Why do I find Harry Potter films glum, soulless, and without dramatic tension?
Harry Potter films don't have a vision of reality. There are no laws; "anything goes". So there are no real, true-grit plots, no solid archetypal themes, no death, no life... all is ham performance where consequences are like vapours.
The Harry Potter Universe is a montage patched from a limited number of bad-taste sources.
These sources include glum Christian Halloween horror kitsch with its pagan mockery; and an ageing, yet still tiresome, western stage magic, complete with rabbits and hats. A strong influence is the old American TV series "Bewitched", where things and people vanish and appear, and vanish again, with a twinkle of the eye, a wriggle of the nose, or a waving of some bloody silly stick.
Harry Potter - it's less than ho-hum.
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Why do I find Harry Potter films glum, soulless, and without dramatic tension? Harry Potter films don't have a vision ... a wriggle of the nose, or a waving of some bloody silly stick. Harry Potter - it's less than ho-hum.

Are the Harry Potter books really amenable to philosophical analysis? Philosophy and literature certainly go hand-in-hand, so the answer to this question probably turns on whether you think the Harry Potter books qualify as any sort of literature or are merely =93junk food=94 on paper. There are those who think the latter, but I=92m inclined to the former. The Harry Potter books are not Shakespeare, but they do address serious themes and Rowling=92s ability to tackle them in interesting ways is, I think, an important reason for why the books are popular.
In many ways, philosophy is about asking interesting questions and forcing us to step back to closely examine our thoughts in order to help us live better lives. Literature can be an invaluable aid in this because it presents us with alternate realities, forcing us to use our imaginations and consider how our own world might be different.

http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/PotterPhilosoph.htm
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Why do I find Harry Potter films glum, soulless, and without dramatic tension?

Cos it's for children maybe?
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Why do I find Harry Potter films glum, soulless, and without dramatic tension? Harry Potter films don't have a vision of reality.

That sentence shows how devoid of imagination and intelligence you are.

You actually show that you have less of these qualities than the teenagers to which these movies/novels are for.
Shame on you.
Olrik
Why do I find Harry Potter films glum, soulless, and without dramatic tension? Harry Potter films don't have a vision ... a wriggle of the nose, or a waving of some bloody silly stick. Harry Potter - it's less than ho-hum.

Good post, John. Children are indoctrinated into mystical beliefs from the time they're in the crib. It's one reason why so many people know so little about science (or anything else for that matter). The Harry Potter nonsense just breeds ignorance, intellectual laziness and wishful thinking. It's funny, but back in the 1930s and 1940s they occassionally made films like "Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet" in which scientists were the heroes. I haven't seen one of those in a very long time. Today, if they feature a scientist or mathematician or professor in a movie, he's either a nutcase or a secret avenger.
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The Harry Potter books are not Shakespeare, but they do address serious themes and Rowling's ability to tackle them in interesting ways is, I think, an important reason for why the books are popular.

Whether JK Rowling's Harry Potter books are "literature" or not is uninportant if you drop by your local library or middle school library and pick one up in your hand, if you can find it on the shelves.

Open any HP book to the stamp page where the due date is stamped. Notice how the stamps are on every square mm of the last 20 pages, the covers, all over the pocket where the library data card was supposed to be, all over the outside of the book protector, if it hasn't completely worn away by now. There's simply no more room to stamp such a book in any library.
Now, pick any other middle-schooler book from the stacks. Open to the stamp page. Can we squeeze in another due date stamp? What? There's plenty of space, you say?! It looks like noone has checked it out since 1997?! 1997, are you sure? The binding looks unused, while the HP book was all dogeared and the binding was coming apart because it had been opened so much?
It matters not whether Harry Potter is a masterful work of literature or not. What matters is this is the FIRST time in a LONG TIME when a BOOK, a real book that has no batteries, no sounds, no graphics interface, no advanced computer interface..has caught the attention of a NEW GENERATION of READERS! I have a friend who is a school librarian. She says no other book she has ever checked out has been replaced SO MANY TIMES, simply because the book fell apart, worn to shreds by kids..

That's more important than what the contents are..THEY'RE READING AGAIN in a video game world!

"iPad is to computing what Etch-A-Sketch is to art!"

Larry
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Why do I find Harry Potter films glum, soulless, and ... bloody silly stick. Harry Potter - it's less than ho-hum.

Are the Harry Potter books really amenable to philosophical analysis? Philosophy and literature certainly go hand-in-hand, so the answer to ... alternate realities, forcing us to use our imaginations and consider how our own world might be different. http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/PotterPhilosoph.htm
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Good post, John. Children are indoctrinated into mystical beliefs from the time they're in the crib. It's one reason why ... if they feature a scientist or mathematician or professor in a movie, he's either a nutcase or a secret avenger.

Dude, watch "The Core". It'll cure you of your desire to see scientists portrayed as heroes.
Mike
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