50 Things We Learned From Harry Potter

Life lessons from the boy wizard

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    • Jok23r

      Dec 2nd 2011, 13:03

      Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone came out in the UK before Fellowship of the Ring, and Chamber of Secrets came out before Two Towers, so I was only ever waiting for the Potter franchise, although I actually can't wait for The Hobbit movies.

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    • timbatman

      Dec 2nd 2011, 13:08

      Michael Gambon is NOT a better Dumbledore than Richard Harris - Michael Gambon's accent kept changing in his appearances, which was annoying and thoroughly distracting.

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    • barryc

      Dec 2nd 2011, 14:55

      Great list Total Film but in my opinion you got the Dumbledore one completely WRONG!!!!!! Gambon's obviously a great actor but in an interview he even admitted that he never even read the books, he just based the character off the scripts that he read. How can you portray an accurate Dumbledore without havin read a single Harry Potter book??? Classic example: Book Dumbledore: "Harry, did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire?" Dumbledore said calmly. Movie Dumbledore: "DID JOO PUTYER NAME INA GOBLETA FIYA!!!!???" (while shaking Harry by his shoulders and yelling in his face). I mean, what??? Dumbledore never yells an shakes Harry! So out of character Harris's Dumbledore had the cool collective charm, the wisdom and a mysterious twinkle in his eye like a wise old grandfather who knew more than he was letting on, his presence suggested that everything was gonna be alright,,, unlike Gambons Dumbledore who seemed to be all over the place!!!!! Harris was the real Dumbledore f for me,,

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    • MattMaytum

      Dec 2nd 2011, 15:36

      I've always held the unpopular opinion that Gambon was the better Dumbledore. I'm glad I'm not alone.

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    • FBMHall

      Dec 2nd 2011, 17:54

      I have to protest with number 4! Gambon is a great actor, I cannot deny that, but as Dumbledore, he just doesn't fit! He's just a grumpy old man with a bad temper and overreacts. To give an example in film 4 when Harry's name comes out of the goblet of fire Dumbledore is concerned and worried fr Harry but Gambon freaks out and practically throws Harry into a cabinet.

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    • MormonMovieGuy

      Dec 2nd 2011, 18:37

      #37- Harry often doesn't realize when he's speaking, or being spoken to, in Parseltongue ("snake speak") hence there were no warning bells with the old lady. Otherwise, great list. I agree on Gambon. True, he was too harsh in Goblet of Fire, but he was perfect in every other film.

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    • FBMKudrya

      Dec 2nd 2011, 21:01

      thanks for the list. I can't say that Gambon plays Dumbledore better than Richard Harris, but reading the latest books I just can not imagine Harris playing this part, so different was his Dumbledore. Gambon, on the other hand, is more fitting

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    • FBALourim

      Dec 2nd 2011, 23:49

      um NO book readers like me were THRILLED that deathly hallows was going to be in two parts because then we knew more of the story line was going to be covered. we loved it and were thrilled!

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    • chanp

      Dec 3rd 2011, 14:03

      #30 That's a scary a*s picture of Molly Weasley

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 4th 2011, 11:43

      I learnt that adults reading childrens books in public is somewhat creepy. You wouldn't expect 8yr olds to pick up a Chuck Palahniuk novel..

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    • megrosematelski

      Dec 4th 2011, 22:45

      I totally agree that Michael Gambon is a better Dumbledore. I think he captured the perfect cross between who Dumbledore used to be, and who he became.

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    • FBHWarner

      Dec 4th 2011, 22:45

      ...but Draco didn't give Katie Bell the necklace, Rosmerta did, under Draco's Imperius curse. Or have I got that wrong?

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    • FBICampos

      Dec 4th 2011, 23:09

      GAMBON IS NOT A BETTER DUMBLEDORE...

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    • FBSRobles

      Dec 4th 2011, 23:10

      To people who are discussing the fact of Dumbledore shaking Harry in GoF, the actors do NOT choose what they will do and what expressions will they have to do. The ones who decide on that are the directors. So if you want to blame someone for Gambon shaking Harry, blame Mike Newell. Although he did a great job with GoF.

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    • FBKMilligan

      Dec 4th 2011, 23:43

      It is obvious that Harris could not have played Dumbledore in the later films had he still been alive, but this does not make Gambon better. He was nothing like Dumbledore, barely showing a hint of the man Rowling created even once or twice. It is very clear that he never read the books because he completely destroyed who Dumbledore was as a character, continueing to change him in each film because he had no idea who the character actually was. Also more importantly( as it is not an opinion in the slightest), Draco Malfoy did NOT give Katie Bell the necklace in the bathroom of the Three Broomsticks. Madam Rosmerta was under Draco's imperius curse at the time and she was the one that actually gave it to Katie. When Harry tells McGonogal later that he knew it was Draco, she tells Harry that Draco was in detention all day and could not possibly have been in Hogsmeade.

