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Published at: July 24, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Let’s look back at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone for you non-American readers). You gotta give Chris Columbus a lot of credit for that franchise. His entries aren’t my favorites of the series, but there’s no question he set the tone with the way he visualized JK Rowling’s universe and then there’s his superb casting. He found the perfect three kids for the leads and populated the adult cast with some of the best character actors working.

Two of them are in the below picture, the late Richard Harris as Dumbledor and Dame Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall. I’m particularly a fan of Maggie Smith’s and wish she had a little bit more to do in the films, but what little time she has she milks.

Thanks once again to Pat Barnett. Click to enlargen.

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Tomorrow’s pic unleashes hell.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • July 24, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    part 3 still the best

    by Stifler's Mom

    haven't seen the first one since the movies

  • July 24, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    such a perfectly cast film.

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • July 24, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Yeah 3 is the best

    by disfigurehead

    4 is just fucking horrible.

  • July 24, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I genuinely don't like any of the movies on their own...

    by dderidex

    ...but my GODS they did such an amazing job casting them and building a rich setting for them, that I honestly don't mind watching any of them if I catch them on the TV. Very, very well realized universe.

  • July 24, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    A RICHARD HARRIS STORY

    by LT Weezie

    Many years ago, Richard Harris was touring with the stage play CAMELOT. One of the stops was in Dayton, Ohio, where I lived at the time. The hotel all the tour group resided at during their one-week stay in the birthplace of Aviation shared a parking lot with the company I worked for. This was bordered by the company park, Old River. The rumor was that Mr. Harris liked to walk and/or jog frequently at night. I was on third shift at the time (midnight to 8:30 AM). One of my colleagues came back from lunch reporting that "some guy" was jogging up and down the perimeter of the parking lot and he almost struck him with his vehicle. He also said that the "guy" was very upset about the incident, and let lose a tyrade at my co-worker with a British accent. I didn't think anything of it until sortly thereafter when I went out to get something to eat. I saw the person in question, and was carefully maneuvering around him. Imagine my shock when I was able to get a good look..no mistaking, it was Richard Harris. I must have had an incredulous look on my face. He casually waved and I waved back...then he continued down the path toward the hotel..so I guess that was what the "king was doing tonight!"

  • July 24, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    My favourite is Chamber Of Secrets

    by theyreflockingthisway

    Doesn't seem to get as much love as I'd thought, though.

  • July 24, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Since Americans Don't know what a philosopher is....

    by Fart Magnus

    I always thought film no. 2 should have been renamed, Harry Potter and The Room of Things We Should Not Talk About. It's PHILOSOPHER'S Stone, you ignorant, illiterate dickheads.

  • July 24, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of a Prison

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 24, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Cup of Flame

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 24, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Fire Bird

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 24, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Man who is like half a wizard or something?

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 24, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter and the Whore Cruches or whatever something (Part 1 and 2)

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 24, 2012, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Double coverage! They must've had money to burn!

    by Doctor Bumhole

    Also, tomorrow's pic is either Gladiator, or that home movie i made of me slaughtering homeless women.

  • And just had the pleasure of introducing the first 4 to my 7 year old. The first will always be special to me for providing some much needed magic post 9-11. Funny. I came away let down with Azkaban originally. Big design shift, but mostly due to the absence of the late Richard Harris. No disrespect to Mr. Gambon as I've turned a corner where that film is concerned. I love them all really, but Deathly Hallows pt.2. Wow. Perfect.

  • July 24, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST

    never saw these because im a 30 year old man

    by LapdogOfSatan

    I thought everybody knew this was a website for geeks(film and other kinds)? Now everybody knows you're cool and get laid all the time because you never saw Harry Potter. You've also never seen a SHIFT key. That's how you make big letters and punctuation.

  • July 24, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Interesting progression of the series.

    by Christian Sylvain

    The first film captured the fantastical nature of the novel with a sense of fun. Chamber of Secrets had more or less the same as the original but with more cheese. Prisoner of Azkaban redesigned the series and gave it an air of maturity. Goblet of Fire brought brought forth the epic spectacle and the over the top nature that comes with it. Order of the Phoenix attempted a more personal tone, but lacked the development to give it weight. Half-Blood Prince tackled a melodramatic romance plot with a strong underlying sense of despair. Deathly Hallows reveled in equal parts bleakness and adventure, ultimately becoming the most engaging. Not a flawless franchise, but pretty good for the entertaining set of films that they're supposed to be.

