Five on Friday Set 77

Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011 by Travis Cody in

Happy Harry Potter Day!

The final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, premiers this weekend and today is the day we'll be seeing it with my mom.  I'm pretty stoked.

Yes, I said it.  I'm stoked about a kid's movie and I'm not in the least embarrassed.  It was a terrific series of books and a great series of films.  There's a lot more going on in these films than just an adaptation of an acclaimed series of youth fiction.

There are some pretty serious themes in this series...dealing with death and loss at a young age, enduring abuse and bullying from the adults charged with your care, overcoming prejudice, power and the abuse of power, and freedom of choice.  Over all is the simple theme of adolescence and the challenges involved just to grow up, and the choice between doing what is right or doing what is easy.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released in the UK on 30 June 1997.  It was released in the US as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on 1 September 1998.  Today's Set is music from Academy Award winning composer John Williams, who wrote the score for the first three Harry Potter films.

Most of them you'll know with your eyes closed after the first few notes.

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  1. Enjoy the movie! We haven't even seen part I yet... (sigh). Hubby and the girls loved those books.

  1. Jamie says:

    Our household is stoked right along with you. The grandson is off visiting so the two adults here have no excuse for the trek they are making Saturday morning to say goodbye to Harry. Love that little wizard.

    This week I'm practicing my Spanish

  1. Thanks for the movie themes.I love it.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I love the Harry Potter films :)

  1. Definitely a great series of books. Loved 'em all.

  1. arachnerd says:

    Those movies absolutely would not be the same without John Williams' scores. He has done some awesome stuff, man! Thanks for that walk down memory lane.

  1. Lisa says:

    Enjoy the movie Trav-I hear it's spectacular. On the way to work I was listening to NPR and they talked about how difficult it will be to find another movie series in which you, your brother/sister, your wife/husband, father/mother all want to go see. I think that's right.

  1. AWESOME set - I've been a John Williams fan since 1977. Summer of.

    Happy Harry Potter Day, Travis - Brad and I are off to see it tomorrow. Already have the tickets...

  1. Jamie says:

    Went today and put up this review on Rotten Tomatoes

    In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, they did the ending right. While a smidge slow in spots at the end you don't want it to ever end which is the way Harry should be. We now have a story for the ages, the one you take the grandchildren to see and make a part of their childhood so that they can take their grandchildren.

  1. Trav: Great set choice. I hope you enjoyed the movie. Goodnight has been excited beyond words and watching the previous movies in order over the last few days just to get herself even more stoked than she was.

  1. Jamie says:

    Gave you an award (The same one Mimi gave you) so you get two. Come and get it.

  1. John Williams is a genius...

    Never got into the books, so have never seen any of the movies..

    hope you enjoyed and are having a most excellent vacation

  1. Linda says:

    I loved listening to this set as I made my other blog rounds; the music reminded me of so many good movies that I've seen in the past and how I've always loved me a good soundtrack.

    Amanda went to see HP the other night with her friend and said that it made her sad because it was the last one. I'll see it when some of the hub-bub dies down and can find some free time to sit in a theater and do nothing but be entertained. The idea is very appealing!