"My character motivation is that I'm too sad."
The edits remove all of his "I'm not so sure about all of this" stuff and gets his watch stuck at Kill Orc o'clock. The edits also create numerous flashbacks. Don't worry about missing all of the iconic, exciting scenes from the original trilogy. Inevitably, someone will painstakingly remember them and ruin the flow of the movie entirely. The story of a few Hobbits constantly being reminded of cooler things that happened a week ago, just like Tolkien would've wanted.
Wizardhood Combined Every Harry Potter Movie In ... 78 Minutes
Usually, when people edit together entire series of movies, they kind of defeat the purpose of editing them down. "Hey, I took the first three X-Men films and edited them together to a much more manageable length of 240 minutes." That's what I thought when I saw that someone had edited together all eight Harry Potter films. "I really managed to trim all of the unnecessary scenes from the Harry Potter franchise, and now you can finish them all by tomorrow."
"Oh, great. Wake me up around when Voldemort shows up as a little fetus demon."
But Tim Stiefler's Wizardhood is something special. Under no circumstances am I claiming that it somehow fixes the Harry Potter series. If you want to get the full Harry Potter cinematic experience, you better rustle up your DVDs and call in sick. Instead, he creates the equivalent of what many studio heads imagined they'd be doing when they purchased the rights to a film series that has multiple instalments: putting them all together. That is, before every film series had to end with a Sixth Sequel: Part Two.
The main characters (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) are pretty intact, though any slow sense of growth and personal achievement is replaced by BOOM, YOU'RE CONFIDENT. YOU WEREN'T, AND NOW YOU ARE. The people that get cut back the most are, expectedly, the side characters. Hagrid goes from being a lovable confidante to a giant that just adores being in the background of shots. McGonagall showed up to the set for a day before disappearing forever. And Snape transforms into Hogwarts' most questionable hiring decision.
"Your resume says that you hate kids and that you've never not hated kids. You start next Tuesday."
So, you can't really look at Wizardhood as even a Harry Potter Greatest Hits collection. Rather, it's a glorious tribute to 1999, when Steven Spielberg was in line to direct Harry Potter, combine a few of the books, and make it animated. It's a whimsical ode to any time before Peter Jackson tackled The Lord Of The Rings that someone thought that it would be way better if you could fit them all into a two-hour time span. It's a beautiful homage to an alternate world where a Warner Bros. executive tried for a half second to pronounce "Azkaban" before deciding that children would like this wizard gibberish way more if they could finish the whole story during lunch.
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