Has anyone here not read the books?
#1
I confess I haven't. So I'm able to see the movies without preconceived notions. It's certainly true that if you'd never seen a previous Potter movie, The Goblet of Fire would have been way to confusing...but chances are if you haven't seen a Potter movie by now you're not going to!

I don't know why people have to criticize the first two movies. They were the 'groundbreakers.' Easy to criticize after the fact. Easy not to realize that future directors and screenwriters have *learned* (hopefully) from what's gone on before and wont make the same mistakes...if mistakes they can be called
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#2
I liked the first two movies from a book perspective, you should really read the books, much better than the movies, the movies leave alot out!
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#3
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#4
ya the movies are good but they have to leave a lot of good stuff out. like winky and everything else in goblet of fire. that was like the only bad thing about the goblet of fire movie. they left too much out. they should have made it 3 hours and added more stuff. especially the sphinx in the maze, rita skeeter being an illegal animagus, and the winky thing.
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#5
Yep. I only go to see the movies because I like Harry Potter so much, but I wouldn't go to see them at all if I hadn't read the books. They wouldn't attract me. The books have so much more to offer...I know it's the same story as in the movies, but told way better.
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#6
All of the directors say its not really their job to put a story into the movie but follow the spirit of the books, based on the book. That is what Newell said anyway (Pardon me if I spelt your name wrong and if you have to be browsing through this humble HP forum, and if so give me a call, or e-mail!)
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#7
I know plenty of people who have not read the books and found the movies confusing. The only advice is to read the books.

I still don't think the first movies are bad, either. They might not be "the best" movies ever, but they bring a different kind of life to the books that has to satisfy SOME part of your potter passion
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#8
ya movies aren't bad they just leave too much plot out.
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#9
there's only so much they can fit in a movie time slot though
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#10
ya i understand that but they should have added like 20 more mins. then it would be 3 hours. after the lord of the rings trilogy( which i like by the way) i think they should know that we can handle a 3 hour movie.
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^ I agree. And about Peeves, I feel sorry for you.
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#12
we can, but what about a 12 year old?
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#14
okay...

be as it may that SOME 12 year olds may want a 3 hour + movie, not everyone can sit through it. It's long and costly.

Of course, we can always use Titanic as an example. 3 hrs and 14 min (or so) and people went and saw that over and over and over in the theatres, even younger kids (I admit to being young and doing so)
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#15
and it was huge, It made millions!!
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#16
some of you have been saying that people who haven't read the books find the movies confusing, but my dad and one of my friends who have never read any of the books both watched hp4 and weren't confused at all. they followed the plot and really enjoyed the movie. btw, me, hater of hp movies, has to publically and formally admit that i LOVED the fourth movie. it was wonderful, and the pieces that they left out and added as well... it still worked. and it was intrigueing and made me cry. Smile so i withdraw my statement that all harry potter movies are awful... i love the fourth and i like the first okay (after watching it again). but i still don't like 2 and 3. Tongue
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#17
It was a good movie, despite how much they left out!
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#18
ya the movies aren't bad. as i already stated. but 12 year olds don't mind this stuff. i was young and i watched movies that were long.
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#19
The movies STINK They leave too much out and I hate that. They don't depict the characters appropriately AND they star Daniel Radcliffe (any movie starred by Radcliffe is bound to suck).
This is a very strong and personal opinion, so I don't expect people to agree. (What I mean is, don't try to convince me they're good, because I won't change my mind). I hate the fact that Harry Potter has turned, since it was made a movie, into a merchandising gold-mine. The next thing we know, we're getting tiny Harry Potter action figures at McDonald's (perhaps they already exist, I dunno, I don't go to McDonald's often).
Long life to the BOOKS!
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#20
I think your absoulutley right on the merchandising bit, unless it has anythingn to do with the books, I have a bookmark, it says that Propro Incantatem is on page 605 in the Bloomsbury version of GOF, most probably American version seeing as my dad found it in America
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