Harry Potter Film Series
#1 - The Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone
Join Chris and Chelsey as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Harry Potter and The *Philosopher's* Stone, the 2001 fantasy film that started it all.
Some consider this series to be the new millennium's Star Wars, in terms of cultural impact, but does this first installment hold up? There certainly are many child actors - which didn't go well for Star Wars...
We discuss the stone that is the title, deciding whether this first adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione was even worth taking.
And that third act certainly begs for a breakdown.
We begin our first, of many, stays at the *EXPLETIVE* Dursleys. Please help us bear through these oafs.
9:55 - Act I
36:34 - Trivia
40:28 - Act II
54:57 - Different Takes
1:03:28 - Act III
1:17:39 - Ratings/Final Thoughts
Let us know how you feel about this initial outing with The Boy Who Lived.
#2 - The Chamber of Secrets
Join Chelsey & Chris as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, the 2002 fantasy movie sequel again directed by Chris Columbus.
Harry, Ron and Hermione are back...but are they boring?
Is this follow-up to the magical original up to the task of not being just a repeat of what worked before?
Most say the next installment is the 'dark' chapter - but this entry is a much more mature film that deserves dissection.
Things get interesting when we get to the 3rd act, also known as contrivance city, where the film tries to divide us.
And we begin our on-going debate of 'why NOT Harry and Hermione'?
Help us, once again, bear through the Dursleys - and now, the *EXPLETIVE* Malfoys.
11:03 - Act I
30:47 - Trivia
34:50 - Act II
47:46 - Different Takes
55:16 - Act III
1:18:46 - Ratings/Final Thoughts
Let us know how you felt about this 2nd Hogwarts film, scar-heads!
#3 - The Prisoner of Azkaban
Join Chris and Chelsey as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, the 2004 fantasy movie sequel directed by future Oscar-winner, Alfonso Cuaron.
Harry, Ron and Hermione are back at Hogwarts again! This time they bring new, and darker, elements to the franchise - including a brand new Dumbledore!
Many consider this to the pinnacle of the series. How does it hold up for us?
Bear through Chris' wish of a very special relationship in the place of the Ron/Hermione pairing we start to get here.
Once again, a very intense 3rd act opens the story doors in ways we did not expect. But does it work for us...
This is our most in-depth and divisive entry in the Boy Wizard saga yet.
We ask that you once more help us power through the Malfoys, Dursleys and now..time travel?
12:20 - Act I
50:07 - Trivia
58:25 - Act II
1:16:07 - Different Takes
1:26:00 - Act III
1:49:33 - Ratings/Final Thoughts
Has Buckbeak enthralled you in this film series even further? Let us know!
#4 - The Goblet of Fire
Join Chris and Chelsey as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, the 2005 fantasy movie sequel directed by Mike Newell and featuring Team Edward!
We reunite with Harry, Ron and Hermione once again! This time there is a whole new element added to the maturity of this school year at Hogwarts.
It's the Tri-Wizard tournament! *DRAGON ALERT*
We continue our great series-long debate as things get real at the ball.
This film's 3rd act tries to trump the previous film's - does it?
Chelsey drops some book backstory for a familiar character...and it's horrifying.
We humbly invite you to help us bear through Sirens, Mad Eyes and teenage relationships!
13:10 - Act I
43:53 - Trivia
49:15 - Act II
1:13:41 - Different Takes
1:23:43 - Act III
1:45:31 - Ratings/Final Thoughts
Is Viktor Krum as scary-looking to you too? Let us know!
#5 - The Order of the Phoenix
Join Chris and Chelsey as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, the 2007 fantasy movie sequel directed by David Yates and written by JK Rowling.
We finally accompany Harry, Hermione and Ron for their 5th school year at Hogwarts (and personally our most anticipated film discussion). Things get real as the war for the wizarding world breaks wide open!
We get a cackling introduction to one of our favorite characters.
Our series-long debate really heats up as destinies begin to take shape.
Harry, Dumbledore, Luna, Bellatrix and Voldemort all give us incredibly memorable moments in an entry that book-readers were eagerly anticipating.
And we finally get to the 3rd act we've been waiting all series for. You'd almost think this was the final movie - but we've got 2 more epic episodes in the boy wizard's saga!
We politely invite you to help us bear through our most unbearable and despicable character yet in the form of...dun dun dunnn, yet another Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
10:41 - Act I
48:06 - Trivia
53:57 - Act II
1:16:35 - Different Takes
1:26:31 - Act III
1:58:55 - Ratings/Final Thoughts
Does Bellatrix's deed haunt your dreams as well? Let us know!
#6 - The Half-Blood Prince
Join Chris and Chelsey as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, the 2009 fantasy movie sequel directed by David Yates and written by JK Rowling.
