The Harry Potter Films

"It's literature, it is about what we are like, about deeper things than just telling stories. It's just that it's aimed at an audience who don't drink a lot of chardonnay."
     -- Robbie Coltrane ("Hagrid")

"the rebellion begins" movie poster for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," copyright Warner Brothers.Index to this page
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The Harry Potter films are film adaptations of the books.

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Film 1
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) (U.S. title)

Film 2
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Film 3
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Film 4
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Film 5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Film 6
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

About the Harry Potter films in Rowling's own words

These are comments drawn from the published interviews with JKR. All of these interviews are copyrighted to their various sources.


What do you think about the movie? Do you think that it'll destroy the adventure of the books?
If I believed that, I wouldn't have sold the film rights!

Are you having a lot of input on the new Harry Potter movie?
I've been allowed a lot of input. They have been very generous in allowing me to make my opinions heard!

How hard was it to pick the actors to play the characters in the movie?
I didn't pick them, so easy for me! But I think they are wonderful.

AOL CHAT (October 19, 2000)

Ms. Rowling, do you think that making a Harry Potter movie will help people understand the books or will it ruin the imagination for the books?
I don't think people need help understanding the books. I hope the film will be really good and not disappoint the fans. Personally, I can't wait to watch Quidditch.


How were you involved in making the Harry Potter films and did Hogwarts look like you had imagined it?
Hogwarts looks just as I imagined it. It was the most bizarre experience when I walked onto the set of the Great Hall; it really was like walking into my own brain.

Do you think that the films reflect well on the books?
I think they're pretty faithful to the books. Hogwarts looks just as I imagined it; I had a lot of input on how the various locations look.

Were you consulted at all when the actors were chosen for the movie?
Yes, Chris Columbus, who was the director of the first film, asked me if there was anybody I thought would be good and I said 'RobbieColtraneForHagrid' in one breath.

Do you think a film no longer than the first two films can do justice to a book as long and complex as Goblet of Fire?
I think that they will have to simplify the plot somewhat. Steve Kloves, the scriptwriter, is really good and if anyone can do the essence of the book justice, he can.

Would you like to see the same actors portray the trio in all 7 movies?
Yes, I would. I really like all three of them.

Primary editor: Michele Worley. Original page date 6 September, 2005; Last page update 2-May-2007.