10 dumb decisions made by characters in the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe turns 10 next year if my memory serves me correctly and it has grown a lot since Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk way back in 2008. And while some movies were better than others, most notably in recent years, I began thinking about everything that has happened in these movies so far and I have noticed that there were many times when our beloved heroes have made some questionable decisions.

And it’s time now to take a look at 10 of them. The list is subjective and I will try to order them based on importance and impact on the character that made the decision and other characters as well. So, let’s kick off this list.

10. Tony Stark not keeping his promise to Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3

We know by now that Tony Stark has a very over-sized ego which tends to get the better of him and one of the more evident displays of this ego is in Iron Man 3, when he tells Aldrich Killian to meet him on the roof but then never shows up, subsequently creating the main antagonist of the movie. It might have been easier just to say no to the guy and that would have been that but hey, who am I to judge.

9. Kaecilius summoning Dormammu

Dr. Strange was a very good movie and it was made even better by Strange himself pointing out the obvious to Kaecilius when he was busy calling Dormammu. Kaecilius was all like “can’t you see the beauty of this guy” and Strange was like “dude, have you looked in a mirror lately?”. Kaecilius and his followers are turned into mindless ones once Dormammu actually arrives, further proving the stupidity of this decision.

8. Clint Barton coming out of retirement

What was the point of Age of Ultron showing us that Hawkeye had a safehouse, him almost dying and getting saved by Quicksilver and also him hammering home that this was his last assignment if he just comes out of retirement in Civil War only to get himself arrested? It seems like it was a waste of a closure moment in Age of Ultron if you’re gonna have him come back at the first opportunity.

7. Scott Lang immediately forgetting the promise he made in his own movie

Scott Lang had just redeemed himself in his standalone movie and kinda sorta made a promise that he would be around his daughter more. And what does this guy do? Join Captain America in his quest to save a wanted Bucky Barnes and ending up in the same situation as Hawkeye. Good going on that one. And I rank this higher than Hawkeye’s decision because Scott has been behind bars and already ruined his life once before, so he KNOWS what he’s getting into.

6. Spider-Man revealing his identity to both Ned AND Aunt May

Yeah, Peter Parker is not very bright in Homecoming. He somehow manages to accidentally reveal his identity to his best friend and aunt, simply because he couldn’t take like 2 seconds to scan the area of his room AND keep his door closed. While admittedly funny, his lack of awareness is alarming. Spidey sense is all but gone. And I know that this isn’t a decision per say, but still, take a quick scan when you enter your room Peter!

5. Tony and Happy completely ignoring Peter after the events in Civil War

I like how Tony was like “if anything bad happens call Happy” when Happy was constantly avoiding Peter’s calls and never returning them. Yeah, Peter’s decisions in Spider-Man: Homecoming were far from perfect but can you really blame him? He’s a bloody teenager who went off and squared against The Avengers (uh, well, some of them), survived through it and then you just let him off without a hint of surveillance?

4. Tony Stark revealing his address in Iron Man 3

A combination of anxiety and taunting by the Mandarin led to Tony revealing his address to the world. And the results were of course pretty obvious, with his house getting attacked. And while he managed to fend off his identity reveal in Iron Man 1, this was so far past the line of reason that the line was a DOT (thank you Joey). I mean yeah, in the end it all works out, but this decision could have gotten both Tony and Pepper killed.

3. Bruce Banner agreeing to help Tony build Ultron

You’d think Bruce Banner would have second thoughts about tinkering with AI given his alter-ego persona which is very hard to control. But no, he just agrees to Tony’s insane idea not once but TWICE! At least the second time he appears to at least try to back out when he says that “this is where it all went wrong the first time”. Oh well, nothing a little pep talk from Tony doesn’t fix.