Harry, Hermione and Ron enter their 6th and last school year at Hogwarts and the stakes are higher than ever! A massive budget upgrade as well as multiple huge revelations make this installment an intense setup for the Boy Wizard's epic finale.
Our series-long debate kicks into overdrive as relationships spark, sizzle, boil and are tested by their most drama-filled adventure.
Stakes are raised while mysteries run rampant as we try to figure out just who this Half-Blood Prince is. More importantly, why?...
We get a bit silly with the teen antics but then hit the opposite as the franchise swings for an all-time emotional high in this penultimate chapter.
An insanely intense and heavy 3rd act give us showdowns and resolutions begging for discussion.
We humbly ask you to help us bear through high school Drama, unanswered questions, Lavender's crazyness and once again - another Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
13:40 - Act I
51:14 - Trivia
57:40 - Act II
1:24:55 - Different Takes
1:32:15 - Act III
2:01:16 - Ratings / Final Thoughts
How did you feel about Harry's 6th trip to Hogwarts? Let us know.
Slug Club Forever!
#7 - The Deathly Hallows
Join Chris & Chelsey as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows!
Both Part 1 from 2010 & Part 2 from 2011 of JK Rowling's EPIC fantasy movie franchise are covered in a David Yates-directed saga capper that showcases the brilliance of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes & the late great Alan Rickman.
For the 7th & final time we join Harry, Hermione & Ron as they embark on a darkly desperate, cerebral & war-driven journey through gripping tension & world-ending stakes to destroy the 7 horcruxes.
Relationships are tested to their limits with character drama & storytelling depth that hit an all-time high for the series.
We get the action we wanted from The Half-Blood Prince & indulge in some very special & satisfying moments from the queen of Hogwarts, Professor McGonagall!
David Yates proves why he was given the keys to the kingdom with a character death we will never forget in Part 1's setup for the ultimate wizarding war.
PLUS! Chris says "teleport" rather than "apparate" at every chance he gets & definitely DO NOT take a shot every time Chelsey says "in the books.."
The home stretch begins with Part 2's dauntingly high stakes adventure to abolish Voldemort's dark magic leading to - the final battle of Hogwarts!
We see shades of Indiana Jones in the act of freeing a dragon & finally resolve our series-long debates with climactic confrontations.
The biggest of budget visuals set new fantasy film standards that have yet to be reached again in this ultimate hero's journey.
We, of course, dive into that shocking & traumatic revelation that changes the entire saga, Chelsey drops a very interesting fan theory AND we rank the entire series.
In the end, we finally get our Harry Vs Voldemort showdown for the fate of the wizarding world!
It all ends. Is it everything we ever wanted? Can we come up with any negatives?
Plus, we try to find a way to make the idea of an inevitable future remake somehow viable.
Deathly Hallows Part 1 - 3:13
Part 1 Act I - 19:10
Part 1 Act II - 49:12
Part 1 Act III - 1:08:08
Part 1 Different Take - 1:31:09
Part 1 Ratings - 1:38:00
Deathly Hallows Part 2 - 1:45:19
Part 2 Act I - 2:04:32
Part 2 Act II - 2:30:20
Part 2 Act III - 3:12:31
Part 2 Different Take - 3:49:58
Part 2 Ratings - 3:54:10
Series Rankings/Final Thoughts - 4:02:45
Thank you so much for listening & completing this epic journey with us. Let us know your series rankings & finale thoughts!
#8 - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Join Chris and Chelsey as they analyze & review (with FULL SPOILERS) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the 2016 fantasy movie prequel directed by David Yates, starring Eddie Redmayne and written by JK Rowling.
Newt joins Tina, Jacob & Queenie (in America!) to capture some magical creatures - oh and also deal with the evil uprising of the terrifying dark wizard, Grindelwald!
This film franchise starter is a prequel to the Harry Potter saga (written solely by the one and only JK Rowling) - but does it even compare to the beloved original series?
Between catching pokemon, starting friendships and bottle-feeding an octopus, we also dive into deeply disturbing themes. Does the whimsical tone mix with the action and the dark? Is this even a kids movie?
Our villains begin a war that is major setup for a new massive magic movie franchise. Are we ready, and wanting, the 4 sequels?
It gets intense as we are a bit divisive in our very in-depth breakdown of Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne's 1st venture into the wizarding world.
We invite you to help us find some billywigs, bowtruckles, mooncalves, Dan Foglers, erumpets and even a rare Johnny Depp!
16:27 - Act I
51:11 - Trivia
55:19 - Act II
1:24:42 - Different Takes
1:36:02 - Act III
2:10:11 - Ratings / Final Thoughts
Do you love Newt and his niffler? Let us know!
Yet to come!..
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - December 2018