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a question by Apr 20, 2011
Do you think that the Harry Potter films have lived up to the books or not? What do you think worked on screen and what should have stayed off the screen?
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answered:    May 10, 2011
They did, in the same sense that David Lean's version of Great Expectations (a great movie, in my view) lived up to the drama and characters of Dickens' book (one of his best, and greater than the movie). But anyone who may think watching the movie is the same emotional experience as reading the book is short-changing themselves. The Potter books are so rich and evocative that I remain mystified at how well done the seven movies are. But, in my view, the books need to be read first, but at least read. Seeing one of the movies and not reading the book is a little like limiting oneself to a small bite of a Snickers. Read the book and enjoy the whole bar. I don't have an answer for the second question.
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May 10, 2011
That's pretty much how I feel. I know a lot of people who prefer to see the film before reading the book because they usually find the film disappointing if they have read the book first and thus have preconceptions of what the film should be. I've always been the opposite since I find that reading the book first makes the book more unpredictable and emotionally engaging, but also reading the book first usually clues you into certain elements of the film that may or may not be explained to viewers in detail.
 
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