Wagner Sisters Rank Harry Potter

My sister and I had so much fun filming all things Harry Potter.  We each gave our rankings of the 8 movies and it was so long I divided it into two youtube videos.  I would love if you gave it a watch, subscribe to my channel and a thumbs up.  I had so much fun with this video and hope to do more with my sister.  If you have any ideas let me know.  I would love to hear them.

Share with me your rankings.  They are all great!

My sister joins me for part 2 of our Harry Potter countdown

Here’s the list if you don’t have time to watch.  Listed from best to worst
Rachel’s List
3
7 pt 2
1
6
5
2
4
7 pt 1

Madeline’s List
6
3
2
7 pt 2
1
5
4
7 pt 1

17 thoughts on “Wagner Sisters Rank Harry Potter

    1. Thanks! I will let her know. We are going to try and think of other things to talk about. She’s not as big a Disney fan as I am.

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    2. Do you object to them or haven’t seen/read them? I know it sounds dark and Godless but it really teaches a lot of nice messages

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  1. This might surprise you but I do not hate the movies in general. I have only seen the first four. Of those the only one I hated was the fourth movie.

    I actually liked the first movie a lot. It was new, special, and conveyed what it was like to be in that world. Having only read the first book and being 12 years old at the time it just felt fresh and new.

    The second movie I only saw once and found barely worth remembering. I had just finished the book when I watched it, and it was so faithful it felt like I was watching a student’s visual representation of the book’s events and I just wanted to stop the film and grade their work after a few minutes but it just kept going on and on.

    The third movie is where I began to get irritated. My brother had cited the lengthy hippogriff flying scene as an example in a piece he wrote about how special effects were being prized over story in modern Hollywood, when you took into consideration how little time was spent explaining the backstory of the Marauders. This was absolutely true but it made me even more angry when I actually watched it and saw how much time was wasted on the stupid pointless comic relief scenes at the beginning. However the last time I re-watched it I concluded the movie itself was in fact good. David Thewlis gave a good performance as Lupin and the heart of the story was still intact and interesting.

    The fourth movie is unforgivable to me for failing to explain the Priori Incantatem effect or the backstory on Barty Crouch Jr. detailing how he had gotten out of Azkaban, had been controlled by the Imperious Curse for years, and why he cast the Dark Mark and killed his father. I understand this last bit would have been hard to explain but they could have at least had the reverse-wand effect explained in there without using much time. The graveyard scene also wasn’t dramatic enough in that Voldemort’s return wasn’t played up as much as it should have been. The one thing I will give the movie credit for is that the reason Harry is allowed to stay in the game actually is more unforgivable than in the book. We at least see them admit that these events can’t be a coincidence, and that something horrible is going to happen. The “binding magical contract” excuse never made much sense but this is a rare occasion of the characters acting more logically in the movie.

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    1. Interesting perspective. I like all the films but I am not a hard core fan of the books. Like I have no memory of any of the details you mentioned. A good movie should stand on its own without even having to have read the book. For me all but 7 pt 1 do. But that’s just me. I like both the books and movies but again more of a casual fan. My sister is much more hard core. She has some of those issues with the movies but still enjoys them (she’s way more of a book person than movie in general where I am the reverse although I do love a good book).

      I havent watched any but 7 pt 2 and 2 for a while but I enjoyed those. But everyone has their own tastes.

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      1. “A good movie should stand on its own without even having to have read the book.”

        I absolutely agree with you here. This is the main cause for my frustration. People shouldn’t have to read the books to understand what happened in a movie. I think I am more passionate about the books than you in general and my mother told me once I remember everything.

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      2. Yeah I didn’t find the movies hard to follow. Maybe there were little things that didnt make sense but the core stories always worked and I enjoyed the experience enough to not notice (I tend to only notice plotholes in really bad movies because my mind wanders).

        You are definitely more passionate about the books which is awesome. I enjoyed them but I am also not a detail oriented reader.

        Swanpride who comments on this blog frequently just did a series on her blog comparing the books and movies and shares many of your frustrations. It’s from a feminist POV but worth a read.

        I think of Harry Potter as kind of a modern day Wizard of Oz. A beautiful story of good vs evil in a magical land.

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      3. The other thing too that is kind of special about this video and Harry Potter is my sister and I are 18 years a part so there arent many things we can bond and share together but Harry Potter is. We had so much fun making the video and I’ve enjoyed watching Harry Potter with her and my other much younger siblings over the years.

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