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Are the Harry Potter Films Better Than The Books? | Consequence of Sound
We pit all seven books against their cinematic counterparts to discover which is more magical
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. This time, we figure out if the Harry Potter books or films are more magical.
In 2001, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books kicked off their parallel journey as the kind of sustainable, decade-long film franchise that modern movie studios have come to covet above most other things. The depth of Rowling’s world was tailor-made for film adaptations, the novels so rich in detail that any filmmaker with even a little bit of vision could make incredible things out of them.
Yet at times, it’s difficult to truly compare the two. The film series, by the nature of film and the necessities of making movies that could equally appeal to both die-hard fans and newcomers, had to cut so many of the smaller stories and side journeys that made the books so rich. Likewise, the films had the advantage of paring the stories down to their most essential elements, in hopes of translating the novels’ deep emotional and social resonance in far less time. Each offers its own pleasures, and preference is often as simple a matter as which one you grew up with. If you grew up reading the books, that relationship will always be different. If you’re among the people for whom ad nauseam replays of the movies on ABC Family (or sorry, Freeform) were a childhood touchstone, you might be of a different opinion as well.
We won’t pretend that we can settle the debate any more definitively than anybody else who’s tried, but that’s hardly deterred us from taking a crack at it all the same. We’ve put each of the novels and films head-to-head and hope to help continue the discussion of which work stands at the forefront of accomplishment. If you’ve had trouble shedding light on your own feelings about this, let us offer a helpful lumos. In the head-to-head debate, who’ll emerge as Head Boy of the respective series?
harry_potter  rowling  books  movies  comparo 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Ranking the Harry Potter Movies From Best To Worst | Consequence of Sound
As the latest Fantastic Beasts hits theaters, a look through the Wizarding World so far
A viewer of a certain age will remember what the run-up to the release of 2000’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone felt like. Just a couple years earlier, the Boy Who Lived arrived on American shores with a slightly altered first installment title and the many wonders of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world in tow. Potter phenomenon was already well underway, but the idea of being able to bring Hogwarts and its inhabitants to life set the excitement at a fever pitch. Everything from the gentle John Williams score to the first images of Daniel Radcliffe as the onscreen Harry suggested that fan expectations were about to be delivered upon.
Whether they were or not from that point is really a matter of perspective. To some Potter-heads, the films can never truly match the richness and depth of Rowling’s ever-expanding universe. To others, they’re to be taken as their own version of the Potter story, adaptations comprehensive enough to work (or not work) as their own retelling, independent of the books. Others got to grow along with the series, watching its actors age onscreen as the characters did on the page, growing up as Harry and Ron and Hermione had to as the story progressed. To many, at least these days, they’re the eight movies always playing on some cable channel somewhere.
Regardless, 18 years and billions of dollars later, the Potter books have spawned eight adaptations, two spin-offs (the Fantastic Beasts films), and a lifetime of book vs. movie arguments. As Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald apparates into theaters around the world, we’ve decided to take our best shot at dissecting the magic of those ten films, what makes them tick, and which manage to best match (or even add to) the story that created a new generation of dedicated readers and fans. Accio ranked list!
harry_potter  movies  ranking  top_ten  rowling 
4 days ago by rgl7194
A Lightning's Tale
"Harry Potter is abruptly thrown into a different world upon receiving his letter from Hogwarts. Danger stalks him at every turn, light and dark are locked in a constant, eternal battle, and weaving it all together is this substance called magic..." (104,791 words) I quite enjoyed this one.
harry_potter  severus_snape  albus_dumbledore  gen  smart!harry  slytherin!harry  independent!harry  hurt!harry  bullied!harry  abused!harry  protective!severus  pov:harry  action  character_study  mystery  magic  abuse:child  bullying  fandom:harrypotter  author:riddle_master_101  have:pdf 
8 days ago by elwarre
Running on Air
Draco Malfoy has been missing for three years. Harry is assigned the cold case and finds himself slowly falling in love with the memories he collects.
harry/draco  harry_potter  teen 
16 days ago by juliandarling
Running on Air - Chapter 1 - eleventy7 - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Draco Malfoy has been missing for three years. Harry is assigned the cold case and finds himself slowly falling in love with the memories he collects.
Harry/Draco  AU  auror:Harry  timetravel  Harry_Potter 
18 days ago by flocci_non_facio
Rec: [HARRY POTTER] BRIAR NOSE, READ BY ISIS
Summary: fic does not include one. It's a comical and sweet retelling of the fairytale.

Rec Snippet: I appreciate ALL podfic performers, but there is something about having each syllable read out as the author imagined the character/narrator intoning it that is just beyond; for me, it's like getting to enjoy podfic/fanfic in 5D or something! And Isis could not offer more of a gem here. Her humour is always spot on, and her wry reading of her truly sly and snarky retelling of a classic fairly tale is just perfect from beginning to end.
harry_potter  harry_potter/severus_snape  frnklymrshnkly_reccer  isis_performer  00:20:00-00:30:00  podfic  unrated 
25 days ago by podfic_love
[HARRY POTTER] SOWING SEEDS (OF HEALTH AND HOPE), READY BY FIRE_JUGGLER
Summary: Hermione's mother hires Millicent to create a vegetable garden for her. After a rocky start, Millicent and Hermione work together to grow organic produce, a beautiful friendship, and eventually something even deeper.

Rec Snippet: In true A++ podficly fashion, this is more than an engaging story; fire_juggler’s reading makes every note reverberate—every one of Hermione’s insecurities, or fancies that she worries are girlish but indulges anyways. In a podfic full of strengths, I think a particularly note worthy one is the reading of Millicent. Fire-juggler infuses her voice with so much unashamedness, so much determination, so much passion—whether she’s engaging in Real Talk™ about politics, or advising Mrs Granger on her garden, or waxing poetic about organic produce.
harry_potter  millicent_bulstrode/hermione_granger  teen_and_up  frnklymrshnkly_reccer  fire_juggler_performer  01:00:00-01:30:00  podfic 
25 days ago by podfic_love
vagaries and vicissitudes by aud_k
Summary: When Harry is nine, Aunt Petunia takes a pair of shears to his head.

|| The pics are amazing.
fanfic  hp  gen  transformation  Harry_Potter  ao3  words:<5.000  fanart  abuse  via:Carnadosa 
29 days ago by hatinjacket
Rec: [Harry Potter] Escaping the Paradox, read by Paraka
Summary: After Harry is thrown back in time to 1971, he has several choices to make.

Rec Snippet: paraka's incredible reading! The story is so good, but she breathes extra life into it somehow. Her Harry is so confused, so lost, but also so adult, and capable--he finds his way. Her Severus is maybe unmatched for me--vulnererable but also cautious, vinegary, superior.
frnklymrshnkly_reccer  paraka_performer  harry_potter  harry_potter/severus_snape  explicit  04:00:00-04:30:00  podfic 
5 weeks ago by podfic_love
Hermione Granger's Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run
'You're a wizard, Harry' is easier to hear from a half-giant when you're eleven, rather than from some kids on a tube platform when you're seventeen and late for work.
AU  Harry_Potter 
8 weeks ago by best_beloved

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