My post of my Harry Potter Favourite Book Order still gets views to this day so I decided why not share my favourite film order with you all as throughout 2016 as I was rereading the books I watched the movies so I really got to see how the books were adapted into movies. I really didn’t expect my order to look like this (you literary have no idea how many times it changes) and hopefully you enjoy this blog as when I say it took awhile to construct I really mean it, it was an ongoing process for 10 months!
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
This movie was just purely amazing, again I loved the graphics and the music – even my dad told me that when there is good music in the movie then the movie is bound to be great which it was. I cried so much again as I had to say goodbye to so many characters that I loved from the start or grew to love throughout the series – Snape, Fred, Tonks, Lupin and many more. Even though as always they did take out a chunk of what happened in the book that I actually enjoyed like Aberforth’s back talk to the Death Eaters and also Ginny getting jealous when Cho wanted to take Harry up to the Ravenclaw tower, which didn’t even happen. Also I can’t remember Helena Ravenclaw getting as mad as she did at Harry in the books but that could have just been me.. I kind of also picked up on how clueless at times they made out Harry to be as it was actually his idea to use the dragon when they were escaping Gringotts and I don’t know I just didn’t feel like he was truly the Harry I got to know in the books but still I really like Daniel Radcliffe so I’m not trying to hate. My favourite scenes were definitely when Harry and Voldemort were fighting, in the Forbidden Forest and finally at the castle, those scenes were phenomenal to watch and I really felt fascinated and like I was there when it was happening. There are so many other scenes I loved like Hermione changing into Bellatrix which I just found hilarious to watch but the only thing I didn’t like about the movie is for me they ruined the essence of Hermione and Ron’s relationship with that ‘in the moment’ kiss – I just loved the kiss in the book so much more!
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
This movie introduced the wizarding world really well, I loved how cute all the actors looked however I wish they didn’t leave some of the things that happened in the book out like showing how the Dursleys were before Harry was given to them as we got to see how ‘normal’ they really were. Also I wish they included the potions task that Hermione helped Harry get past as I enjoyed reading about it and it shows how smart she really is. Still I love re-watching it as I love learning more about the wizarding world at the same time the students are. My favourite scenes out of the movie are definitely when Hagrid tells Harry he is a wizard (it’s such an iconic scene) and when the gang (Hermione, Ron and Harry) meet. Just adorable and that’s why I decided to put it as my second favourite movie!
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Goblet of Fire is such as an amazing book and movie, however what I really wished had happened was that they included much more of the book in the movie. I know it sounds impossible as so much happens in the book but I missed Dobby and Winky and the Victor Krum that I fell in love with… Am I the only one that saw him as this shy awkward boy that was just adorable? And in the movies they portrayed him as a little bit arrogant and dull-witted. This was the first instalment in the series where the graphics were phenomenal, simply breath-taking but I wish that in the first task they showed a little bit at least of how the other champions captured the egg as me and my cousin became very curious about that when we watched it. Overall I was going to place this as my favourite movie from the Harry Potter franchise but as a lot of my favourite parts were missed out it had to go to third place, still loved it but why change what one of my favourite characters was like and miss out the Quidditch World Cup like that? We didn’t even get to watch it…
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
I feel like this movie stayed partially true to the book, however I felt that at times some things didn’t make sense – they were just thrown in there to back up what would happen later, for instance when Kreacher was sent to get Mundungus why did Dobby come with him? Is it to make his final moment in the series as he was missing for the two past previous movies much more emotional? Also as movies can never truly stay true to the books, it is literary impossible for them to do so, why would they throw in a scene like the one with Harry and Hermione dancing in, it adds no value to the plot and ever since I’ve been little it always made me cringe, big Hermione and Ron fan here! 🙂 However, I loved all the visual effects and the dramatic music as it really made me captured in the moment and oh my I cried when Hedwig passed but I burst out crying right before Dobby’s death as of course I knew what was coming – I still believe it is so unfair that it had to happen. Just one last thing I wanted to mention, why couldn’t they include Kreacher and Harry getting along in the end as then they could have included him in the Battle of Hogwarts, he kind of acted as the Dobby I loved before, I know no one can replace Dobby but still that really bought me down. Overall, I did really enjoy it and I believe it is one of the instalments that stayed true to the book.
