As you can tell, if not don’t feel bad, this is going to be about Harry Potter the damn boy who lived. Based off of a novel by J.K. Rowling about a boy who lived his childhood in a cupboard under the stairs and suddenly was told he’s probably the most famous wizard in Britain, and that his parents did not die in a car accident. The books are a treasure on their own, but the movies? A work of art and a great family film to torture the people in your life with, with 10 plus hours of films and behind the scenes special editions.
(If you can’t tell, I have done this to my poor fiancé. Multiple times.)
I am awed at the dedication the producer, David Heyman, had to stay true to the books. He literally sat down with Jo (the author of HP) and kept her in the loop of the entire works. She was asked to be talk to the script writer, to explain how Hogwarts looked to the set designer and visual designer Stuart Craig. She helped jumpstart the first film to take off. And boy was it a big one, $317.6 million from a $125 million budget!
I have been obsessed with the HP series since I was eight; I know it’s a late start for someone who was born when the books came out. I was first introduced to the series through the movies being shown on ABC Family one holiday season. Ever since I have been hooked! It’s a fascinating concept and engaging storyline! Evil, yet not that evil, villains and characters that are even worse than the villain itself. (I’m pretty sure we all know who. Think PINK.) Heroes that aren’t clear and flawed. UGH I love this series.
The movies were a work of art. Honestly, I didn’t even think that the hippogriff was CGI-ed. I literally thought, “Did they put wings on a horse?” I thought they BUILT the Hogwarts castle and quidditch pitch. Not once did I think it was all fake and stuff. Funnily enough it was due to Harry Potter that I started having a serious interest in movie making. By chance I saw a behind-the-scenes special and I was mind-blown. Ever since I’ve been watching commentaries and documentaries of film making.
So by now I’m pretty sure you know why I titled my blog what it is. Due to my extreme interest of this series and how it kickstarted my interest in film making, I have spent a lot of money towards my hobbies. A LOT OF MONEY, and that is why he is The Boy Who Ruined My Wallet.