Before Deathly Hallows, which Harry Potter film was the best?
Over 300 of you cast your ballot for your favorite Harry Potter film before Deathly Hallows hit theaters. With a new contender in the ring, it’s time to tally the votes and declare the fan favorite of the first six films.
Let’s start with the loser (whomp whomp). No real surprises here. With only 5% of the vote, Chamber of Secrets brings up the rear. It’s not a bad movie, but it’s also not as developed and interesting as the later installments. This sophomore project is too similar to the first film, without the novelty of being the first. Still, I actually enjoyed it more than the second book.
Coming in fifth place with 7% of muggles claiming it as their favorite, we have Sorcerer’s Stone. Hats off to the film for establishing the wizarding world as we would see it for the next seven movies. You have to give it credit for that. But like the book, this film is very childish and it’s difficult to claim it as your favorite as an adult.
Next is the film I think almost destroyed the series, Goblet of Fire. 11% of you evidently disagree. 11% of my readers are wrong. I mean, um…I don’t know what you’re talking about…(((cough))).
In third place is David Yates’ first attempt at the Harry Potter series, Order of the Phoenix, with 17% of the vote. It’s a long book and as a result, the movie feels a bit cramped and rushed, with major elements falling by the wayside. That said, Dumbledore’s Army and the arrival of Umbridge keep this film going strong.
In second place, with a solid 22% of the vote, is Half-Blood Prince. I enjoyed this film. I didn’t expect to. Part of me didn’t even want to, since it’s so distant from the book. But I have to admit it’s entertaining. A bit confusing. A little emo. But entertaining.
And the winner (no surprise here whatsoever, if you ask me), with 39% of the most discerning muggle votes, is Prisoner of Azkaban. Most of you know this is my pick as the best of the first six films, but in case you missed that, check out Prisoner of Azkaban is the Best Harry Potter Film (I believe in subtlety).
But can Prisoner of Azkaban stand up against Deathly Hallows, Part I? Can either film win out against Deathly Hallows, Part II? It ain’t over till the fat lady guarding the Gryffindor common room sings, so we’ll check back on this poll in July, 2011.
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