In the second edition of my Weekly Top 5, I am listing the top five reasons that the Harry Potter films are better even than the books. Now, I know what you are all thinking:
But, if I may offer a quick disclaimer: This article is not here to say that the movies are superior than books overall, but rather, I am offering five instances in which I believe the films improve upon the source material. These are some of my favorite books of all time. I am truly a gigantic fan of the series, but also, one of the first to defend the film franchise - a franchise that I believe receives far too much flak.
Conversely, I could make a list of a hundred reasons that the books are better than their movie counterparts and still have left off quite a few items, but this is Moviepilot. So, I'm going to take a stand for cinema and shed a positive light on the Harry Potter film franchise.
5. Cinematography/Action Sequences/Set Pieces
Reading inspires imagination, and the "Harry Potter" series encapsulates the best of what human creativeness has to offer. That being said, the set pieces of the movies are a sight to behold. From Hogwarts to Diagon Alley, and more - the Harry Potter series delivers some of the best and most imaginative scenery that you may ever find in a film. Action sequences also look stunning - as shown in the video above. The cinematography, especially in the later three films, is remarkable, and frankly, make the middle hour of Deathly Hallows Part 1 watchable.
Now, this may be piggy-backing off of my last point, but quidditch is an absolute blast to watch on screen. In a vast, fictional universe filled with so many imaginative places, people, and artifacts - quidditch stands out as a fan favorite. But, because there is not anything in the real world quite like it, it may be hard to imagine. When it comes to quidditch, the Harry Potter film series really hit the nail on the head - making the sport accessible to both viewers and readers alike.
3. Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
J.K. Rowling has been on record stating that Emma Watson is much too beautiful to play her geeky little girl, Hermione Granger. Although, Rowling admitting feels that Watson was perfect for the part. Personally, I am glad that the movie version of Hermione is attractive - and not just because I am a guy. Watson's portrayal showed audiences that girls do not have to be pretty or smart. They can be both. Hermione Granger became a role model for girls everywhere and was both beautiful and witty, and now, Emma Watson lives out these ideals as an intelligent, articulate, and stunning ambassador - a true embodiment of everything it means to be Hermione Granger.
John Williams has written many fantastic and award winning scores in his long and incredible career, but even still, the theme for the Harry Potter series stands out among one of his best. Hedwig's Theme is not only an extremely memorable aspect of the Harry Potter movies, but it is also one of the most recognizable tunes in the history of cinema.
J.K. Rowling has been slammed by critics for her unwillingness to condense or even cut out material. Despite being a defender of the length of the books, I acknowledge the fact that some are quite long. Deep backstory enriches characters and every chapter has a purpose for the overarching plot. Still, there is something to be said for being able to finish a story in one sitting. There is an argument to be made that some movies being broken into two parts, but without dividing the books, I think that the films did an admirable job in condensing the source material and including what needed to be included.
What do you think? Is there another item that I missed or one that should be crossed off the list? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, follow me for more news on your favorite films and television shows.