2. Zemo’s entire plan and Cap’s decision to not tell Tony about his parents

The climax of Civil War is one of my favorite ones from all the MCU movies so far, even though Zemo has got to be one of the luckiest people on the planet given his unnecessarily convoluted plan. I’m going to have to give credit to CinemaSins I think for this one, when they stated that all Zemo had to do was send the tape to Tony with a note that said “Play Me!”. No need for blowing up a building and going all the way to Siberia I think for this to unfold. As for Captain America, I think he might have had a chance at convincing Tony to leave Bucky alone if he had just told him that he knew a mind-controlled Bucky was responsible for his parents’s deaths. I mean yeah, Tony would have been pissed as hell, but I do believe that he would have listened to reason. However, telling him this after he had just seen the tape AND going to defend your friend (understandable, I guess) is beyond stupid.

1. Thor trusting Loki after all this time

If you’ve seen the trailer for Avengers Infinity War, this will be even more obvious. Loki still has the Tesseract, which he will probably use to call Thanos to Earth and I’m willing to bet that Thor will STILL be able to find an excuse for his brother, even after the events from 3 Thor movies and The Avengers. If I am proven wrong then so be it, but as much as I like Thor, he is way too gullible when it comes to his adopted brother. I guess deep down he truly loves Loki, even though he has done some unspeakable things.

So yeah, these are the 10 dumbest decisions I’ve seen these characters make throughout the years. I do believe that I have missed some of them, so feel free to comment down below. Time to look forward to Black Panther now I guess.

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Netflix Marvel series

Netflix has recently released The Punisher season 1 and I thought this might be a good time to review all the Marvel series they have produced, now that people have probably had the chance to view them all.

There are spoilers ahead, so be advised. I am going to rank them from my worst to best in my opinion. I will also take into account both seasons of Daredevil when it comes to the overall ranking of the show. So, let’s begin:

5. The Defenders

How could this have turned out to be the worst of these series is beyond me. I wanted to like this series so much, but there are too many things that went wrong. With a lackluster villain in Alexandra, who doesn’t really do anything, some very weak leaders of the hand, Danny Rand being even more useless than in Iron Fist, Jessica Jones apparently still being emo, even though Kilgrave was gone and Luke Cage still seeking answers even though he kinda found most of them in his own show, this series had the chance of being very good, but it failed to deliver in too many important aspects. Here’s hoping Season 2 will be better if they make it.

4. Jessica Jones

It took me about 4 episodes to get into this show, which for a 13 episode season is a lot, but I got into it in the end. However, I wasn’t really a fan of the characters from this show, apart from Kilgrave who was simply brilliant. And I really wasn’t a fan of Jessica’s constant whining either, even though I understand why she was the way she was. Also Hogarth was a bit of a wack job in this show, though she’s grown on me much more in later appearances in other shows.

3. Luke Cage and Iron Fist

I couldn’t really decide between these two which I like more, so just bare with me. Iron Fist has received a lot of criticism, some warranted and some not, but I enjoyed the series, even though at times I was more interested in the Meachum’s fate rather than Danny’s. It kept me hooked and I loved how they portrayed the Hand in this series. Luke Cage might have ranked even better if they hadn’t gotten rid of Cottonmouth so early. He was an interesting character, because even though he was a criminal, he had respect for the unwritten laws of Harlem, which can’t be said for Mariah Dillard, Shades and Diamondback. I dunno, the latter 3 seem kind of generic. Luckily Shades is still around, which makes me hopeful for Season 2 of this show because he seems like a cool character.

2. Daredevil

This would have been number 1 if Season 2 hadn’t felt so overly complicated. Season 1 of this show is pure brilliance. I loved Vincent D’Onofrio’s take on Kingpin, I loved Charlie Cox as Daredevil and I was almost squealing at the Season 1 finale which was the showdown between Daredevil and Kingpin. It was brilliantly executed. Season 2 starts off on a high note with the introduction of the Punisher, but it then evolves into too many plots for you to follow. Kingpin has his own agenda, Punisher has his own agenda and his own trial, we still have to pay attention to Daredevil and Elektra fighting the Hand, we also learn a bit about Daredevil’s and Elektra’s past…I dunno, there were too many things happening at the same time it was tiresome to watch, even though it was still a good season.