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
As most of you know by now this is by far my favourite book instalment in the series however the movie for me wasn’t as good as some of the other ones in this franchise. It all happened so quickly and believe me I know they had to cut this action packed book into two hours but for me it still felt like it all was over too quickly. In the book the anticipation is built slowly and in the movie the ending is what it is mostly focused on. On the other hand I did really like how they made the dementors look so realistic and that they included some scenes not present in the book like when the boys eat those sweets that make them make animal noises – that was hilarious, and that they over-exaggerated the flying scene with Buckbeak as it looks amazing. This is definitely the first movie in the series that had phenomenal graphics with the creatures and the patronus. The only thing I wish that they did include is how important Crookshanks is to the story as when I was reading the book I was pleasantly surprised at the big role he really played.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
The main problem I had with this instalment is that there wasn’t that much happening like in the other ones, I wish they made the beginning more feisty by including the fight between Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy as it really gets that passion across that the Weasley’s have and how proud Arthur actually is of his family and being a muggle loving pure blood. Also I wasn’t the biggest fan of how Ginny reacted after Harry saved her from Tom Riddle, in the books we get this flood of emotion from her as she has just been found and might get punished for doing such dangerous things and she cries, however in the movie she portrays no emotion what so ever and acts like it is no big deal which really disappointed me. Hands down my favourite thing about this movie is Dobby the house elf, he is just out of this world and his attempts at saving Harry’s life are hilarious. Okay one last thing I wish they included in the movies and not just Chamber of Secrets but all of them is Peeves as he just brings with him this personality that I think would project well on the screens, plus they should have included Professor Binns too.
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Originally I thought that this was my favourite movie as I remember being most excited about it when I was younger as you know Ron and Hermione kind of finally share and accept that they are meant to be together and Dumbledore and Harry using the Pensieve and looking for Horcruxes. However when watching this movie straight after reading the book (which I believe is my second favourite in the series), the movie ended up falling flat for me. It might have been the setting – I know that we are mostly present in Hogwarts but for some reason, ever since Order of the Phoenix whenever I watch the movies I feel like Hogwarts has lost that magical touch that readers experience whilst reading. I know this sounds like such a negative review and the only other negative thing I will say is that I do not like how Dumbledore is portrayed at all, he just isn’t the same man I cried over when he was killed and just so many other characters were missed out. I’m just not happy… On the other hand, there are some positives I do want to mention and these are that I absolutely adored the Quidditch tryouts and the match (wished there were more of them but oh well), and the scene when Harry and Dumbledore went to retrieve the locket – the visuals were amazing! Just spectacular! But don’t get me started on missing out the elves again…
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Originally I though Chamber of Secrets was my least favourite, however re-watching this movie after rereading the book I found that there were so many things I had a problem with, Dobby didn’t make an appearance once whereas in the book he was all over the place (in a good way) and a lot of the things just didn’t really make sense and not going to lie if I hadn’t read the book I think I would have been a little bit surprised and confused at most of the scenes as some of them just made no sense. I really didn’t like the kiss scene between Cho and Harry, he said she cried during the kiss to Ron and Hermione however when they were showing it she was totally fine – even my mum said that wasn’t done well, also where was the Valentine’s Day scene, Rita Skeeter anyone? Or what about Cho’s friend who betrays the DA, I just didn’t feel attached at all to this movie and it also made me a little bit mad as I just feel like it didn’t do the book justice. Ever since rereading the book it has become on of my favourites (I still can’t believe I gave it last place on my favourites list – there must have been something wrong with me). Also one last thing, why couldn’t they spend longer on the scene were Harry sees Snape’s memories and where was Lilly? I’m writing this straight after watching the movie so apologise for being so critical, I’m just a little bit disappointed – but I’ve got to say the ending parts were amazingly filmed.
If you want to check out my favourite book order for this series you can CLICK HERE
However as this is quite an old post I think as soon as I get my thoughts together and actually decide my favourite book order then I will post it (probably after this post). See you in the next post! 😀 ❤