  • July 24, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Since your average Eurotrash can't come up with a decent title....

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    ....we went ahead and tweaked that "Philosopher's Stone" twaddle for you guys into something that might a.) make more sense to anyone who bothered to think about it and b.) not put the audience to sleep in the line at the box office. You're welcome.

  • July 24, 2012, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Richard Harris and Maggie Smith=Awesomeness...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...Harry Potter? Just OK.

  • July 24, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Gambon

    by Robbiemc9

    Gambon shat on Harris. Harris was too geriatric for the character. Gambon captured the characters twinkly cheekiness as it is written in the book. Harris wheezed and hobbled through the two first movies. Never got people's love for Harris.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    It was funny that they had to change the title for the US

    by Ray Gamma

    It sort of goes hand-in-hand with the whole knee-jerk religious pitchfork-waving that happened when they realised their kids were watching a film about magicians. 60% of Americans can't point to America on a globe, you know. Hahahahaha. And it's "couldn't care less". You dull fuckwits.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Hilarious they dumbed the title down for America

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 24, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Great looking movies, awesome cast, hollow story.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Never got what the kids got all excited about.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    @lt weezie Great anecdote/brush with greatness.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • July 24, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    theypeedonyourfuckingrug

    by kwisatzhaderach

    You just nicely summed up why most of the world laughs at America.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    The Potter fandom sure is one that dried up overnight.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • July 24, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST

    I'm in my 30s and I've seen most of them (except the last 2)

    by photoboy

    I resisted for ages, not wanting to jump on the bandwagon, but I eventually gave in because I just couldn't find anything else to watch, and I'm glad I did. Personally I liked the first one the best. The whole evil aunt and uncle forcing the adopted kid to live under the stairs while giving their own son everything was like something Roald Dahl would have written. It really endeared me to the film early on. The other thing I liked best about the first was the newness of everything. It introduced so many new things (Hogwarts, Quidditch matches, all the main characters, etc) that it just felt much fresher than the others. I thought it had the best atmosphere too. I want to re-watch 'em all before I see the final two, I just need to find the time to get around to it...

  • July 24, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Americans!!!

    by CoolerKing72

    They had to re-name the 007 film from 'Licence Revoked' to 'Licence To Kill' because most of the American public didnt know what 'Revoked' meant..Thick cunts.

  • July 24, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    American renaming...

    by jpdisco

    The Madness of King George. Need we say more.

  • July 24, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST

    It has nothing to do with being "illiterate", you pretentious twats

    by Mugato5150

    The word simply has a different meaning in the States. It's as simple as that.

  • July 24, 2012, 5:08 a.m. CST

    The Child Actors

    by spiritdave

    In this film were wooden as hell when they first started, and they are STILL wooden as hell. Sorry, but even in later movies it sounded like Ron Weasley especially was reading from cue cards. The best one was the girl... damn, I don't even remember their names they are so forgettable. Sorry, but I hugely disagree with the statement about how he found the 'perfect three'.

  • July 24, 2012, 5:22 a.m. CST

    That's your Mum and Dad, that is.

    by jellypop

  • AMERICA...FUCK YEAH!!!!

  • July 24, 2012, 5:33 a.m. CST

    I like the 2nd Dumbledor better

    by thepoohguy

    Seeing the other movies makes me realize that Harris would never have been able to pull them off. He was simply too old.

  • July 24, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    who the fuck is Dumbledor I must have missed something.

    by Eric

  • July 24, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    dumbledore literally did this shit on his deathbed

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • July 24, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    mugato5150

    by mossad77

    If you are going to be so rude and obnoxious you should at least know what you are talking about. Of course the word philosopher means the same thing in the US as in the UK! If you went to a university lecture here in the UK on philosophy, do you think that you would be learning alchemy, hmmmmm?!?!?! They thought that people wouldn't know about the mythical Philosophers Stone. I didn't. That didn't mean the title confused me. The publishers in America (or whomsoever made the decision) were simply making stupid assumptions about the American public.