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    • StevePotter

      Dec 5th 2011, 0:58

      @FBSRobles HIGHLY debatable about how good a job Newell did with Goblet of Fire. To me that was the low point of the series (it doesn't help that Goblet of Fire is my favorite of the books)

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    • Ravenrising

      Dec 5th 2011, 3:33

      I disagree with 23 in some ways. To say that keeping a child primarily in a cupboard for the first ten years of its life is only thoughtless or cruel is an understatement. That's more child abuse. In no way are we shown that Petunia took Harry in out of any kind of kindness on her part. Her reasons were pretty selfish and she was forced into it. The only time she shows ever really "being there" for Harry is in Deathly Hallows when she pauses as if she wants to say goodbye and doesn't.

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    • FBAHarris44

      Dec 5th 2011, 8:05

      Michael Gambon was NOT a better Dumbledore than Richard Harris- richard harris was far more calm and understanding just as dumbledore should be! film 6 would hav been so much better is richard harris was still alive to play him!

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    • FBAMir

      Dec 5th 2011, 9:30

      One thing I cannot agree on. Richard Harris was the Dumbledore I imagined while reading the books and I could never link Michael Gambon with Dumbledore of the books ...

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      Dec 6th 2011, 7:03

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      Dec 6th 2011, 7:05

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    • FBDSmith

      Dec 6th 2011, 15:08

      I unlike so many on here, feel as though Gambon did an excellent job at the role of Dumbledore. Sure Harris had the calm and cool feel that Dumbledore had, but he was old and frail. There was no way possible he could have pulled off any of the other movies if he would not have passed. Gambon, yes may have been a little bit more "spit-fire" but essentially that was what he was instructed to do. He was able to be a kind and gentle man at certain points with that twinkle in his eye just like for example when Harry was at King's Cross Station in his head in the last film. Gambon portrayed his most brilliant Dumbledore in that scene I believe. He also was able to add in comedy very well I thought. For example when he and Harry went to find Slughorn and Gambon asked if he could have the magazine because he loved knitting patterns! But he did what Harris would not have been able to do. He was able to put in amazing action scenes throughout the movies just like the scene where he fought Voldemort in The Ministry or on the island in the lake in the cavern. Those were absolutely two of my favorite scenes throughout the movies and not one person could have put the intensity in them like Gambon did. He in my books was the utmost best person that could be picked to replace Harris in the film series.

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    • FBJGabrielli

      Dec 7th 2011, 13:27

      This is really great! It deepens my appreciation for the series even more. A while back, I was inspired to write a similar piece. Enjoy! http://www.goforchange.com/2009/07/15/8-lessons-from-harry-potter-on-the-law-of-wisdom/

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 8th 2011, 12:42

      I learnt that ripping off Presto from the Dungeon & Dragons cartoon and the Worst Witch novels can make you a bundle

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    • FBMBoon

      Dec 8th 2011, 18:54

      Apart from learning that jealousy (see Hadouken76's post) is a very sad thing, I also learnt you should never allow a Hollywood hack screenwriter anywhere near a uniquely British set of novels.....particularly one with creepy obsession towards a young female character.

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    • FBBBingham

      Dec 9th 2011, 11:41

      Gambon is the better Dumbledore, harris's gravelly voice didnt do it for me

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    • FBMStrange

      Dec 12th 2011, 1:46

      I grew to like some of the things Gambon brought to the role, but Who ever wrote this under estimates the power of Richard Harris as a Shakespearean actor.

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    • filmster42

      Dec 21st 2011, 7:12

      Richard Harris was a much better Dumbledore than Gambon!!! Did you see Gambon's acting in the Goblet of Fire? He about strangled poor Harry. Besides, Dumbledore didn't grow into his eccentricities until the later books anyway, so Harris might have surprised you. Whoever made this call lost it completely.

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    • Obsessed234561

      Oct 11th 2013, 14:14

      Draco didn't give Katie the necklace rosemerta did under dracos imperious curse and draco wasn't totally evil so snape isn't the only exception. He grew up with those beliefs and when he realised how wrong it was he didn't want in the only reason he did anything wrong is because he cares about his family the malfoys may be evil but family is important to them. Yeah and a lot of the info is wrong.

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