Harry Potter: How have the films compared to the books?

harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-220.jpgCanadians are preparing for one last burst of Harry Pottermania as the series' final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, officially opens in theatres this week.

J.K. Rowling published her first book about the boy wizard in 1997 to immense critical and commercial success. Since then, the Potter empire has expanded to include six more bestselling novels and a film franchise that has grossed more than $6 billion worldwide.

While many beloved books have been adapted for the big screen, the results are often mixed.
The Potter film series, however, has been lauded for retaining many of the elements that made the books such a popular phenomenon.

How do you think the Harry Potter films have compared to the books? Did you prefer following the story of the boy wizard on the big screen or on the page? What are your favourite book-to-movie adaptations?

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