10 Quibbles With The Harry Potter Films
This week saw the release of the humungous 31-disc Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray boxset which features all eight films (on Blu-ray, DVD and UV), oodles of new special features, and all sorts of magical memorabilia to go potty over. While the set also includes the extended versions of the first two films (because they really needed to be longer…), and 3-D versions of the last two, fans can feel great relief that noooooooooooo Lucas-style tinkering has been performed. However, while the Potter films truly are a landmark in fantasy filmmaking, there are certain problems that even Lucas’ computer wizardry would have no effect on.
Guest SFX writer and Harry Potter fan Jacob Martin admits the things that irked him most… Let us know in the comments section if you agree/disagree or have some additions.
1 The Emphasis On Rom-Com In Half-Blood Prince
Half-Blood Prince is, for many, the most problematic of all the Potter films, primarily because a great deal of the important parts from the book (Voldemort’s backstory, anyone?) were cut, while all those parts that you’d only really need to pad out a 13-episode TV serial made it in. So what we basically have as a result is a series of romantic tribulations that are only particularly funny if you’re in a good mood. And even then, there’ll still be that lingering disappointment that the impending doom which so characterised the book has been all but lost.