The Harry Potter Films Ten Years On

Before the MCU (hard to believe, but a time existed!) another huge, globally successful cinematic enterprise dominated.
Harry Potter Films

Before the MCU (hard to believe, but a time existed!) another huge, globally successful cinematic enterprise dominated. The Harry Potter film series. It’s been ten years since Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) came out. Let’s discuss the films’ legacy

 

Fantastic Cast

What the Harry Potter films needed was a stellar cast. Fortunately, they got one, too! Leading the line was Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Grainger. However, they alone didn’t make the films outstanding. The world witnessed a true showcase of British acting talent, helping the film’s succeed. As well as established actors, there were other young and upcoming talents that shone. For example, Matthew Lewis depicting the lovable Neville Longbottom.

Sadly, the outstanding Alan Rickman is no longer with us. It took a great actor to play out the story arc of Severus Snape. Alan Rickman was more than up to the job. Richard Griffiths, who played the dreadful Vernon Dursley has also sadly passed away, too.

Festive Fun

This is the perfect time of year to do a watch-through of the Harry Potter films! many of them do indeed feature Christmas. Furthermore, they manage to capture the spirit of Christmas, and are all truly magical in their own way. Another great reason to wheel them out during the holidays, is that they’re great family viewing. Some scenes in the later films might be a little scary for very young children, but there’s nothing too gruesome or dark. Whilst none have made Our All Time Favourite Christmas Movies List, they still make fantastic festive viewing. Perhaps they’ll make a future list! So, why not get yourself back on board the Hogwarts Express now?

Legacy

The Harry Potter Films already hold an important place in cinematic history. Everyone has their own “where you and when” tale regarding certain movies. Also, many younger viewers grew up with them, as did the main cast over the ten years of the films being released. Something else that is quite poignant is that they seemed to represent a better time for Britain, and a time before Covid 19, too. Of course, they were far from perfect in their representation, which is a vital aspect to consider. But times seemed simpler, then.

Next year sees the release of the third Fantastic Beasts film, The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022). A feature we ran in 2014 was about David Yates possibly directing in the Fantastic Beasts series too, which he is. So the legacy of the Harry Potter films continues . . .

 

Overall, we think the Harry Potter films are better than the source material, are why the franchise became so globally successful. The movies really did represent an era of magical proportions. They actually get better film by film too. They’re well worth re-watching.

 

Watch out next year for some magical, Harry Potter themed poetry from fun SciFiPulse weekly feature May The Verse Be With You.

 

 

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