If you’re anything like me, you probably only care about like 3 different things in life: 1) Family and friends, 2) food, and 3) Harry Potter. You also may, or may not, have bought all the books separately, then bought them again when they were released as a collection, bought all the movies separately, then bought them again when they were released as a collection, cosplayed as your favorite character (either at a convention, or in your bedroom by yourself…no judgements), crushed your friends’ spirits on HP trivia night, or permanently inked yourself with some reference to the most magical franchise on the planet.
Basically what I’m getting at here is that Harry Potter is life. Most of us are still in denial that the books/movies haven’t ended yet. Personally, I believe that Sirius Black is coming back from the dead any day now. However, it is precisely this topic (the films, more specifically) that prompted me to write this article. I recently went back to revisit all 8 movies, and upon completion, I made a miraculous discovery that will end the age-old debate: which Harry Potter film is the best?
You heard me correctly. I am here today to tell you that I, David Thomas Dassau, a man that you’ve never heard of and probably don’t even really care about, used my powers of divination to figure out which Harry Potter film reigns supreme. Would you care to take a guess? (also warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!)
Is it the Chris Columbus directed The Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone or The Chamber of Secrets?
Perhaps it’s The Prisoner of Azkaban, helmed by Alfonso Cuarón, who brought his own directing style to one of the darker early Harry Potter films?
OR, maybe it’s The Deathly Hallows, part 1 and/or 2? The films where Voldemort finally meets his demise, and Bellatrix Lestrange gets blown the f**k up.
Well guess what?
It’s NONE of them. It is my professional opinion as a long-time Harry Potter fanatic, lover of movies, and self-proclaimed wizard, that it is 100% impossible to say for certain which one of these 8 remarkable movies is the best. Would you like to know why? You could guess that it’s because everyone is going to have their own different opinion, thus making it extremely difficult to unanimously choose the best film. You could also make an argument stating how you can’t compare the earlier films to the later ones, because there’s a significant jump in the special effects, starting around The Goblet of Fire. Plus there’s a serious tonal change after Cedric’s death.
The truth of the matter is that it’s just too damn difficult to chose which movie is the best. It’s like being asked to chose between the invisibility cloak or the marauder’s map…
…Just kidding. The best movie is obviously
It was the first movie in the series directed by the great David Yates. It was the movie responsible for handling the aftermath of the first significant “dark” turn in the series; the movie that formed the best wizarding resistance that ever was: Dumbledore’s Army. Also, it was the first movie where we got to see how treacherous Voldemort could be. And most importantly, it was the movie that introduced us to one of the most evil and sadistic antagonists in contemporary literature/cinema: Delores F**KING Umbridge. The woman that ruined cats for all of us.
Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix did all of these things, while staying true to the book, and kept alive the magical whimsy of the franchise we know and love so much. The only “argument” I would accept against this hypothesis is that it’s the one where Harry’s amazing godfather Sirius dies. But even the best writers in history, even J.K. herself, have said repeatedly “Kill Your Darlings”.
Thank you so much for reading, and remember:
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”.
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