gloom of the series, which has intensified compared to “The Secret Room”, but this is due to Cuarón’s desire to focus on Potter’s emotions – most of the book episodes that drained the atmosphere were on the sidelines. And what a light mood we can talk about when dementors are around.

Source: Vertigo

How many Harry Potter Movies are there?

There are only 8 Harry Potter Movies which include

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

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