Global Mod Team
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Congleton - The centre of
The first book was OK, but they rapidly improved, and the series as a whole is perfectly readable. Rowling writes excellent characters that make you care about them, and that goes a long way to making up for her other deficiencies. Having read the books merely because I needed something to read, I was rather surprised when I got to the end of the last one to realise I did have an emotional response to it being the end.
The first film on the other hand was absolutely terrible. They picked out a cast based on kids who looked right, and not one of them had an ounce of acting talent, or comfort in front of the camera.
But they clearly recognised this, and must have invested in a hell of a lot of classes between that and the second - the films improved even more quickly than the books. They're still not anything special though, whereas the books - taken for what they are - do have something.
Or, the shorter version, Other.
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