  • Potter, while having a pretentious Cow of a writer who obviously `invented` wizards and magic etc, was a pretty remarkable triumph of movies. People always go on about the weak 3rd movie of a trilogy (apparently the latest batman has some of you riled) and yet Potter managed 8 movies and aside from the rather weak 1st movie because of it`s very young cast it`s impressive that they were as good as they were. And they are. Still very enjoyable. I`m sure you`d all happily trade them in for Percy Jackson or Clash of the Titans but personally I can recognise some decent film-making when I see it rather than an effects showreel. Story counts and at least the Potter movies had one. By the way who`s this Gandalf.... aren`t I clever.

  • Apart from a week ending, good movie. We need a modern Peter Ustinov. Not possible I know, he was so unique.

  • July 24, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST

    I love the eurotrash who hate on Americans...

    by Bullet_time_Facehugger

    ...Even though this series would never exist as real, honest-to-god movies without American Money, since, ya know, Warner Bros produced and fully financed these things. Without the WB behind them, they likely would've never been more than one shitty miniseries on the BBC with sets made of cardboard, and Monarch of the Glen cast members.

  • July 24, 2012, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Gambon was awful

    by gooseud

    because he never read the books. The reason Rickman was so good was because he had read the books and even gone to Rowling to know what the end game was, and how to play the character. Gambon didnt give a shit, thus resulting in his tonally awful performance. Between playing Dumbledore like a spazzy loud sweaty nervous methhead at the end of a 3 day bender in #4, or ruining what is one of the signature scenes of the series at the end of book 5 in his duel with Voldemort. Heres the thing: Dumbledore had the elder wand. He couldnt have lost to Voldemort. It was literally impossible. However, Dumbledore ALSO knew that beating Voldemort in THAT way would be meaningless. Regardless, he should have walked into that duel like Clint Eastwood ready to kick some ass. Instead, Gambon plays him like a nervous nelly barely holding his own. MAybe it would have heloed to actually, ya know, CRACK A PAGE on the source material to know your character's motivations. Just a thought.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    It was the American publishers that changed the first's title...

    by Gabba-UK

    Therefore continuing a long standing tradition in the upper echelons of American intellectual society, that hold the view that the rest of their countrymen are thick as pig-shit and need to be treated like four year olds and are incapable of using a dictionary. Which has never been the case in all the times I've met Americans. They've always been pretty switched on people and more than willing to learn something if they don't know it already. The same as everyone else in fact.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Unnecessery American animosity

    by Darius Doherty

    Its hilarious listening to you get so overwrought about the meaning of the word philospher. This is only Harry Potter you're discussing. It's ok, we understand you aren't big fans of reading. Thats why WB make childrens books in to movies so that its easier for the average American adult to follow. And please before you start accusing me of being a 'Eurotrash faggot' or offering me out for a fight over the internet remember the language is English, not American. If the meaning of a word has been lost in translation that can hardly be considered our fault. Usually I have a lot of love for my American cousins but there do seem to be quite a few wankers (a good old English insult for you) on this TB.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Its not that Americans don't know what a philospher is

    by MrD

    Its that they do, and the MARKETING people figured Americans wouldn't be too interested in seeing a film about an academic's rock. The problem is they didn't know what the philospher's stone is, because we stopped teaching alchemy a long time ago. Besides, the alliterative title has more zing.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    @ bullet_time

    by Darius Doherty

    Also whilst you may deride us for Colin Farrell (yeah he's pretty poor) you only have to look at Batman, Superman & Spiderman to see whos playing the all-American heroes these days.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Just for the record Gambon and Harris are both Irish ;)

    by PaddyIrishman

  • July 24, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Here's an example

    by KGersen

    Tolkien will be spoken about in 100 years time. Harry Potter and the derivative tripe it consitutes of will not. Take one part Ursula Le Guin's million times more powerful Wizard of Earthsea series mix with one part St Trinians and one part Famous Five, and voila = you have Harry Potter. Never managed to watch any of the movies in full past the first one and that's because I was stupid enough to buy a ticket for that. Dire and I wish someone had kicked the shit out of Harry at school on a regular basis.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Harris

    by Darius Doherty

    I once saw Richard Harris in the bar at the Savoy. It wasn't until later that i found out he'd taken up residence and had been living there for a good 10 years. He was of course pissed at the time but seemed a genuinely nice guy (although I must admit I didn't introduce myself). Shame he was such a wasted talent in later years but at least he never stoppped enjoying himself.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    My favourite Gambon story

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The guy is known for messing around in interviews, and even just making shit up to wind up reporters. He once, when asked about his sexuality, said he had been gay, but he gave it up as it made his eyes water. Gotta love the boozy, old soak!

