The eight Harry Potter movies are a heckuva journey, and it’s one we’re happy to relive thanks to The Belcourt’s Saturday Kid Show series. We’re not just talking about the obvious journey young Harry takes in the plot: a neglected kid is plucked from the London suburbs and sent to wizarding school, where he gains confidence and friends (oh, and fights to save the world from ultimate evil).
There’s also the progression crafted by author J.K. Rowling: The simple narrative of the first books deepens as Harry grows up, adding themes of loss, anger and sacrifice. And the eight movies show a marked progression in filmmaking artistry, from slow and stuffy in the first two installments to exhilarating later on. I’ll never forget the ignition wrought to the series by live-wire director Alfonso Cuarón in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
But the loveliest evolution is that of the three leads: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron), as they mature before us from chipper pre-teens to young adult actors of grace and nuance a decade later. The eight movies screen on consecutive Saturdays at 10 a.m. at The Belcourt, starting this weekend with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on Nov. 16 and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on Jan. 4. Check out The Belcourt's awesome trailer above.