This week on GotYA we're following Nathan Bransford's lead and doing a week full of Harry Potter themed posts. Today we're asking What is your favorite film adaptation of the books?
I have to say that I love all the HP movies and have them all on DVD. But, whenever I'm wanting a Harry Potter fix, I go for one specific one. And that's the Prisoner of Azkaban. I'm sure if you knew me, you'd probably be appalled/surprised that the Goblet of Fire isn't my favorite because of two words....Robert Pattinson, but alas, no, even RPtaz and the GoB can hold a candle to the mastery that is the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Because this movie is just chock full of goodies!
The first one being the hotness of Sirius Black....just kidding. But yeah, we get introduced the fabulous character of Sirius Black. We spend most of the movie/book fearing him and then loathing him when we discover he betrayed Lily and James. But oh what a redemption he has when we learn the truth! He turns into such a noble, caring person, and you long for him and Harry to finally have the relationship they should have always had. I also think it's cool how what happens with Sirius is a foreshadowing of Snape's transformation in Deathly Hallows. All is not what it seems with Sirius and Snape.
Speaking of Snape, I love the scene where he's protecting the kids-kudos to foreshadowing what his role has truly been throughout the series. I also love the scene where Neville imagines Snape in his grandmother's clothing!
The second reason would be Lupin....man, do I love me some Lupin. Calm, unassuming, faithful Lupin who oh snap, turns out to be a werewolf! EESH. Big reveal there. I also love the SNAP moment when you momentarily think that Lupin is a baddie because he's teamed up with Sirius. I love how he becomes a father figure to Harry as well....but man, did I hate it when he and Tonks died in Deathly Hallows. So, so SAD!
The third would be the introduction of the Dementor's. I'll be honest with you. These things scared the pants off me. There is something very frightening about creatures who feed off your emotions....the scene on the train where everything gets cold and then they feed off Harry....shudders...it's just epic. I also loved in Oprah's JK Rowling interview how she talked about the Dementors representing the depression she had experienced in her life.
Fourth, would be the ultimate Girl Power that is Hermoine in this film. Dude, is there anything better than when she punches Malfoy in the face? EPIC! I also love how she's using the time traveling device for studious purposes only....so very Hermoine. I love PoZ also because you can see the beginnings of Ron and Hermoine's romance. So very sweet!
Reason #5 is Buckbeak--poor, sad, misunderstood, but hero in the end, Buckbeak. As an animal lover, I really appreciated how I feel Rowling used Buckbeak to show an appreciation for animals and how mistreating them can lead to destruction.
So, I've given you my favorite, which one(s) is yours?