The Quotable Harry Potter - draft front cover
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HARRY POTTER MOVIE REVIEWS
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2002)
"This whimsical film offers compelling proof that magic and movies go together like ABRA and CADABRA."
Betty Jo Tucker on ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"What's on screen is a cautious approach to cinema wizardry - broad, colorful strokes and flash-bang effects that turn J.K. Rowling's words into a long, cheerful spectacle with a Muggle soul."
Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal
"Even without a whit of singing, it is the Wizard of Oz of our time."
Steve Crum in The Kansas City Kansan
"The trickiest magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was performed by the casting directors."
Sean Means in The Salt Lake Tribune
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
"Moves the franchise even closer to Indiana Jones territory, with bloodcurdling action scenes and a passel of climactic computer-generated slime beasties unparalleled in their potential ability to - I'm quoting from both book and film here - ''rip, tear, rend, kill.' "
Ty Burr in The Boston Globe
"Best of all, the second Potter movie reunites its adult cast: Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese, Alan Rickman, Julie Walters and others -- a veritable Who's Who of British actors that single-handedly elevates the proceedings out of the kid's movie genre into something special."
William Arnold in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The film's scary moments are too monstrous and its happy times have too much idiotic beaming, making the film feel like the illegitimate offspring of Alien and The Absent-Minded Professor."
Kenneth Turan in The Los Angeles Times
"May just be the most quintessential Steven Spielberg movie Steven Spielberg never made."
Rick Kisonak on FilmThreat.com
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
"The Prisoner of Azkaban is to Harry Potter what that other No. 3, Goldfinger, was to James Bond: the movie that takes the invention and gamesmanship of the series to a whole new giddy peak."
Michael Sragow in The Baltimore Sun
"Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero."
Peter Travers in Rolling Stone magazine
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
"The entire film felt like the cinematic version of Hamburger Helper - too little meat trying to do too much."
Paul Clinton on CNN.com
"Ralph Fiennes' Voldemort may be the greatest screen performance ever delivered without the benefit of a nose; certainly it's a performance of sublime villainy."
Manohla Dargis in The New York Times
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
"Plots so labyrinthine that it takes a Ph.D from Hogwarts to figure them out."
Roger Ebert in The Chicago Sun Times
"Given a choice between this and the navel-gazing of the novel, I'll take the short ride on a fast machine."
Lawrence Toppman in The Charlotte Observer
"Is there an admired British thespian who hasn't toiled in Potter's field?"
Rick Groen in The Toronto Globe and Mail
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
"Generally grim, occasionally startling, and altogether enthralling sixth chapter in a movie franchise that keeps managing to surprise just when one would expect it to be puttering along on auto-broomstick."
Scott Foundas in The Village Voice
"To say that HP6 is light on incident is like saying that the new Transformers film occasionally gets a wee bit noisy. Understatement of the frickin' Quidditch season."
Robbie Collin in The News of the World
"There's something inherently funny about the romantic predicament of Harry and Ron and Hermione. As if it wasn't bad enough having to deal with the Dark Lord and the Death Eaters and all the rest, now they have to square off against... raging hormones."
Peter Rainer in The Christian Science Monitor
THE QUOTABLE HARRY POTTER
A magical manifestation of quotes about the JK Rowling fantasy wizard empire - about the books, the movies, the characters, the actors, Hogwarts, Quidditch, Muggles, and spin-offs from computer games to Lego.
Sample quotations from the book ...
Translating Hogwarts School motto from the Latin - “'Never tickle a sleeping dragon' … probably the wisest advice you will ever hear. It’s good advice … It’s like the magic equivalent of 'Let sleeping dogs lie' "
On Pierce Brosnan 'controversially' smoking a cigar in 'Die Another Day' - "If smoking is going to be a problem, how about random sex, reckless driving, and alcohol abuse (shaken not stirred). Maybe for the next instalment of the 007 role they could hire Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe to play Bond …he isn’t old enough to drink or smoke, he is a virgin and the only reckless driving he does is on his Quidditch stick."
on Buzzle.com (2002)
"Sheldon knows football? Quidditch, yes … but football?"
