With the return of The Wizarding World, Killing Time readers this month mulled over the question of which is the greatest of the eight (now nine) films that make up JK Rowling’s universe? The winner (and my choice as well) was the third film in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Azkaban is the book and the film that takes Harry Potter from an intriguing kids series to an all-ages fantasy adventure. Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron brought a darkness and maturity to the series and broke them from the mode of being literal translations of the novels to being films in their own right. Finishing in second was the fourth film in the series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, followed by the grand finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Every Potter film received at least one vote except for the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Now, come on, people. That movie is actually the only film that’s better than its book, and it is certainly better than the first two films. Tsk. I can see it being no one’s favorite, but someone voted for Chamber of Secrets and THAT person, since they’ve clearly lost their mind, might have thrown Phoenix a pity vote.
I’ll leave the results up until Thursday at midnight, at which time the Rogue One Review Poll will go up. Now, this should go without saying, but nothing ever does, so let’s go over it. Do not vote before you see the film. Let it settle a bit before you did to avoid the knee-jerk BEST FILM EVER or I HATE EVERYTHING reactions. We’ve only done this once before for Episode VII, and it worked out pretty well, so we’re verging on making this an annual tradition. The film’s world premiere was last night, and there’s positive buzz coming out of it, though the review ban won’t be lifted until tomorrow (which is why I will be going as dark as possible between then and when I see the movie Friday night).