  • July 24, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Im a 31 yr old man whos seen them all

    by 2bitkubrick

    Deathy Hallows Pt 1 is my fav. Its so different from the other films, it feels like a slow burn, a road trip movie, and it gives dan rad a chance to really act for a change. Side note -- HP fans, do yourself a favor and read "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman. I just finished it, OMG, one of the coolest things I've ever read. Its HP for adults.

  • July 24, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Kgersen, in 100 yrs ...

    by 2bitkubrick

    we will still be talking about HP. And Tolkien. And Star Trek. And Star Wars. IMHO

  • July 24, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Part 3

    by Corman

    I stopped watching after the fourth one, but out of those, I thought part 3 was by far the best (and the only one I genuinely enjoyed watching).

  • July 24, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    2bitkubrick

    by KGersen

    Respect your opinion and I agree with you on 3 of them but I can't on HP. Or it will be just another childrens / teens series. I feel it really isn't inspiring or unique enough that people will reference it in 100 years time.

  • July 24, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    kgersen, you are incorrect

    by seagrass

    I'll bet you a million bucks that you are wrong. Of course, we'll both be dead well before then, so I guess my great-grandkids will have to collect from yours. Of course, in 100 years a million bucks probably won't be worth what it is now, but still... Bitch better have my money.

  • July 24, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    seagrass

    by KGersen

    hehe, yeah I don't think a million bucks in a 100 years will be worth much at all. But you never know, if they manage to sort out uploading our consciousnesses any time soon, we may be around to debate it further in 2112.

  • July 24, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Deathly Hallows 1 and 2

    by spire_walk

    They feel like very different movies from the others, and are probably my favorite aside from Part 3.

  • July 24, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The books...

    by Terence James

    Are way too long after the third one. Rowling was allowed too much freedom to pursue daft storylines. The movies actually keep the narrative on track. In my opinion, of course. Regardless of what you think of them, and their name changes in America, they got a generation of kids interested in reading so that can't be all bad.

  • I'm American, and "philosopher" sounds like some bookish university professor to us. "Sorceror" sounds like Merlin or Gandalf, which sounds much more exciting. And the alliteration DOES sound better. "Chips" to Americans are what Brits call "crisps". "French fries" to Americans are what Brits call "chips". Not wrong or right. Just different.

  • July 24, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    To the rude Brits, not the friendly ones

    by dukeroberts

    To those Brits that think we Americans are ignorant clods: We earned the right to speak differently from you and to change your stuff when it reaches our shores when we kicked your butts out of our country 200+ years ago. To the friendly Brits who aren't being douchebags: You are our greatest ally and greatest foreign friend. I bear you no ill will or animosity and do not hold against you the words or actions of your other brethren.

  • Doesn't matter that "Sorcerer's Stone" sounds more exciting to some halfwit Marketing rep at Scholastic, it still makes us yanks sound like a bunch of rubes!

  • July 24, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Not about Philosophers

    by melchior42

    All the objection stemming from the use of the word philosopher. But everyone who objects seems to have no idea of what the word actually means. I keep seeing the argument: The word is used differently between the UK and the US, and I guarantee it is not. It is the same word, meaning the same thing, but that is irrelevant to the title. The Philosopher's Stone is a particular concept stepped in history and legend, and because our educational system failed to alert us to this fact does not require the rest of the world to market themselves to our level. And instead of fighting so hard to object to philosophy or philosophers, pretend for an instant to understand the word: Literally, a love of knowledge. The world perception being: Americans cannot stand the idea that someone might love knowledge? As an American I have no doubt. The whole concept reduced to a stereotype of the 'bookish professor' to belittle. Anyone consider knowledge something to aspire to?

