Audrey and I spent all last week watching the Harry Potter movies to catch up for the "really big show" of the last installment. I had read all the books twice and and seen up to movie number 3. Audrey is halfway through the first book.
These movies are fantastic. They are full of action, fantasy and fun. Excellent to see movies that are equally enjoyable for 48 year olds and 11 year olds. It's so much fun to see the actors grow up on screen into men and women and pretty good little actors. I was most amazed and delighted by Neville Longbottom's flight into puberty. He was so chubby and sweet during the first movie and turned into a tall lanky hero. Loved it! I'm happy that the production team made such good leaps of faith years ago and were able to follow their choices through until the end.
And the movies (and books) are so well done. You get immersed in a world where photographs and portraits wave at you and you have to catch your chocolate before you eat it and it never seemed too far out of the ordinary. JK Rowling is a flipping genius. All the characters are flawed including Harry and that makes them human whether they actually are or not.
So anyway, enough's been said about the series by smarter people than me. I'll just add that I loved them and they'll live forever on fantasy channel holiday marathons for years to come. If you haven't seen them, do yourself a favour. The books can be a hard slog but really, remember they are geared toward children and don't embarrass yourself. If you don't have time, just download the lot, sit back, and spend a few hours/days at Hogwarts. You won't regret it.