1. The Punisher

Yeah, this may be because it’s still fresh in my mind, but at the moment this is my favorite series of them all. It had a very interesting plot, which delved into Frank Castle’s past, a stubborn yet determined cop in Dinah Madani, a very cool dynamic between Frank and David (who I understand was changed a bit from the comics, but I liked him either way) and a lot of scenes where Frank was working, if you know what I mean. And I liked the fact that Frank didn’t really waste time being secluded, he basically went back to being the Punisher within the first 40 minutes of the show. While admittedly a bit slow in the middle part of the season, I really enjoyed the show and it sparked my interest in a lot of characters such as Billy Russo (or Jigsaw, as I eventually learned), William Rawlins and Micro. It sets up a pretty interesting Season 2, with Jigsaw pretty much confirmed to be playing an important part in it.

So yeah, this is my current ranking of these shows. While this might change in the future, at the moment I feel that this is the order based on how much work seemed to be put in the script, story and filming of these shows. I think I might do separate reviews for each of these shows in future posts, as I think there are more things that can be discussed.

What makes a movie adaptation good?

Having finally finished the Harry Potter series (the original 7, people have told me to stay away from the Cursed Child, at least for now), aside from the void left when finishing an amazins book series, I was left annoyed at how different the Harry Potter character from the books seems to be from the one from the movies at times. Not to take anything way from the actors, they held their part ok given the script that they had. But I do feel that that particular script tends to stray away from the original source material too much.

I’m not going to say that there is no possibility that a movie might be better than the book, even though statistics don’t really help movie studios in this case. But I am going to go through 5 things that I think make a movie adaptation good. Spoilers from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings ahead, by the way.

1. Keep the most important events in the movie

There are a few moments in Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings where you’re like ‘what just happened?’. And while explained in the books, they are completely left out of the movie. Examples include the reason Harry always had to return to his abusive relatives and Saruman’s dissapearance with no explanation in Return of the King. I’m not saying you have to include all side events, but can we please have the most important ones present in the movie? It really helps with the storytelling.

2. Do not add events with unexplained consequences

There is this scene in The Half-Blood Prince where the Weasley house burns down, but is magically restored in the beginning of the next movie without no explanation. The idea is that the moment was NOT present in the book. If you plan to add events, you may want to explain the consequences of said events and explain how everything was fine and dandy 6-9 months later.

3. Explain the importance of certain objects/items/rooms that appear in the movie

Lord of the Rings did a better job at explaining whatever each object is supposed to be doing, but Harry Potter comes short in this aspect, with random appearances of artefacts and Rooms of Requirement who are treated as plot devices in the movie, rather than useful assets which are required for a reason. I don’t care if it’s a sentence or a word or someone asking themselves a question about their use, it should be explained why an object is useful and why it’s required for it to be in the scene.

4. Do not alter the protagonist’s character (too much)

It’s kind of hard to mimic every emotion the original author had for every character, but for the main ones, it’s best to be as accurate as possible. The Lord of the Rings characters come off as these super-hero types who were so sure of winning, I don’t know why they were even worried, while in the books, you cleary see they have their doubts and fears and regrets about the things that they cause or happen to them. One of my main gripes with the Harry Potter movie series is that in the later movies, Harry the movie character seems to be a different one than the original Harry Potter from the books, with the latter becoming an actual leader with the confidence of literally humiliating You-Know-Who before the Elder Wand backfired on him. The same goes for Neville Longbottom. The movies still portray him as a bumbling idiot, when in reality he became the leader of the DA in Harry’s absence.

5. Don’t leave out important side characters

This is more prominent in Harry Potter, where you have the complete absence of house elves (which play an important part in developing Hermione’s character), Peeves (a lovable Poltergeist who very much enjoyed trolling everyone he could), Charlie Weasley, Percy Weasley in the final battle (missing out on a very emotional family reunion), Phineas Nigellus Black (very important during Deathly Hallows) and I could go on. I know it’s hard to include everyone, but leaving out so many side-characters takes away so much from the story, and the audience is left with a never-ending series of Deux ex Machina moments that leave everyone quite unsatisfied.