  • July 24, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    kwisassisabitch ...

    by DrMorbius

    Way to show your true colors you fuckin limey cunt! Better hurry along now, don't want to be late for your daily shift of suckling the necks dessicated nutsack! Afterwards you can go outside and play in the rain. Twat!

  • LIKE OMIHOD ALFONSO CUARON MADE IT OF COURSE ITS THE BEST LULULULULUZ No, it's not. Not by a long shot. In fact, it's one of the worst. Just the start of it, where Harry is blatantly practicing magic - and then 5 minutes later where he's telling Cornilius Fudge "I'm not allowed to do magic"...I've never seen a film contradict itself so fast. Then you've got slapstick comedy like Dudley's eyes crossing as he gets his in the head with a button...multiple times. Or Neville Longbottom being attacked by a book, and doing the CLASSIC "i'm ok!" following by being attacked yet again. Comedy so immature you'd expect it to be in a Disney TV show. The idiocy continues with some of the worst one-liners since Mr Freeze during the Knight Bus scene (the shrunken head who doesn't know how to properly count backwards). And don't forget the absolute WORST werewolf design in the history of dog people. And one cowboy yell while riding Buckbeak is bad enough, BUT TWO OF THEM? Good god man...watch your stupid movie so you don't repeat the same cliches. Also, "that was wicked, Harry!" being recycled from the first film? LOL then and LOL now. And I like when Wormtail gets transformed from Scabbers...he holds that stump right up to the camera (how natural!) to make absolutely sure you know who he is. Thanks for thinking I'm stupid! The movie tried to be adult while trying to be for 3 years old at the same time. It's a disaster...but it's Alfonso Cuaron, and everyone has to get on his dick, so that's why you idiots think it's the best.

  • July 24, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    works both ways

    by electraglide

    Didn't the UK get Avengers Assemble as Brits are apparently too thick to realise a poster made up of the Hulk, Iron Man and a useless big lipped bird isn't a movie based on the adventures of john steed?

  • July 24, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    live free and die hard

    by electraglide

    We were also not trusted to pick up on the subtlety of this title either...

  • July 24, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    tomorrows BTSPOTD: ROMA VICTOR!!!

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • ...nationalism is outdated. Unless we're paying their salaries, the average person of intelligence, from outside the country, probably does resent (maybe even hate) America. And, well within reason. Some of them find solace in riling up the oversensitive mass of Americans until we debase ourselves with ignorant, violent speech or just plain violence. We play into the hands of our detractors by acting in such ways. Good Americans, please refrain from engaging in such behavior. Restraint is truly the only weapon when it comes to these sorts of petty provocations. That said, to all the Brits talking shit, even your beloved Christopher Nolan recently referred to cinema as "one of the great American art forms." If we are so stupid for watching movies, and not reading enough British literature, perhaps your time would be better served elsewhere. This is of course, an American movie web-site.

  • Here is my list of the moment: 1. Azkaban 2. Goblet 3. Chamber 4. Stone 5. Hallows 1 6. Hallows 2 7. Prince 8. Phoenix I reserve the right to change the order at any time. The first two entries will not change. At least the Columbus ones had a sense of fun, rather than just being kind of dreary and awkward like the Yates ones. The Yates movies ignored so many of the most enjoyable aspects of the books. That said, I still enjoyed them all just because the stories were so good.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    "License Revoked" sounds like forgot to pay a bunch of parking tickets

    by Crimson Dynamo

    And I knew what the "Philosopher's Stone" was from reading...wait for it...Flash comics when I was a kid. So there, you limey cocksuckers

  • Harris as Dumbledore puttering by just yells in his very proper British accent "Go, Chris!" which was just a bizarre thing to have probably seen. Got that story from Mhor Stories podcast.

  • Yeah, Harris is wizardly and wise and all but I just love Gambon's take on the character. He's still smart as hell but there's this brooding, somewhat irritable quality to him. But, mostly, I do buy that the man is capable of just unleashing hell. With magic!

  • Then you wouldn’t have to watch a movie at all. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  • July 24, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Curon was also almost responsible for the films ending there

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The kids experience working for him was so hard (Im not saying he was bad to them, but he didnt know how to work with young teenagers). The kids, especially Emma Watson took ages signing for a new contract during number 3. I guess a bucket load of cash is what it took in the end. All three of them are filthy rich after them. It might be the most stylish of them, but the Producers were never, ever bringing Curon back for another one. I like the films, but they're not a patch on the books. I've still not forgiven them for having the final battle between Harry and Voldemort just between themselves, and not in the Great Hall watched by everyone).

