Darth Wong wrote: I tried to watch the first HP movie and stopped halfway through because I found it totally uninvolving. But apparently I'm the odd man out on this one, because the HP series is wildly popular.
Try watching 3 or 4, the first two were directed Chris Columbus and were visually boring and too hollywoodish tame. But 3, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (who is mostly known for the incredbile Y tu mamá también) and 4, by british director Mike Newell - both working outside of the Hollywood system - combined with darker book templates, are great movies. Especially because they don't fall into the trap of getting every little subplot from the books in the movie, but concentrate on the main storyline, which makes them a lot more focused that what the first two had to offer.