Other Selections from the List
- The Princess Bride
- The Golden Compass
- Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
- The Wizard of Oz
- Harry Potter
- The Lord of the Rings
Year of Release:2001 –
Based on: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Director: Various Studio:
This is my third choice only due to the fact that it is clearly targeted at young people. The Harry Potter series is an eight book series made into eight movies and was written by J.K. Rowling as “YP fantasy”. Mind you, I don’t consider “young peoples” fantasy to be any less enjoyable than other forms. I only point is out because the themes are much more simplistic than those you find in “Excalibur” or “Lord of the Rings“.
It does meet the criteria for the list and I think that everyone would agree that each movie is faithful to the book that spawned it. Even the earlier episodes, which are much more “YA”, are great escapism and isn’t that why we go to see Fantasy. It was so nice to see Harry grow up on our movie screens. And he did grow up in the series. The last few movies were darker and much more adult than the first ones.