Which director did it best?

Every hardcore Harry Potter fan is very opinionated about the movie adaptation of their favorite series, whether it be good or bad. Many of those fans also have their favorite director of the Potter films, which has caused many conflicts in the fandom.

So which director is really the best? You can decide for yourself, but I decided to weigh the general consensus of positives and negatives that came which each director. *Note: The following does not express my personal opinion, but the opinions I came across while researching critical responses to each director’s styles.

Christopher Columbus

Director of: Philosopher’s StoneChamber of Secrets

 

 

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Why People Praise Him:

  • The films would have been completely different without him; different actors, different Hogwarts, different sets, etc.
  • He created the foundation for the future films
  • He worked well with the child actors in making them comfortable and helping them give the best possible performance
  • His movies were very true to the books

Why People Criticize Him:

  • Thought of as solely “kids films”
  • The child actors brought less than they could have

Alfonso Cuarón

Director of: Prisoner of Azkaban

 

 

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Why People Praise Him:

  • Fresh style and new factors – new actors, costume designer, set locations, set pieces, style of music, etc.
  • Unique cinematography
  • Worked with child actors on deeper characterization
  • Darker contrast from first two films

Why People Criticize Him:

  • Leaves out a lot of information and back-story from the book
  • Difficult to follow for people who have not read the book

Mike Newell

Director of: Goblet of Fire

 

 

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Why People Praise Him:

  • Captures the darker feeling
  • Had innovative techniques for getting the most out of the child actors

Why People Criticize Him:

  • Leaves out a lot of information and backstory from the book
  • Some don’t like the way relationships are presented
  • Dumbledore’s ‘shouting’ was seen as out of character

David Yates

Director of: Order of the PhoenixHalf-Blood PrinceDeathly Hallows: Part 1Deathly Hallows: Part 2

 

 

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Why People Praise Him:

  • Modern yet magical look
  • Great cinematography
  • Condenses big books without a lot of confusion

Why People Criticize Him:

  • Displays Harry and Hermione’s relationship a lot more prominently than Ron and Harry’s or Ron and Hermione’s
  • Doesn’t portray the romance as well as it could’ve been
  • Ginny’s character was not well fleshed out
  • Harry is too “moody” in OOTP

Did this change your opinion of the directors? What would you add to the praise/criticize lists? Who’s your favorite director overall? Let me know in the comments!