With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II opening in Australian cinemas at Event Cinemas George Street at midnight tonight, and continuing with sessions throughout the night, I sure don't regret my decision to leave that job. There will be Potter mayhem. This is not to say that I'm not a Potter fan myself. I will be seeing the film on Thursday morning, and though I would have liked to have had a marathon where I re-watched all of the films, I have left my run a little bit late. I have decided to hold a competition to honour the closure of the franchise that dominated the blockbuster season for the last decade.
Unfortunately, this competition doesn't stretch to readers/bloggers beyond the borders of Australia (but, please, feel free to leave an answer all the same), but if you'd like to enter the competition to win a $30 JB Hi-Fi voucher (which I will personally send to an address you provide), give me your answer to the following question (after the jump) either in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. I will draw the winner on Friday evening at 6pm.
What is your favourite film in the Harry Potter film franchise, or, if you haven't seen any of the films, what is your favourite of the novels, and why?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
My personal favourite is Azkaban, directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Not only was this one of the best books in the series (The Goblet of Fire and The Deathly Hallows being the two other standouts) this adaptation also looks much different to the Chris Columbus instalments. It is darker and grittier, more emotionally involving, and has a maturity that the earlier films did not adopt. It can also stand alone as a great film, a film to turn to when you feel like a quality fantasy adventure, and one that doesn't require prior knowledge about J.K Rowling's world and her characters.
Thank you in advance for your responses. I am looking forward to reading them. Best of luck!