This is the fifth installment of the Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) movie franchise based on the book by the same name. In this movie, we watch as things are just getting darker and darker for our young hero. Summer is bleak and dry and very hot, too hot for Little Whinging in Surrey. This is where Dudley (Harry Melling) realizes just how hard things are for his wizarding cousin when the boys are attacked by Dementors, the black, hooded guards of Azkaban Prison that feed on everything positive from their victims, leaving them with cold sadness. As the attack happens, Harry does an Patronus spell to bring out the protector spirit that will repel the Dementors. The spell is successful, but one muggle other than Dudley sees it, but this muggle is actually a squibb, Mrs. Figg (Kathryn Hunter), Harry’s old babysitter. Read more...(593 words, 201 images, estimated 2:22 mins reading time)
This magical epic is the fourth in the series based on the books by J.K. Rowling. This is also the pivotal year in which Lord Voldemort is no longer hiding with in the bodies of his followers or in the pages of a lost diary. He has grown stronger, and needs just one perfect spell to bring him back, and Harry is the catalyst to make it work.
We are lucky enough not to have dealings with the Dursleys in this film, as we go from the scene at the old Riddle manor house where we see Wormtail (Timothy Spall) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) conspiring with an unknown ally. Nagini, Voldemort’s familiar, portrayed as a Burmese Python, but a magical pairing, as she has fangs and venom where true pythons do not, works as a sentry for the Dark Lord and his crew, and spies the old caretaker, Frank Bryce (Eric Sykes), but the old man knows to much and meets his end with a killing curse from a phoenix feather-powered wand. Read more...(1020 words, 140 images, estimated 4:05 mins reading time)
It is hard to believe it has been nearly a decade since many family herded their kids into the car and headed down to the local cinemas to see this first installment of the Harry Potter movies. The main players, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Gint), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and their first magical rival, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) were all just pre-teens then, dealing with things they never dreamed of. Some were ready for the challenge, growing up with, or researching what was coming to them. Harry was the most un-prepared, yet the most powerful of them all. We saw glimpse of Harry’s miserable home life with the Dursleys. Vernon Dursley (Richard Griffiths), who is perpetually in denial about magic. His wife, Petunia (Fiona Shaw), who knows that it does exists, but would rather not deal with it, and supports Vernon fully. That leaves Dudley (Harry Melling), whom is a male version of Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A beefy brat that is so spoiled, that if he was a carton of milk the expiration date on him would have been 322 B.C.E. Read more...(749 words, 95 images, estimated 3:0 mins reading time)
This is one hell of a film and is the perfect start to the end of the series. Would be nice if there was more to the stories but what we have is great indeed. The director David Yates did a wonderful job portraying all of the troubles and danger that is shown in the book as Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione start looking for a way to get rid of Tom Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort permanently. You are kept on your toes as you wonder what is going to happen to them next.
While I am a fan of Chris Columbus’ version of the first 2 films this rendition of book 7 is a real treat. We don’t get all the gritty blackness that we has with some of the other films. Yates’ renditions just keep getting better and better. We don’t have bad sound to make it more mysterious. What we have is actual true colors that you would see and not just filtered scenes. You get to actually see the acting that is being done by this wonderful cast of characters and actors. Emma, Daniel and Rupert are wonderful in these roles and this film shows that. Read more...(414 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)