So yeah, these are 5 things I think makes a movie adaptation of a books good. These are of course based on my 2 favorite series and there is a good chance I’ve missed a few points. Feel free to add any down in the comments section. Until next time, have a nice pre-Friday (I think it will be Thursday regardless of where you read this from when it goes live).

13 Reasons Why – Season 1 review

One of the latest shows I’ve watched on Netflix is 13 Reasons Why. I want to say binge-watched, but that would be true ONLY if binge-watching meant force yourself to watch each and every episode even though they got increasingly more annoying up until the 8th one and you don’t want to leave a show unfinished when you know there are only 13 episodes.

I had high hopes for this show, mostly because of the idea of learning about one’s decision in this way. It should have been good, it should have been thrilling. But it fell short. I haven’t read the books/novel it’s based on, so my review is going to be based strictly on the show. I am not going to torment you by giving you 13 reasons, so we’ll stop at 10 reasons why this show fell short. Needless to say, spoilers ahead.

1. Each episode drags on for too long

I get the feeling that the producers of this show, in their quest for creating something special, overdid it in the sense that each episode does drag along for FAR TOO MUCH TIME! Seriously, you could cut at least 10 minutes from each episode and still end up with the same amount of story points told.

2. Clay’s crusade

Yeah, I get that Hannah was his crush, but Clay going on this stupid little crusade of his is him doing EXACTLY what other people did to Hannah. Harrasing and bullying others is exactly what leads to people killing themselves, but hey, revenge is sweet, right?

3. Clay being a plot device on the tapes

You get this build up that Clay is on the tapes for something. At first I was like hey, maybe this is all an act and Clay actually did something far worse than anyone else. But no…he is literally there to advance the plot (if I remember correctly, him leaving was shortly followed by Justin and his girlfriend Jessica entering the room which resulted in Hannah seeing Jessica get raped and subsequently doing NOTHING about it). His purpose on the tapes is nothing more than to see once more that Hannah is incapable of holding on to anyone who shows even the slightest bit of sympathy for her.

4. It should be 3.5 reasons why

Let’s get this out of the way before you think I am insensitive. Bryce is a sh*thead who seriously needs to pay for what he has done to 2 girls (that we know of, might be even more off-screen). But other than him, Courtney, Justin for the picture from the park (which was then distributed by Bryce AGAIN) and Marcus, no one has actually done anything that bad to her. I mean I don’t even remember what Jessica and Alex did, Clay was a plot device, Zach actually tried being nice to her but got sh*t on for doing so and was on the tapes for stealing her compliment tickets or whatever. Funnily enough, she said Zach threw the letter she left for him, but we later find out he didn’t… Ryan published her poem, but is was anonymous so NO ONE KNEW SHE WROTE IT! And the one that pissed me off the hardest, she included Kevin Porter, the school counselor, for not following her out of his office when she left…even though the guy insisted on talking about how Hannah was feeling and even refused to answer his phone for about 4 or 5 times because HE WANTED TO HELP HER!

So yeah, apart from Bryce, Justin (which seriously only counts as half, I find it far worse that he kept lying to Jessica about what happened at that party, which somehow Hannah transformed into something about her), Marcus and Courtney, I don’t really see others as bad. Sure, Tyler caught Hannah and Courtney kissing and then the whole school found out, but both Hannah and Courtney KNEW HE WAS THERE! Ok, I’ve had enough of this…NEXT!

5. The school trial

This one’s even more stupid. Hannah’s parents are actually suing the school for the concious decision their daughter did of taking her own life…now as I’ve said, I’m not American, so I have no idea how society works there. I just find it a bit confusing to blame the school and the children there, who are already traumatised enough by Hannah killing herself, for anything, aside from the 4 people mentioned in the previous reason.

6. Hannah is a far worse person than half the people on the tapes

Zach is friendly to me? Better tell him to f**k off then. Clay is friendly to me? Better tell him to f**k off then, hoping he doesn’t listen to my several times telling him to f**k off and comes back to comfort me. Mr. Porter wants to help me and all I have to do is tell him Bryce is a rapist? Better not tell him, walk out of his office, hope he comes after me (even though he insisted on telling him a name which I didn’t give him when he also refused to answer his phone several times because he was interested in what I have to say unlike other people), realise he doesn’t come because people actually have better things to do than to read my mind, end it all. Tell me why I should care about this girl again, aside from wanting to strangle Bryce?

7. The adults on the show are beyond oblivious

Clay’s parents are annoying, Hannah’s parents argue all of the time without realising it affects their daughter and so on. It seems like most of the adults are oblivious to the fact that every action has a reaction.

8. Everyone sticking up for Bryce

Yeah, what is up with that? If there is one thing that makes each and everyone of the people on who listened to Bryce’s tape guilty except for Clay who actually did something and Jessica who was too drunk to remember is sticking up for this guy. THIS is what makes Justin guilty of all things, not the picture from the park.

9. It kinda glorifies suicide

If you think about it, it kinda does, in a sense. I mean it tells you that when all hope is lost, the only way out of it is not seeking help, but ending your life…which is a pretty bad message to convey.

10. Little to no sympathy for one of the most annoying protagonists ever created

Aside from the events mentioned in #4 above, I have no sympathy for Hannah. She is self-centered, wants everything to be about her, lives in this utopia where if things don’t go your way it’s the end of the world, forces away anyone who even remotely cares about her and she keeps thinking people around her are J’Onn J’Onzz and have the ability to read minds. And even after she kills herself she still wants things to be about herself, hence the tapes.

So yeah, that’s my take on this show. I wouldn’t call it the worse series I’ve ever watched, as there are some good aspects about it, though they are overshadowed by the bad ones. Teenage years are hard, I get that, I was once a teenager too. But it’s how you react to these adversities that makes you who you are. Hannah should have turned in Bryce the first time, even more so the second time. And she should have talked to her parents, Clay or Mr. Porter, who were willing to listen and who would have more than happily helped her overcome these bad times, as much as it would have been possible given the circumstances.

Harry Potter – 10 confusing movie scenes

Harry Potter is one of the most successful movie and book series of all time. And whenever people get into a debate with regards to whether or not the movies are better than the books, the books inevitably come out on top, and for good reason.

That’s not to say the movies are bad, far from it actually, but they do come up short in some aspects. And while I agree that you cannot fit everything from a book into a movie, at times it’s better to include the essentials, otherwise you’ll end up confusing people.

And I thought it would be good to look at 10 confusing things about the movies. Please note that I still have half of the Deathly Hallows left to read, so if I miss anything from that part, you’ll know why. Needless to say, spoilers ahead but…I’m guessing you may already know what has happened in this story if you’re reading this. Let’s go!

1. Hearing? What hearing?

Ok, so in Prisoner of Azkaban Draco manages to get himself hurt by Buckbeak the Hippogriff and, at least in the book, goes the “My father will hear of this” route and there’s a hearing from the Ministry about whether or not Buckbeak should face the literal axe. In the movie, Hermione mentions this hearing to Hagrid out of nowhere by asking him about the outcome of it. I mean I knew what it was about because I have read the book, but as far as I remember, it was not mentioned in the movie prior to this moment.

2. The wedding at the beginning of Deathly Hallows

So the 7th movie starts out with the wedding between Fleur and Bill Weasley. If you’ve never read the book, you may rightly ask yourself “say wha’ ?”. You never get to see these two becoming a thing in Half-Blood Prince like it happened in the book and you may be left wondering what is going on.

3. The random appearance of the Room of Requirement

In Order of the Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge seizes control of Hogwarts and disbands every club or student gathering. But wait, Harry and co have the whole DA thing going on, but never once in the movie does someone say “yeah, but what about Umbridge? we kinda sorta need a place that she doesn’t know about…”. No, instead we have Neville getting bullied by Crabbe and Goyle and then the room Deus ex Machina’s into view for no reason other than the plot.

4. Why did Harry always go back to his abusive relatives?

This was arguably one of the best moments in Half-Blood Prince, the moment when we FINALLY find out why Harry always had to go back to his Uncle and Aunt over the summer, and it was because of the protective charm that he was under while being there, because Petunia is his blood relative and his mother (Lily, Petunia’s sister) had put this magic on Harry when she sacrificed herself for him. In the movies, it’s never addressed, not even once.

5. How did Harry and Ginny end up together?

I get the sense that in the movies, Harry and Ginny end up together just because it says so in the books. I mean, there she was with Dean Thomas, then she wasn’t, and then they end up together. In the books it’s explained in much more details, starting with Ginny breaking up with Dean, then getting together with Harry and then Harry breaking up because of the whole Horcrux ordeal and then they finally get back together.

6. Whatever happened between Harry and Cho?

Harry and Cho’s short fling starts and ends very abruptly, but at least it ends. In the movie, Harry and Cho share that kiss, and then…nothing really happens.

7. How did the Order know to show up at the Ministry?

In Order of the Phoenix, Harry is lured to the ministry by You-Know-Who, finds the prophecy and is then surrounded by his followers. Next thing you know, the Order appears out of nowhere and it’s never explained HOW they knew about this. In the book, Dumbledore explains that Snape told the Order about it, because Harry had told Snape that he saw You-Know-Who torturing Sirius at the Ministry.

8. What happens to the students who were studying Divination once Sibil Trelawney gets the sack?

So Umbridge fires Trelawney and the Divination discipline is left to…who exactly? Do the students get time off during the Divination periods? Or is there a certain Centaur who picks up the task of teaching students about Divination but is never mentioned ANYWHERE in this movie?

9. Dobby dissapearing for 5 movies before reappearing and saying he’ll always help/save Harry Potter

Dobby saving Harry in Deathly Hallows makes a lot of sense if you’ve read the books and realised that he and Harry became very close friends after their first encounter. In the movies, he dissapears after Chamber of Secrets and is nowhere to be seen until the plot requires him to do a Deus ex Machina and save Harry from the Malfoy mansion…all the while claiming he will always save Harry Potter.

10. How did the Weasleys re-build their house?

In the Half-Blood Prince movie, the Weasley’s house is attacked by Death Eaters and is burnt down. And guess what, in the next movie it’s been magically rebuilt as if nothing ever happened. Why is this the case? Well, besides magic, it’s because it NEVER happened in the book. No need to tell us how it was rebuilt in the movies though…

So yeah, there are 10 of the more confusing scenes I’ve noticed in the movies. Not to take anything away from them, as they are in fact good movies, but there is a certain dip in their quality, starting from The Goblet of Fire. This only gets worse in the following 3, with Deathly Hallows part 2 being acutally good and a good send off for this extremely long movie series.

The lack of originality down in Hollywood

Ever get the feeling that you’re stuck in a time loop each and every time you look at what your cinema is currently showing? No? Then you’re a liar.

To me it seems that the movies studios have seemingly run out of ideas. Every movie seems to be either a remake, based on a book, based on a comic book, or on a real life event etcetera. Nothing seems to be original anymore. In fact, looking back, I think the most recent film that you can actually call original and has been a box office hit was…Interstellar. Yeah, let that sink in for a bit.

But can you really blame Hollywood for this? I mean you can, but chances are you might be a hypocrite, like me. That is one of the reasons why I am actually NOT blaming them.

If you think about it, you might hear people complaining about the ever-increasing number of comic book movies coming out. Last year alone saw 6 such movies, which basically means one every two months: Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange. And this year is no different, with Logan and Wonder Woman being solid hits at the box office and Spiderman: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League probably following the same trend.

Same goes for remakes. Everyone keeps complaining about the never-ending series of remakes, with Ghostbusters and The Mummy being the latest two examples that spring to mind (I’m sure there are many more). Sure, these two tanked at the box office, but is that going to stop remakes being made? Probably not.

So, if there are people complaining about superhero movies and remakes, why are there so many of them? Because people will watch them anyway…that, and the number of people complaining about superhero movies is vastly inferior to the number of people who want more of them. And with remakes, people will start with the idea that it’s going to be bad and instead of NOT going to see the movie, they’ll go see it, complain that it was bad (as most of them are) and then complain some more when they see that it’s number 1 in the box office, never once stopping to think that they had contributed to this scenario. Each and every hater who goes to see a movie even when they know it’s going to be bad is responsible for said movie gaining notoriety and money.

So no, I am not going to blame the writers for the 10000 superhero movies and remakes, because I myself am a very big fan of some of these movies, more on the hero side rather than the remake one, but guess what, it still counts! It is what it is, and this trend will change only when people will get tired of seeing the same thing over and over again, which is realistically quite impossible to achieve, mostly because of the human barin being more comfortable with something it alreay knows rather than something new.

Harry Potter – the good, the bad and the downright silly

I am probably in the minority again, but up until this year I have never read or watched any of the Harry Potter books or movies. But I finally decided to give them a try and I can safely say that the books are far better than the movies, especially from Azkaban. I have watched all the movies and am working on finishing the last two books, so sorry if I miss anything obvious in the 3 lists I’m about to present. Also, it will be a crossover between the books and the movies, which will become evident once we delve into the bad stuff.

I figured I’d list 5 of each in this post, so let’s kick this off.

THE GOOD

1. The very colorful universe

Truthfully, wizards and witchcraft are two subjects which have been used again and again in both cartoons and live action movies, but rarely does a universe have so much flavor and color as this one. From the original feel of the spells, due to the fact that they have different names than the classical ones, mostly Latin based to the large variety of colors and gimmicks such as house ghosts, magical and mythical creatures, which all have a role in the story, it’s truly a trip to a very magical place.

2. The power of friendship

This becomes even more evident starting with The Goblet of Fire, when Harry tells Cedric about the dragons and Cedric returns the favor with the whole golden egg hint. In Order of the Phoenix it jumps to the next level with the DA meetings and the final battle, where it’s not just Harry, Ron and Hermione, but many others including the adults from the Order.

3. The school nostalgia trip it takes you on

This one’s self explanatory, right? I mean you can’t help but feel nostalgic about your school years when watching this and as I’ve said in a previous post, the school years are actually some of the more important years in one’s life and are definitely filled with moments you will be remembering forever.

4. Minerva McGonagall

The adults at Hogwarts are kind of irresponsible most of the time, aside from Minerva McGonagall. She seems to be the only one that cares about student integrity (and I mean both physical and mental integrity), the only one that suggests Harry skip the Tri-Wizard Tournament, the one that protects the students when the Death Eaters take over etc. Plus, she stands up for her house students, but in a fair way (see also Snape for the exact opposite of this)

5. The wisdom of Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore made a few mistakes along the way, but most of the time he seemed like this wise old teacher you kind of wished you met during school. The one that was able to guide you through any and all challenges you might face and one of the few teachers not proud enough to admit he made a mistake (in Order of the Phoenix).

Now that we have the good out of the way, it’s time to look at the less successful parts of this franchise.

THE BAD

1. The Hogwarts curriculum (at least in the movies)

Seriously, it’s like these guys don’t learn anything useful…kind of like real life school to be honest. This is more evident in the movies though. Especially when Dobby dies. Is there NO spell that could mend his wound? Maybe it’s explained better in the books, as I’ve said, I still have 2 to go, but still…where are other useful spells for drying clothes when under water or ANY spells to protect themselves from jinxes?

2. Harry’s inability to do ANYTHING without help

For a main character, Harry is quite incapable of doing anything without some sort of help. Let’s take it movie by movie. In the Sorcerer’s Stone he manages to defeat Quirell because of Voldermort’s inability to touch him without burning, so there is that. But in Chamber of Secrets he goes into the Chamber without so much as a rock to his name in order to defend himself and has to rely on some sort of ex-machina in the form of Fawkes. In Azkaban he would have been screwed without Hermione and Albus Dumbledore. In Goblet of Fire, he would have been screwed without Hermione again (the summoning charm) and also without Hagrid, Cedric and fake Moody. While Fake Moody makes sense, as it was in his interest for Harry to win, the others…well, you get the idea. In Order of the Phoenix I get that the Order was needed because there were so many Death Eaters who had ambushed them at the Ministry. In the Half Blood Prince there wasn’t really anything he could do, Snape would have overpowered him easily should he have interviened. And in Deathly Hallows, he once again would have been screwed had it not been for Hermione.