  • July 24, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    McGonagall

    by drave117

    Am I the only one who pictured her as much younger when reading the books? I mean, not super young, but like in her forties, maybe? Checking the HP wiki, I see that she was supposed to have been born in 1935, so I guess my impression was wrong, but I don't remember the books saying much about her age. I think all of the movies are pretty great, but Goblet of Fire is definitely the worst due to the terrible pacing in the first act, and the pointlessly bloated version of the first task. If they had filmed the dragon scene as written instead of Hollywood-ing it up, and used that extra time to flesh out the first half hour of the movie, it could have been one of the best. Pretty much everything from the underwater task onward is fantastic, and the graveyard finale is note for note perfect, and EXACTLY how I imagined in.

  • July 24, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Ok then...is it a "boot" or a "trunk"

    by Darth Macchio

    And which of us is illiterate? Americans think of Philosophers as Plato and Sorcerers as Merlin. Brits think of Philohospher's more as 'alchemist'. magicks, etc, and where the whole philosopher's stone comes from (the idea of using "alchemy" to turn something, iron, etc, anything, into gold, etc). A very big deal to very early European scientists. Now, I'm no obsessive student of history and may even have the above info wrong or inaccurate but what we're really talking about is word use and semantics, yes? Surely, we can determine that either the Enligh "boot" or the American "trunk" (to describe the storage area in a vehicle) came first but would that then be the "winner"? I mean shit - we Americans still use that idiotic "English" system of measurement from those old British monarchs (the US is the only country left on the planet to still use that English system of measurement I believe) - literally, the distance from the King's thumb knuckle to the tip of his fingernail = 1 inch. The length of the King's foot = 1 ft (read = complete and utter ass of an idea) A new king with bigger feet than the last and smaller hands? No worries! We'll just redo the entire system of measurement! It's genius! See? So yeah. Thanks for that. Do you pronounce the "u" in your spelling of 'armoUr'? 'ColoUr'? And why the different accents on words like "schedule" or "aluminium"? Who's right? Americans or Brits? We have to have a winner or the universe will explode with discontent. The stars are literally...literally....hanging on our every move here folks.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Chamber Potter and the Sorceror's Bone.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    There, now THAT would've sold some books.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Boot

    by Robbiemc9

    It's a BOOT. And your fanny is your CUNT not your arse. Well at least in Australia. I don't buy into who's country is smarter crap but the Australian papers are reporting today that gun purchases have dramatically spiked since the shooting last week. So your all out buying guns so that you can shoot other people who have bought guns because you both own guns? So like everyone sitting in an American cinema will be carrying a gun to shoot each other the moment someone reaches into their bag to pull out - oh I don't know - their iPhone? hairbrush? I love Americans but your gun love boggles the mind and is just outright STUPID!!!

  • July 24, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    In fairness, robbiemc

    by frank

    You really shouldn’t be taking your phone out during a movie.

  • July 24, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    If you're a 30 year old man

    by Bramton1

    Then you were 15 when the first book was published. I'd say you're the perfect age.

  • This talkback seems to prove his point.

  • July 24, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    As I recall, the title for License Revoked was changed because...

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    ...the US marketing people discovered that Americans closely associated that particular phrase with having one's driver's license taken away, which wasn't a tough enough image for a James Bond film so they changed it to License to Kill.

  • July 25, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    lets reboot this shit

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    i want to see benicio del torro at the helm and dwayne johnson as snape.

  • Instead of Snape being killed by Voldy he just ROCK BOTTOM's him, flexes, people's elbow, series over. In one movie. First 10 minutes. The rest of it is just RockSnape rolling deep in wizard bitches.

  • July 25, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Let's see how these films hold up in 30, 40 years

    by Ricardo

    Do you think audiences in 2045 will have the patience to go trhough ALL of those films? Yeah I didn't think so.

  • July 25, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    If you're a 30 year old man...

    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver

    ...and interested in this shit, I'd say it's time to move out of Mom's.

  • July 25, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    The Chamberpot of Secretions

    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver