Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Insanely impressive franchise.
I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of long-running franchises. If they keep running, that means they are popular enough to get a new one out there. I can respect filmmaking that is able to do this as well, but I normally acknowledge that franchises can’t have perfect movies in the entire collection, there’s bound to be a stinker in there somewhere…not Harry Potter. None of these films had a score of less than 80% in my ratings. That is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen from a franchise, especially for films to be released in such close proximity to each other.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
I really love this series. It bundles in there nicely with Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, and so many other fantasy-type stories that began as books. Normally, I go through the series and explain the main character’s overall story…but we’re talking about a single character growing up and experiencing everything there is to experience. Love, loss, maturity, relationships, secrets…the whole nine yards. There’s no way to accurately explain what he goes through because each film is a complete story all on its own.
What I can say is that Harry Potter is a wizard whose parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort when he was a young baby. When Voldemort killed his mother, the powers bounced off of her and hit Harry Potter, giving him a part of Voldemort’s soul, hence the lightning birth mark on his forehead. Potter was a Holcrux, a device that holds part of a soul in order to gain invincibility. After Voldemort came back to physical form, he vowed to kill Harry and be a god among mortals. He would find the Elder Wand and use it to become invincible and to kill Harry.
Well, this didn’t work, obviously. Harry killed the Holcruxes, and in doing such, had to get himself killed in the process…but he came back to life and finished off Voldemort.
In the scheme of things, that’s really the main story of Harry Potter, but it’s hard to really explain this in a review, but the series was more about the characters and how they grow up and learn what they need to to survive. Each film in the series is incredibly epic and unforgettable. The movie would be nothing without the characters and their chemistry. These actors are profoundly amazing and their friendship is real. Images of the cast together in everyday life have made rounds, so it’s not hard to imagine their on-screen chemistry.
If you ever wanted to buy a boxset of movies but didn’t know if it was worth it or not, The Harry Potter collection is one of the only series that I know of that is worth it – all the way through. Go find the complete collection on DVD or Blu-Ray, whichever you prefer, and buy it.