With Warner Bros’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hitting theaters today, we finally get to see the end of the historic eight-film series. To celebrate the occasion, I asked the Click crew to recall their favorite things about Harry Potter. It could be a memory. It could be a moment. It could be from the movies, books, video games, amusement park, or anything else Potter related. It’s all up for grabs. So check out our Click Picks below and feel free to hit up the comments to tell us about your favorite thing about Harry Potter!
“My favorite thing about the Harry Potter movies is the spot-on casting. It’s been brilliant from the get-go and everyone who’s stepped into the roles has really captured the character from the books.
As far as favorite memories go, when Order of the Phoenix came out, we were moving to LA from Seattle and some good friends of ours gave us the audio book. That thing SAVED MY LIFE. It got me through the cleaning of our old place, the drive to LA and setting up the new apartment. I barely remember any of the activities themselves, just the book!”
“Perhaps my favorite thing about the Harry Potter movies is the score. There’s a short list of movies that have a definitive musical theme — Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Gone with the Wind — and thanks to the genius of John Williams, Harry Potter is on that list. Those first two haunting bars transport us to the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry better than any port key.
One of my favorite memories of Harry Potter goes back to when Mac & I first started reading the books. In January 2000, I moved from Denver to Seattle so that Mac & I could be together. Shortly after that, we took ourselves up to Vancouver for a weekend of shopping & Canadian fun. We picked up the first two Harry Potter books in paperback (which is why we have a copy of the Philosopher’s Stone, not the Sorcerer’s Stone). I don’t remember who started reading them first, but once we started, we couldn’t stop. One of us would finish a book and the other would immediately grab it. After burning through the first two we ran back to the bookstore to grab the next two in hardback. We barely left our hotel room, and while saying that about a young, newly-minted couple on a weekend getaway would normally infer all kinds of things that are totally inappropriate for a company blog, Mac and I are nerds. We couldn’t put the books down, and have been huge Harry Potter fans ever since.”
“My favorite thing about Harry Potter is probably the gutsy move Warner Bros. made by allowing Alfonso Cuaron to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Coming off what I personally felt was a lackluster effort (and my least favorite Potter film) in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I had my doubts about the rest of the series. Cuaron, however, injected the series with a brand new sense darkness and maturity. It was a breath of fresh air and easily helps …Azkaban continue to be my favorite film of the series. Those Dementors are just so damn creepy!”
“Who wouldn’t want to throw a dinner party in the Great Hall at Hogwarts Castle with those endlessly long tables piled with trays of tasty treats, walls that reach up to the ceiling that look like the sky above and floating candles in the air where the occasional ghost or owl post drops by? Whether it’s a quiet game of Wizard Chess or a Sorting Hat ceremony, the Great Hall is a truly magical destination.”
“I’m a big fan of secret passages and things hidden in plain sight. So, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station are probably some of my favorite HP elements! It reminds of celeb magician David Copperfield’s 1986 televised stunt “Walk Through the Great Wall of China.” I was 7 when I saw that, and spent my hours, when no one was around, crashing into walls and doors with the hopes of ‘passing through.’ These HP passages make me feel like maybe I just haven’t found the right passages yet, or maybe I just need the magic words?”
“My favorite book, by a landslide was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was the first time I had ever wanted to reach into a book and cause physical harm to a character. Dolores Umbridge was so deliciously evil! Order of the Phoenix was also the first time in the series that I really started to see Harry behaving like a stroppy teenager. It brought such a new element to his growth as a character for me.”
“I love the way Rowling has cleverly crafted the character of Harry Potter. By including the common things an adolescent teenager goes through over the seven year course of his teenage maturation Harry’s character, even though he’s a wizard, becomes instantly relatable. Dealing with the mean kid at school, concern for his friends, starting to like girls, mean teachers, homework; all the issues a young boy goes through creates a character and a series that the reader can’t help but relate to. As the character matures so do the obstacles he must overcome.”
“In the world of Harry Potter, Hogwarts will always be a favorite! I couldn’t imagine a better environment for academia! You get to live with your friends, play loads of Quidditch, and learn incredibly relevant information! It makes me wonder why I ever wasted so much time on Geometry and Algebra, when I could have been focusing my attention on truly useful subjects – like transfiguration, potions, and flying! Gryffindor for life!”