Howard Wolowicz on The Big Bang Theory (2010)
QUOTES ABOUT HARRY POTTER"Harry is the anointed one, the babe saved from destruction for a high purpose. In swaddling clothes at the beginning, he's attended by three worshipful old wizards standing in for the Magi after he's been rescued from the Lucifer-figure, Voldemort (ie 'flight of death'), a wizard gone to the bad. Harry is the changeling we all thought we were as children, switched from a wonderfully privileged world into a dreary, unappreciative one. He's the brave, ill-treated orphan of Victorian fiction, he's Cinderella, and he's the bespectacled Clark Kent come from another world with secret powers to be used wisely. Better for children unacquainted with the Bible, fairy tales and classical mythology to encounter this lore here than not at all."
in The Observer (2001)
"It is Ms. Rowling’s achievement in this series that she manages to make Harry both a familiar adolescent - coping with the banal frustrations of school and dating - and an epic hero, kin to everyone from the young King Arthur to Spider-Man and Luke Skywalker. This same magpie talent has enabled her to create a narrative that effortlessly mixes up allusions to Homer, Milton, Shakespeare and Kafka, with silly kid jokes about vomit-flavored candies, a narrative that fuses a plethora of genres (from the boarding-school novel to the detective story to the epic quest) into a story that could be Exhibit A in a Joseph Campbell survey of mythic archetypes."
in The New York Times (2007)
"Rowling, an unassuming, divorced mother of a young girl, had never published a book until The Sorcerer's Stone. But in birthing Harry Potter, she unleashed a character who is already sailing up into the pantheon of children's heroes, next to the airborne Peter Pan and the umbrella-ed Mary Poppins ... No, J. K. Rowling is no Roald Dahl. She is an original, who has ingested thoroughly the culture of her youth - the Wizard of Oz and Tales of Narnia, the Star Wars movies and the E. Nesbit Railway Children adventures, the Cinderellas, Aladdins and A Thousand and One other visions - and, like the grown-up Wendy Darling that she is, has created a nursery universe with an innate sense of what a bedtime story should be."
in The Los Angeles Times (1999)
J.K. ROWLING and1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"As a workout for the brain, reading (or being read) Harry Potter is an activity marginally less testing than watching Neighbours … a tedious, clunkily written version of Billy Bunter on broomsticks."
Anthony Holden in The Guardian (2000)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"The battle that occurs in the hidden Chamber of Secrets at the end is quite intense and might be extremely frightening to sensitive (and younger) children. It feels almost as though Stephen King donated a few lethal paragraphs to the book's ending."
Mary B. Stuart on CurledUp.com (2001)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"The first two and a half books are jolly tweens' tales about an orphan with a magical secret. But by the end of the third - when Harry sees himself conjuring a stag Patronus, is strangely convinced that it's his dead father, rushes to meet him and find nothing there – I realised I was reading something a thousand times darker than it's given credit for."
Bidisha in The Guardian (2009)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"J.K. Rowling is not a hopeless writer, but her boundless success is gutting her prose. She needs an editor like the Hulk needs anger management."
John Mark Eberhart in The Melbourne Age (2003)
"Phoenix will not frighten the under-9 crowd, but it will confuse them. The coiled serpent of teen sexuality is not unleashed, although Harry, now 15, has romantic problems and Hermione has to explain girls' behavior to the often dim Ron and Harry. Meanwhile, she can't get a handle on why Quidditch matters. It's almost a teen Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus scenario."
Denise Donahue in USA Today (2003)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"J.K. Rowling has, for the moment, changed book-publishing. She's created a world in which novels - like new cars, grouse, beaujolais nouveau and Star Wars movies - are mass-bought on the first day of availability and in which book-reviews are phoned in at half-time like a sports report. The difficulty is that inflated expectation almost inevitably encourages disappointment and backlash. But the view so far from this household is that, though no writer could justify this hype, Rowling survives it."
Mark Lawson in The Guardian (2000)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"As usual, Rowling's powers are startling, beautiful, original, wholly inimitable. The book bears the mark of genius on every page. Even in her occasional moments of awkwardness, the force of her imagination bears us up. Landscape, in this book, is like that of Charles Dickens's London - brooding, broken, gold-lit, as living a character as any other."
Liz Rosenberg in The Boston Globe (2005)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"All great writers are wizards. Considering the mass Harrysteria of the last few days, who would have been surprised if they had logged on to YouTube at 12.01 a.m. Saturday and seen J.K. Rowling pronounce a curse - 'Mutatio libri!' - that would magically change the final pages of her book and foil the overeager reviewers and Web spoilsports who revealed its surprise ending?"
Elizabeth Hand in The Washington Post (2007)