Archive | June 2017

A List of Harry Potter Lists

Today is the 20th anniversary of the publication Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK. Though I didn’t start reading the series until the next year, the series has been a major part of my life ever since. As my high school friends joked, I’ve spent over $1,000 on the series including all the books, movies, soundtracks, video games etc… I bought. And that was before I went to the Universal theme park. So following up on my previous post sorting the presidents, here are 20 lists of Harry Potter lists, focusing on the original 7 books/8 movies.

1. Favorite Books

  1. Prisoner of Azkaban
  2. Goblet of Fire
  3. Deathly Hallows
  4. Half-Blood Prince
  5. Sorcerer’s Stone
  6. Order of the Phoenix
  7. Chamber of Secrets

2. Favorite Movies (based off my personal in-theater experience and rewatchability)

  1. Prisoner of Azkaban
  2. Order of the Phoenix
  3. Deathly Hallows Part 1
  4. Deathly Hallows Part 2
  5. Half-Blood Prince
  6. Sorcerer’s Stone
  7. Chamber of Secrets
  8. Goblet of Fire

3. Movies by Faithfulness of Adaptation

  1. Deathly Hallows Part 1
  2. Sorcerer’s Stone
  3. Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Order of the Phoenix
  5. Chamber of Secrets
  6. Goblet of Fire
  7. Half-Blood Prince
  8. Deathly Hallows Part 2

3. Favorite Video Games (I only played 5)

  1. Order of the Phoenix
  2. Prisoner of Azkaban
  3. Goblet of Fire
  4. Sorcerer’s Stone
  5. Chamber of Secrets

4. Best Soundtracks

  1. Prisoner of Azkaban
  2. Chamber of Secrets
  3. Order of the Phoenix
  4. Half-Blood Prince
  5. Deathly Hallows Part 2
  6. Sorcerer’s Stone
  7. Deathly Hallows Part 1
  8. Goblet of Fire

5. Worst Movie Changes

  1. Harry’s “spidey sense” to detect Horcruxes
  2. Voldemort vs. Harry battle in courtyard not Great Hall, and lack of explanation
  3. Snape making eye contact with Harry on Astronomy Tower since he wasn’t wearing the invisibility cloak
  4. Psychological Maze instead of creatures for Third Task
  6. Neville doesn’t kill Nagini at the same time Harry disappears and battle recommences
  7. Ginny’s lack of chemistry with Harry
  8. Harry doesn’t go to Ravenclaw Tower, get discovered by Carrow and get defended by McGonagalll
  9. No First Battle of Hogwarts in Half-Blood Prince, but there is an attack on the Burrow (which still doesn’t make any sense)
  10. Epilogue doesn’t give much context to people outside Harry and Ginny’s family

6. Worst Movie Omissions

  1. Little background on Tom Riddle’s past in Half-Blood Prince
  2. Explanation of the Taboo on Voldemort’s name in Deathly Hallows Part 1
  3. No SPEW, and thus Hermione and Ron’s first kiss is different
  4. Winky (related to 3)
  5. More Quidditch games
  6. More details during Snape’s Worst Memory
  7. The Other Rooms in the Department of Mysteries at the end of Book 5
  8. Ludo Bagman
  9. Rita Skeeter as a beetle, as well as appearance in Book 5
  10. The Other Minister

7. Favorite Things at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  1. Quidditch Shop
  2. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Ride
  3. The Hogwarts Castle that houses Forbidden Journey
  4. Three Broomsticks
  5. Gringotts Ride
  6. Forbidden Journey queue entertainment
  7. Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
  8. Butterbeer
  9. Fortescue’s Ice Cream
  10. Leaky Cauldron

8. Best Hogwarts Houses

  1. Ravenclaw
  2. Hufflepuff
  3. Gryffindor
  4. Slytherin

9. Favorite performances in the movies

  1. Alan Rickman
  2. Maggie McGonagall
  3. Emma Watson
  4. Ralph Fiennes
  5. Richard Harris

10. Best Covers (standard American versions by Mary GrandPré)

  1. Goblet of Fire
  2. Sorcerer’s Stone
  3. Half-Blood Prince
  4. Chamber of Secrets
  5. Deathly Hallows
  6. Order of the Phoenix
  7. Prisoner of Azkaban (a little too repetitive of CoS)

11. Best Harry Potter names

  1. Daedalus Diggle
  2. Minerva McGonagall
  3. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
  4. Rufus Scrimgeour
  5. Phineas Nigelus Black
  6. Severus Snape
  7. Augustus Rookwood
  8. Justin Finch-Fletchley
  9. Filius Flitwick
  10. Wilkie Twycross

12. Biggest Crushes I had

  1. Book Ginny
  2. Movie Hermione

13. “Bad Guys” ranked by how much I wanted to punch them

  1. Umbridge
  2. Bellatrix
  3. Malfoy (books 1-5, start of 6)
  4. Voldemort
  5. Marge Dursley
  6. Snape (books 1-6)
  7. Lockhart
  8. Fenrir Greyback
  9. Vernon Dursley
  10. Pettigrew

14. Non-canon Outputs of J.K. Rowling

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie
  2. Pottermore
  3. Tales of Beetle the Bard
  4. Quidditch through the Ages
  5. The production of Cursed Child (I guess, haven’t seen it)
  6. Fantastic Beasts book
  7. The story in Cursed Child

15. Podcasts

  1. Mugglecast
  2. Quibbler
  3. Pottercast

16. Best Harry Potter Sporcle Quizzes

  1. Chapter Titles
  2. Top 200 characters
  3. Harry Potter Periodic Table

17. Best lines in the movies that weren’t in the books (as far as I can remember)

  1. Ron: Did you and Ginny do it, then? Harry: What? Ron: You know, hide the book?
  2. Umbridge: Please, tell them [the Centaurs] I mean no harm! Harry: Sorry Professor, but I must not tell lies
  3. Slughorn: Harry! Harry: Sir! Slughorn: It’s nearly nightfall. Surely you realize I can’t let you wander the grounds by yourself Harry: Well then by all means come along sir.

18. Most-competent Hogwarts Teachers/Staff

  1. McGonagall
  2. Madame Pomfrey
  3. Flitwick
  4. Lupin
  5. Sprout

19. 10 Least-competent Hogwarts Teachers

  1. Umbridge
  2. Lockhart
  3. Trelawney
  4. Quirrell
  5. Mad-Eye Moody
  6. Mr. Filch
  7. Dumbledore as Headmaster
  8. Snape
  9. Binns
  10. Hagrid

20. Harry Potter foods/drinks

  1. Butterbeer
  2. Chocolate Frogs
  3. Pumpkin Juice
  4. Pumpkin Pasties
  5. Fire Whiskey
  6. Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans
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