The Harry Potter Project: A Harry Potter Virgin Watches All 8 Movies In 5 Days


Remember that movie Julie & Julia, where Amy Adams blogged about going through the entire Julia Childs cookbook and reviewing all of the dishes she prepared? Well, this is gonna be kinda like Brandon & Harry, where I blog about going through the entire Harry Potter movie series and reviewing every single movie. Basically, my project is gonna be a lot less challenging… and a lot less delicious.

The history: First, some background on Harry and me. I’m a complete Harry Potter virgin. I’ve never read one single line of any of the books, and I’ve never watched more than the 3 seconds it takes to realize it’s Harry Potter before I turn the channel of any of the movies. I guess I’ve technically seen the movie trailers, but because I’m usually rolling my eyes during their entirety, it’s difficult to say how much I’ve actually “seen” of the trailers. Hard to watch something with both eyeballs at a 90 degree angle.

Why didn’t I ever watch the movies in the first place? Uh, because I’m a grown man. I just didn’t get the appeal of a bunch of 2 ½ hour kids movies about wizards and witches. Plus, I had a couple of good friends who read all the books and they talked about how amazing they were 24/7. I mean, I adore Baby Kermit’s classic book “I Can Go Potty”, but if I went on and on about it all the time to my friends, they’d be so sick of it by the time that the movie version came out that none of them would see it. (Okay, but really, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to see Baby Kermit instructing toddlers how to pee pee and poo poo properly… especially if it’s in 3D?) I’ve had all kinds of peer pressure over the years to watch them, but resisted year after year, movie after movie. But I’ve stayed strong… until now.

So why watch them now? I’m a pop culture nut. Movies, music, TV shows, sports… you name it, I know it. I’m one of those guys that you hate playing Scene It with because I’ve “scene” everything. Those questions that you hate where they ask you to put all the movies in chronological order by release date? Not a problem. I’m that guy. So being the movie fanatic and pop culture buff that I am, it feels really odd to be out of the loop on something so big and epic in scale. Love him or hate him, Harry Potter is a phenomenon, and it’s all anyone is going to be talking about this week. I want to experience the madness that is Pottermania first hand on Thursday night at midnight. But first, I have some catching up to do.

The project: From Sunday July 10th to Thursday at midnight, I will watch all 8 Harry Potter movies and review the movies I watched the previous night on this blog every day. I will write them from a completely neutral, untainted point of view. I haven’t been spoiled on a thing, and I’m going into this with no expectations, good or bad. 20 hours of Harry Potter in a span of about 100 hours. Take away time to eat, sleep and work 3 part time jobs, and I’ve probably only got about 15 minutes left to write my reviews, so I better stop wasting time. I watched the first movie last night. So let’s wave my critical wand and make a review appear.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Harry Potter Project: The Wrap Up

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20 thoughts on “The Harry Potter Project: A Harry Potter Virgin Watches All 8 Movies In 5 Days

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  5. I am interested in your reviews, and I will follow them over the course of the movies. However, if I could have ask for one thing, I would have asked you to read the books before you saw the movies.
    When I was at the University of Texas, a friend was in RTF (Radio-Television-Film) and on average, one page of a movie script would be about 60 seconds of film time, on average. Since the first book is 312 pages, many parts of the book had to be streamlined to condense the film down to 2-1/2 hours. You can imagine what was done for the longest of the series–Book 6: Happy Potter and the Order of the Phoenix–870 pages.
    I hope that you enjoy the series as much as I have. I have read and listened to the books via audio book tapes or CD, which you could check-out at most public libraries. If you want a different twist on the books, listen to the audio book version. Jim Dale–the narrator of the US version–was a Shakespearean actor many years ago, and he does an excellent job of providing separate voices for each character, and breathes life with his interpretation. All are unabridged, so you could read and listen to the books at the same time.

    Just a thought,
    Rudy

    • Thanks for reading, Rudy! I’m glad to have piqued your interest!

      I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I need to read the books because they explain so much more than the movies do, and I might do it if I can find the time.
      However, I thought this would be a fun thing to do because I hadn’t read the books. I think most everyone who sees the movies have read the books and are already fans. I wanted to do these entries so people could see the perspective of a unbiased person who went into the movies with almost no previous knowledge of the series. It seems like overall I’m getting the same feeling as those that have read the books, but I’m missing some details. It’s been interesting for me reading everyone’s reactions and I hope it’s been entertaining for the readers as well!
      :)

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  7. I hope you get the rest posted soon ! This has been a fun read, but I am most anxious to see how you feel now that you’ve seen DH1-2. If only because Deathly Hallows 2 has left be shaken, it was that good.

    I’ve read all the books countless times and you are missing the experience of a lifetime by not reading Goblet of Fire. When I read that for the first time I literally stayed up till 4am to finish. You just could not put it down.

    Thanks for your fresh perspective though and welcome to those of us who adore Harry!

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  9. Hello Brandon! As a fan of both the books and movies and a total movie bluff, I would just like to thank you for writing these marvelous reviews! Thoroughly entertaining and brilliantly written! It’s so nice to hear a (if you don’t mind me using this word) newbie’s views on the films, especially when they’ve never read the books.

    I just would like to ask, since you have enjoyed all the films, if you are thankful that you will at least see a Harry Potter movie in the theatres and if you regret not seeing the previous ones in them?

    Hope you enjoyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2!
    All the best!

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  11. Yay, a new review! Yeah, the pacing of the first film is slow, but then again the first film spans a time period of roughly 12 months.*** I think it’s really powerful the way it shows the endless waiting and anxiety that goes on in a war-zone.

    ***SPOILER****
    Whilst part 2 spans roughly 1 and a half days (minus the epilogue). Makes you think, doesn’t it?

  12. I stumbled on this blog last night, and I have to say, I absolutely adore your reviews. I would say for Potterheads (which, by the way, is what we call ourselves…you were close), the general least favorite of the films is either The Goblet of Fire or The Order of the Phoenix. I really loved Goblet of Fire, because it was when all three kids really started showing that they actually could act (particularly Rupert…I think from the fourth on that he’s the best of the three). The Order of the Phoenix wasn’t near as close to the book as I would have liked it. It was, up until this last one, the shortest film, even though it’s the longest book of the series. It just feels like it wasn’t given any justice.

    Anyway, I’m absolutely dying to read what you thought of The Deathly Hallows Part 2, and then what you think of the entire series. I don’t mean to rush you, but I’m REALLY anticipating your final reviews.

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  14. Delightful. Funny, informative!
    I love your virgin point of view on everything. It was truly interesting.
    Now that you’ve been through and watched the movies, I’d love to see you read the books – all of them one after another.
    You’ll have more answers and feel more fulfilled with the series.
    And I’m so glad you came to love what many of us have loved for years. Thank you!

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