Thursday, 13 September 2012

Harry Potter (film series)

Harry Potter film series is a series of eight films based on J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. The series started with ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'' (known in the United States as ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone''), in 2001, and ended with the film ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'', in 2011. The series is produced by David Heyman, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, in the roles of Harry Ron, and Hermione, respectively. Richard Harris,  Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Gary Oldman, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, David Thewlis,  Natalia Tena, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, and Brendan Gleeson, play major supporting roles, while Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Issacs, Tom Felton play major villains.

Each of the films are based on each Harry Potter novels. The book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was split into two films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The Harry Potter film series has been very successful and very much popular and has earned multiple awards and nominations.

Plot synopsis

Harry Potter has been raised by his unsympathetic aunt and uncle as an ordinary boy. But one day he comes to know that he is a wizard and his parents had been murdered by the evil wizard Lord Voldemort. He starts to study at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He becomes friends with Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. The series follows the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. Gradually, Harry comes to know more about his past, more about Voldemort's mission. With the help of his two friends, Harry fights against evil powers, against Lord Voldemort, and fights to defeat him.

List of Harry Potter films
(1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001): Directed by Chris Columbus
(2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002): Directed by Chris Columbus
(3) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004): Directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n
(4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005): Directed by Mike Newell
(5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007): Directed by David Yates
(6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009): Directed by David Yates
(7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010): Directed by David Yates
(8) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011): Directed by David Yates


Note: Not all of the characters have appeared in all eight films. Some have appeared in less than eight of the films. Also, there are hundreds of characters in the film series. Only the most important of them are mentioned below.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Richard Harris/ Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith as  Minerva McGonagoll
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
Warwick Davis as Professor Filius Flitwick
Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy
Ian Hart as Professor Quirrel / Lord Voldemort (voice)
Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid
Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy
Jason Issacs as Lucius Malfoy
Julie Walters as Molly Weasley
Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley
Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan
Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn
Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney
Julie Christie as Madam Rosmerta
Gary Oldman as Sirius Black
David Thewlis as Remus Lupin
Timothy Spall as Wormtail/ Peter Pettigrew
Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge
Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley
Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks
Clemence Poesy as Fleur Delacour
Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory
Brendan Gleeson as Alastor ''Mad-Eye'' Moody
Adrian Rawlins as James Potter
Geraldine Sommerville as Lily Potter
Not all of the above-mentioned actors appeared in all eight films. For example, Gary Oldman appeared only in four of the films; David Thewlis in only five of the movies, while Helena Bonham Carter in four films.

My opinion

I love Harry Potter! They are some of my favorite movies of all time! I am a really big fan of Harry Potter! I have read all the books and seen all the movies!

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