Total Film: Harry Potter "Franchise of the Decade"
December 14, 2009, 10:59 AM
This week, Total Film magazine is releasing their newest issue with ten different covers as part of their special on best of the decade. Harry Potter will be featured on one of the covers (also here in our galleries) as "Franchise of the Decade." Coming in at number 8, the cover says about Harry Potter: "From page to screen, how Harry Potter made movie magic. Plus, first word on the epic finale." If anyone can get scans of the feature inside the magazine, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Also, thanks to our Order partner RupertGrint.net we know the magazine will also have a feature on Rupert dressed as one of his favorite film characters, Napoleon Dynamite.
Of course people on a Harry Potter fansite are going to say that their beloved franchise deserves to be #1. But I don’t think the magazine is judging in terms of number of fans; they’re most likely judging on quality. Really, if we’re talking about quality of [i]films[/i] here (which does NOT mean “entertainment value” – it means “artistic value”) then Lord of the Rings really does deserve to be at the top. Harry Potter only “wipes the floor with the other franchises” because it’s had SIX films – the others haven’t had as many – although it does earn points for being able to keep its box office earnings high. Really, though, does anyone think hardcore Harry Potter fans are going to stop seeing these films? No…if anything, this franchise has probably lost fans over the years. Outside the tightknit community I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say “Aren’t these Harry Potter movies done yet?”
I think it’s ridiculous to say that there’s some sort of favoritism going on with the editors of the magazine/website, as if it’s a blatant fact that Jo and HP are the supreme beings of the artistic world. People have opinions that aren’t always going to match with everyone else’s, even if there are millions of fans of a particular franchise such as Harry Potter.
I don’t think it means 8th FRANCHISE of the decade, but 8th overall story of the decade, since all the other 9 are different categories, like superhero or epic or whatever else of the decade.
Actually, I must admit that Lord of the Rings deserves to be first. I know this is heresy, but they are my favorite movies.