Reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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    Jun 28, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    I wanted to read it before the film comes out. I hope they do this one right. Which book is your favorite? Which film is your favorite?
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    Jun 28, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
    My favorite film is still the second film.... it just felt "right" to me.

    Favorite book is probably goblet of fire, if i had to pick one.
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    Jun 28, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    book and film 3. Dark, good tension, before the books got self indulgently long.
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    Jun 28, 2010 7:56 PM GMT
    The Deathly Hollows is definitely my favorite followed by Prisoner of Azkaban. I was in London the day the Deathly Hollows was released. The hype was super exciting!
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    Jun 28, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    I think Deathly Hallows is a good book in terms of plot twists, character development, action sequences and suspense. But Rowling purposefully moprhed the whole series from a "gee whiz....it's magic" point of view, to much darker and tension filled books that would appeal to adults.

    My favorite films are the first couple, simply because they DID capture the sense of magic and wonder. I really was mesmerized by Platform 9 3/4 and Diagon Alley......entering the Hogwarts main dining room the first time...all of it.

    But it's true that many think of the first few movies as "kids" movies. I don't, though.

    I think the whole series, both books and movies have been brilliant.
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    Jun 28, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
    my favorite book 7, 6, and 3
    for the movies 6, 5, and 2

    If it wasn't for Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal of Bellatrix I would have not liked the last two movies as much
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    Jun 28, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    #4 was my favorite book. I loved that the bad guys were using all the magic that Harry used in previous books to further their own interests. And it has the immortal line: Lord Voldemort had risen again.

    I didn't like any of the movies very much, but I've seen them all and own the first 3 on dvd. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    I liked Deathly Hallows the best. She did a good job of tying the storylines together.

    My favorite movie was the first. Those kids were too damned cute.
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    Jun 28, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    Bookwise, 6, 4, 1, 3, 7, 5, 2 in that order. Filmwise, I've only seen the first 5, but I'd say 3, 2, 4, 5, 1. I felt the first film was terrible, but that may be in part to having too high of expectations. They did many individual scenes well, but they lost the overall sense of the school, and they butchered the ending.
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    Jun 29, 2010 6:00 AM GMT
    I enjoy that Rowling wrote the books with more and more maturity each time around. It made it feel like you were really participating in the growth of these kids. My favorite books (so far since I'm still reading the last of the series) is actually 5, 3, 4, 6, 2, 1. A lot of people didn't find Order of the Phoenix that good, but I thought it was brilliant! I loved how internal and psychological it was. I think it was too fast of a change from fantasy to darkness for most people, but that's how life can be. Plus, this was the first time Rowling killed off a key player. I'm glad she was r

    As for the films... I don't even know how to rank them. The first three were great in terms of editing, but not the best in terms of production. The last few really f'd up in editing from the books but had great production value.
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    Jun 29, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    My favorite movie is probably The Goblet of Fire, because it's the movie that got me interested in reading the books, which I did in succession exactly two years ago. I'd seen the first movie or two in the theaters with friends and fans of the books. I didn't get what the fuss was about. Total kids fair, as far as I was concerned. Years passed, and I was sitting on my sofa one Saturday, flipping channels, and there was Goblet of Fire on cable. There was nothing else on, so I kept it on in the background. It drew me in. And the story seemed much more adult. Artistically, I think The Prisoner of Azkaban directed by Alfonso Cuaron is the best looking of the films. His films are more imbued with a magical feel.

    I'm glad I got to read the books one after the other, but it's harder to pick a favorite book that way.