First, I want to start here by saying, sorry, I was gone so long. I was in the middle of a move, and with school, my work, the pandemic, and the move, I didn’t have much time to myself to post here. So, without further ado, here’s my review of Harry Potter: books vs. movies.
As you might have guessed from most of my blog, I’m a huge HP fan! But, unlike most fans my age, I didn’t start getting into Harry Potter because of the books, but the movies. I was six years old when the first movie hit the screen in France. So naturally, my parents took me to see it. And then, movie after movie, I started getting older and so did the character. When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II hit the screen, I was 16 years old and watching the movie with my friends instead of my parents. Harry’s adventure took up most of my childhood and teenage years. And that’s when I started reading the books. To kind of push away the moment I had to say goodbye to Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the others.
After reading the books, I started to realize that there was much more to the Wizarding World than just what I had seen on the screen. And I fell in love with the story all over again… This is why I wanted my first Books vs. Movies (or TV Shows) to be about Harry Potter. It’s a universe I loved, both in the movies and the books.
I started reading the books in High School, right after the end of the movie series. I became so attached to the story that I couldn’t let it go when the end credits rolled out. At that time, I was fluent enough to be able to read them in English. And the series was one of the first books that I read in English.
I have to say that I have an emotional attachment to the books as well as the movies. But reading the books was like discovering a whole new world inside the one I thought I knew inside and out. It was then that I realized that you lose a lot of the material when you adapt something. And even more so when you do it on the big screen.
Ever since that moment that I first opened the books, I’ve realized that I really loved reading. Much more than I thought I already did. Harry Potter was cemented as one of the most important works of art of my childhood/teenage years. And now, I’m 25 years old, finishing my studies, but I still get misty-eyed when I read “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
Like I said before, I watched the movies before I read the entire series. When Harry Potter was first released in the theater, I was six years old. It’s one of the first movies that I remember watching, besides Mulan. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the first DVD I ever got. It was actually so old that I had to replace it a few years ago.
The movies really forged my childhood and teenage years, much more than any other work of fiction did at the time. I think the film really taught me what I value most today, which is to find magic wherever you can find it. And whenever I’m down, I always watch the movies to make me feel better. I’m actually rewatching the entire series right now.
How do they compare?
I’ve got to say, when it comes to Harry Potter, I’m not a really objective person. I’ve always valued the movies as much as the books because they relate to different parts of my life.
But, as much as I like movies, some of the most important stuff from the books are kind of lost when you only watch the film. I know, I’ve had that fight many times with my siblings, who both never read the book series.
I guess that for the first Books vs. Movies, it’s kind of a tie. They each got their own merits.
You can see the reviews that I made for the Harry Potter books right here, under the letter H.
Feel free to tell me how you feel about either the movies or the books in the comment. I hope you enjoyed this new format of reviews!