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Harry Potter Series Best of the Year List RoundUp

Posted by: Edward
December 26, 2009, 12:02 PM

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, 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.

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80450 Points

Interesting list…

Posted by Won_Two on December 26, 2009, 12:15 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Terrific! They are all correct!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on December 26, 2009, 12:23 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Terrific! They are all correct!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on December 26, 2009, 12:23 PM report to moderator
783 Points

Harry Potter made MY decade :)

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on December 26, 2009, 01:45 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratz Harry!!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on December 26, 2009, 01:46 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

I am very pleased that they placed Potter at the top of their list!

Posted by Kirk on December 26, 2009, 04:54 PM report to moderator
4906 Points

Yay! This makes WAY more sense than the USA Today one!

Posted by Darth Luna on December 26, 2009, 10:08 PM report to moderator
236 Points


@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.

Posted by Horcrux~Noctus~ on December 27, 2009, 12:30 AM report to moderator
2333 Points

Hmm thats kind of a weird list….but it’s good for HP!!! <3

Posted by theREALGinnyWeasley on December 27, 2009, 04:31 AM report to moderator
2525 Points


Posted by The Nerd on December 27, 2009, 04:35 AM report to moderator
185 Points

Canada was totally correct. :)

Posted by Potter_Puella on December 27, 2009, 04:37 AM report to moderator
111 Points

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

Posted by Fresh Prince on December 27, 2009, 05:25 AM report to moderator
683 Points

Yay,agreed with all three lists! :)

Posted by xxIBelieveInNarglesxx on December 27, 2009, 05:36 AM report to moderator
783 Points

aha I knew PoA was the bestt :D

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on December 27, 2009, 05:45 AM report to moderator
444 Points

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.

Posted by Eeyore on December 27, 2009, 06:20 AM report to moderator
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