Harry Potter Series Best of the Year List RoundUp


Dec 26, 2009

Posted by EdwardTLC

As newspapers continue to take stock of this past decade, the books and films of the Harry Potter series make an appearance on a number of new end of the year lists. First, the Globe and Mail names the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, their Book of the Decade. The Canadian newspaper writes that the book was not only “…the single most awaited, debated and anticipated volume, it also can stand for Harry Potter as a phenomenon, for a series that grows more sophisticated and darker with each episode, a series in which millions of people fret over the fates of the beloved young wizard, his pals and mentors as they battle the forces of evil marshalled by Lord Voldemort.” The article continues, noting the acceptance of the novels beyond conventional age and gender boundaries, saying:

Millions of children, especially boys, for whom reading had been something remote, intimidating, uninteresting, took to Potter as a wizard to a wand. You couldn’t walk through a mall, an airport, a park without seeing one or another of the series in the hands of a young person. And not young people alone; adults devoured the books as well (when they didn’t accuse them of promoting witchcraft). The Harry Potter books may have created a generation of readers, and, if we’re lucky, it may not be the last such generation.

Next, AOL Moviefone named “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” one of their “Best Movies Ever: The 00s.” Coming in at number ten, the Alfonso Cuaron directed film adaptation of the third book is listed along side such other films as “The Incredibles,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” In regards to their decision, the article notes:

Darker than the first two Potter films, to legions of fans the third installment of J.K. Rowlings’ juggernaut may or may not be the best of the bunch; but, really, what Muggle wouldn’t enjoy this.

Finally, on a related note, AceShowbiz.com has included the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” on their list of the Ten Must-See Sequels of 2010.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” will arrive in theaters November 2010.

33 Responses to Harry Potter Series Best of the Year List RoundUp

Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Interesting list...Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Terrific! They are all correct!!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Terrific! They are all correct!!!!Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: Harry Potter made MY decade :)Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratz Harry!!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am very pleased that they placed Potter at the top of their list!Avatar ImageLunaLupinTonks says: Yay! This makes WAY more sense than the USA Today one!Avatar ImageHorcruxNoctus says: woooooo!!! @Eeyore Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but POA is widely regarded as the best film. It is not MY personal favorite, but it is easy to understand why it is for so many others. It stands alone and there is just a certain....way that it was directed that gives it unique beauty.Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: Hmm thats kind of a weird list....but it's good for HP!!! <3Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: Awsome!!!Avatar ImagePotter_Puella says: Canada was totally correct. :)Avatar ImageFresh Prince says: Harry Potter definitely has to be the best book of this decade it has done wonders for so many for those who have sat down and taken the time out to enjoy such a wonderful series it takes you on a journey that one can only dream of and its not just for kids but adults as well i truly love Harry Potter and has changed some of y views on life it also gives you a since of right from wrong and also shows bravery and loyalty really things that you just value your morals really Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: Yay,agreed with all three lists! :)Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: aha I knew PoA was the bestt :DAvatar ImageEeyore says: I agree with them about Deathly Hallow, but Prisoner of Azkaban? Really? Not on my list. I actually don't really like these lists. It's someone's arbitrary choice, and that's fine. But because it's published people tend to think there is some authority behind their choices.Avatar ImageRaveKatie says: Wow. Its been ten years already? Wow. That's just. ...Hmm.Avatar ImageFifi says: Congrats, but does it really matter that much? I agree with Eeyore, and not all these people who make the lists are right.Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: poa was the best not surprisedAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Congrats to Harry! I love how it's making all these "Top" lists... along with Jo of course. :)Avatar Imagecrowgirl says: Harry Potter is always first in my book.Avatar Imagespazgirl13 says: i agree with that list!!!Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: HP rocks!!!! :-DAvatar ImageToNkS_rip says: PoA's definately on my list. they are all totally correct. Harry Potter is by far, the very best thing that happened to this pathetic world.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: harry poter totaly made my decade if harry potter was not here i would probly br a twilight fan ( witch that would not be good ) witch i hope i will never will be thanks of for godAvatar Imagealpaca-girl says: :o) yayAvatar ImageLions4thecup says: whoop, whoop!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Harry Potter made my decade. <3Avatar ImageDelilah3136 says: Umm DUH it's a must-see sequel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I can't wait for November!!!! <3Avatar ImageHermione25 says: it is so coolAvatar ImageLAUR3N lx0 says: Prisoner of Azkaban was actually my favorite. seeing Sirius and Lupin for the first time. :) but i guess there's some i don't like about it. the patronus wasn't even a stag, besides when Harry had one in front of him.. :DAvatar Imagesakuranbo07 says: The Prisoner of Azkaban movie gave the audience a taste of how dark the world of Harry Potter was going to be. Its not my personal favorite but I know the way the Dementors were brought to like on the screen was really creepy just as we imagined them to be. Good list!Avatar Imagenddulac says: Interesting that of all the possible choices of movies, AOL would got for PoA. I liked that movie a lot, but I often find that I am in a minority. (Of course, I also liked Half-Blood Prince Better.)Avatar ImageZephyrFool says: Not really a fan of lists. They feel dead somehow - which I hope Harry Potter will never be.

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