3. The irresponsible adults

Seriously, apart from Minerva, every other adult is like: “meh, they’re kids and they’re dealing with things that even adults have trouble in mastering, what could go wrong?”. See any and all actions from Azkaban and beyond.

4. The incompetence of the Ministry of Magic

Seriously, J.K.Rowling must have really hated the Ministry when she was a teacher to have them portrayed as a bunch of buffoons with no grasp on reality. This is really evident in Order of the Phoenix (especially in the book, not so much in the movie), with Umbridge being the lead singer of the incompetence band.

5. The insane amount of info cut from the books in the movies post Chamber of Secrets

This really bugged me, because if you are a person who just wants to watch the movies, you’ll get really confused from Azkaban and beyond (more on that below).

And now, let’s lighten up with some of the more silly aspects I have noticed.

THE SILLY/FUNNY

1. The unbelievable confusion created in the movies by leaving out important aspects from the books

Examples include Hermione asking Hagrid about the Buckbeak meeting result even though no meeting was mentioned before that, Neville randomly finding the Room of Requirement without people realizing why it would be needed, Remus’s son being mentioned even though you don’t really know who he had the son with (I mean, you kinda sorta get that it’s Tonks, but without no focus on it, it’s a shock), the random wedding at the beginning of Deathly Hallows even though you hardly knew Bill and Fleur were a thing.

2. Hermione’s hormonal rage in The Half Blood Prince (the movie)

I’m actually looking forward to see if this is a thing in the book, but I found her reactions to Lavender and Ron’s fling funny…and annoying at the same time. Lavender likes Ron, she goes and kisses him. You like Ron, you sit there sulking HOPING he realizes you like him without doing a thing and then get a hissy fit…flawless logic.

3. Filch dancing with his cat at the Yule Ball

I don’t think there is anything more to say about this.

4. The portrayal of Dolores Umbridge in…most of her scenes

In the book, Dolores Umbridge is the kind of person you want to strangle, beat with a bat and then strangle her some more until her annoying “ahem, ahem” sound becomes “choke, choke”. She was a sadistic teacher who enjoyed taking everything from students and who got drunk on power. In the movies she’s just…I dunno, nothing special. I mean yeah, she takes over Hogwarts but you don’t actually feel her enjoyment of torturing students. And the satisfaction of Hermione leading her to the centaurs is all but gone.

5. He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named doesn’t really do anything that villainy up until the last movie (somewhat true also for the books)

Let’s sum up this guy’s adventures after Harry was born. He failed to kill a toddler, failed to kill the same toddler when he grew up to be a kid because of the same curse that backfired on him when the kid was a toddler, spends another almost 3 books getting back to his human-ish form, fails to kill the same kid AGAIN, this time in front of his groupies, fails to kill the same kid AGAIN at the ministry, gets rid of the only one he ever feared, fails to kill the kid AGAIN at the beginning of Deathly Hallows (the movie), gets the wand of his greatest threat which is the most powerful wand ever and fails to kill the same kid AGAIN! And to top it all off, he ends up getting killed by the same kid along with his friends. And seriously, after Harry was born, what does this guy do? Sure, he kills that old man in the beginning of Goblet of Fire (although I’m not sure if it was him or Wormtail), but most of the dirty work is done by his minions. I get why the people who fought him before Harry was born might be scared, but he doesn’t seem to do…anything. And funnily enough, after he thought he killed Harry, instead of going full psycho on everyone, he starts gloating!

So yeah, this is a bird’s eye view I have on this universe. I might end up reviewing the movies and books separately, but for now, this is all I’ve got.