This week marks the end of an era. A full decade ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone if you prefer) hit screens and brought J. K. Rowling’s immensely popular children’s series to the big screen. The plan was practically Herculean in scope – grabbing a 10, 11, and 12-year-old to star in a popular franchise that would take… Continue reading Girls on Film: Harry Potter, the Boys' Club, and the Female Scene Stealers
If the Hogwarts crew were to reunite for yet another sequel, it might be called ‘Harry Potter and the Mixed Blessing Windfall.’
The windfall at issue here is the billions earned by the Potter film franchise, a jackpot that will expand one last time with the release of series capper ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2′ this week. On the one hand, the franchise’s success has been a boon… Continue reading Did 'Harry Potter' Save or Destroy the British Film Industry?
Review in a Hurry: Relax. They didn’t screw it up. The grand finale of the Harry Potter saga brings narrative and emotional closure by finally delivering the grand confrontation all the previous films were building toward. Nonfans may be a little lost, but then, how many nonfans… Continue reading Movie Review: Relax! They Didn't Screw Up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
To paraphrase the tagline used by the eighth and final Harry Potter film, it all started here.
Audience members who couldn’t tell Hagrid from Hermione were first introduced to the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling through Chris Columbus’s 2001 film adaptation, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Needless to say, the world went wild for Harry.
As the magical franchise prepares to bid farewell, we’re using this week’s… Continue reading When Can I Watch 'Harry Potter' with My Kids?