Book Review – Harry Potter: The Character Vault

Written by Jody Revenson Published by Titan Books RRP £24.99 If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, there is no such thing as enough information about the world of Harry Potter. This book is made with love and care for fans of JK Rowling’s creation, and it is a treasure trove of beautiful photographs, concept art and lovely details from behind the scenes that infuse appreciation for the amount of hard work that went into the making of the films. You need to have this handsome book on your shelves if you are into Harry Potter (which includes me, as […]

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Notes On A Film: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Not a review: these are the thoughts of a fan [see all my posts on Harry Potter] after he has seen the film (in 2D, of course, because I avoid money-grabbing 3D films that were filmed in 2D), and it assumes a detailed knowledge of both the books and films. You have been warned This discussion of is belated but there is a reason. I couldn’t write about the final film in the Harry Potter series because I was so emotionally bereft after viewing it. The film was great, a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the series, and it made me […]

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Notes On A Film: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1

I am back and I have seen the first part of final Harry Potter film, so I’m going to ramble on about it in a completely biased fashion because I’m a fan of the whole Harry Potter thing (see my collection of Harry Potter-labelled posts for all my previous Harry Potter-related nonsense). It’s strange to discuss a film which is only half a film; I remember hearing stupid people complaining about the end of The Lord Of The Rings because it obviously hadn’t ended, but at least that was a narrative arc of sorts. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows […]

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Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4: Not A Review

I love the Lego games and I love the Harry Potter books and films, so I knew in advance that I was going to love Lego Harry Potter Years 1–4. And it didn’t disappoint. If you enjoy the films and enjoy the cuteness and humour that Travellers Tales bring to their execution of a fun game, you will pass the time very happily indeed. The game is based on the first four films (specifically the films and the way they move through the stories, and not the books, although there are some book-specific references – the Sphinx in the maze […]

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The Harry Potter Factor

As I have said before, I really like the Harry Potter films – see the tag ‘Harry Potter‘ if you don’t believe me – and have subsequently watched them many times. The side effect of this is that, instead of six degrees of Kevin Bacon, all films I watch now can have a Harry Potter Factor based on how many actors in the film have also been in the Harry Potter movies. This is helped by the fact that the adult actors in the Harry Potter movies are generally very good and are in demand. For example, I have just […]

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Notes On A Film: Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

I’m a fan of the Harry Potter books and film (see these links for proof, so apologies for the slipshod nature of these notes), so the sixth film in the franchise is going to be aimed for me, despite any noble intentions the film-makers might have about making the film accessible for everyone. I also think that this film has more resonance for people who are intimately familiar with the books and films, getting more out of the small moments that make up this film, instead of the normal plot-heavy stories that have preceded this latest instalment. One of the […]

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(Old) Film Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

(All the talk of Harry Potter had me looking around at my old notes, where I found my original review of the third film. So I thought I’d include it for completeness.) This is the best film of the franchise so far. This is probably helped by the fact that the book was the best so far, but the film itself is a cracking film in its own right as well. Everything about it works wonderfully; the younger cast are growing in their roles and really look the part, and are more like teenagers in general; the mood and atmosphere […]

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Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As I’ve mentioned, I enjoy the Harry Potter series. I enjoy the world that JK Rowling has created and the characters that fill it. The attention to detail, from the huge history to the names of people and spells, and the placing of a world of magic next to the context of the modern world of the mundane are wonderful. Therefore, I was looking forward with anticipation to how it would all come together in the final book. I was amazed by the hype and coverage that surrounded the release of the book. The media coverage was particularly impressive and […]

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Film Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

There are many aspects of the Harry Potter films that have got darker as they have progressed, to be expected from a series about the rise of a dark wizard who killed the hero’s parents, with the last film including the onscreen death of an albeit minor character. And this doesn’t even mention the darkness of Daniel Radcliffe’e eyebrows. But the fifth film has the darkest yet – the sight of Dudley Dursley as a hoodie in training. Scary. The film opens with Harry and Dudders being attacked by two Dementors in Little Whinging; Harry uses a Patronus charm to […]

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More reflections on Harry Potter films

(When I said tomorrow, I obviously meant the day after the day after tomorrow. You knew that.) The third film is where things begin to click and is my personal favourite. It is utterly charming – Aunt Marge is still floating in the sky when we see Harry leave the Dursleys; Stan looking around the corner of the bus to where Harry can see the dog; the fun of the Whomping Willow used to show the passage of time throughout the film (the film may only be a few hours, but it relates to 8 months); the use of moving […]

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