In an effort to further expand the Byrd’s signature film offerings, and connect the community through enhanced cinematic experiences, August brings the first of three month-long marathons.
Screenings Mondays and Tuesdays, August 7-29, 2017, follow Harry Potter on his 8-part film series of magic and adventures, as he matures over his 7-year education at Hogwarts learning how to defeat the evil Lord Voldemort.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Ron.
Mon, 8/7: [Harry Potter and the] Sorcerer’s Stone @ 7:15p
Tue, 8/8: Sorcerer’s Stone @ 4p, Chamber of Secrets @ 7:15p
Mon, 8/14: Chamber of Secrets @ 4p, Prisoner of Azkaban @ 7:15p
Tue, 8/15: Prisoner of Azkaban @ 4p, Goblet of Fire @ 7:15p
Mon, 8/21: Goblet of Fire @ 4p, Order of the Phoenix @ 7:15p
Tue, 8/22: Order of the Phoenix @ 4p, Half-Blood Prince @ 7:15p
Mon, 8/28: Half-Blood Prince @ 4p, Deathly Hallows Pt 1 @ 7:15p
Tue, 8/29: Deathly Hallows Part 1 @4p, Deathly Hallows Part 2 @ 7:15pm
To commemorate the occasion, the Byrd has collaborated with Bonfire creating a custom t-shirt. You may preorder a t-shirt by visiting http://bonfire.com/ potterthon-2017
ABOUT HARRY POTTER
Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and muggles, a reference term that means non-magical people.
Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on 26 June 1997, the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. They have attracted a wide adult audience as well as younger readers, and are often considered cornerstones of modern young adult literature. As of May 2013, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling book series in history, and have been translated into seventy-three languages.
The popularity of the Harry Potter series has translated into substantial financial success for Rowling, her publishers, and other Harry Potter related license holders. This success has made Rowling the first and thus far only billionaire author. The books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and have also given rise to the popular film adaptations produced by Warner Bros., all of which have been highly successful in their own right. The films have in turn spawned eight video games and have led to the licensing of more than 400 additional Harry Potter products. The Harry Potter brand has been estimated to be worth as much as $25 billion.
The great demand for Harry Potter books motivated the New York Times to create a separate best-seller list for children’s literature in 2000, just before the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows became the fastest selling book in history, moving 11 million units in the first twenty-four hours of release.
Rowling demanded the principal cast be kept strictly British, nonetheless allowing for the inclusion of Irish actors such as the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and for casting of French and Eastern European actors in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire where characters from the book are specified as such.
After many directors including Steven Spielberg, Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Demme, and Alan Parker were considered, