This week I’ve been re-watching all the Harry Potter movies. I hadn’t watched them in a while, and since I had some time, I decided to do all 8.
Most notably, the films hold up pretty well. Despite The Sorcerer’s Stone (’01) approaching it’s second decade, it doesn’t look dated. The young stars seemed a bit ill-formed, but they were pretty young….and became more sophisticated as they went along.
I started having problems reading the books at around Book 5, (Order of the Phoenix). Harry annoyed me to death with his constant whining about how bad his life was, and that colored the next two books for me. I was SO done with Harry.
(Sorry, in OotP, Harry had just turned 16, and it was hard for me to relate to a kid being so whiny at that age. A)I taught HS, and most kids that age are past the whiny stage, and B)I was a sophomore in college at 16, so I wasn’t -in- HS at that age, and therefore struggle to relate to that whole environment anyway. And yes, I know Harry had worse-than-average teenage issues, but…)
Anyhow, one perq of watching the movies instead or rereading the books is that you perceive less of the whiny-ness. The first time I saw that movie, I had recently read the book, so the book experience tainted the movie. This time, I actually liked OotP much more.
The same lack of “recently-read-the-book” taint also made the last three movies better for me, as did being able to watch them in quick succession. In those two books, my main beef was the extraneous subplots and gazillion unnecessary characters…many of which the movies skipped over.
Therefore, this time around it was a much better viewing experience. I have a greater admiration for JKR as a story teller at this distance, and hope to watch these again in another 6 years.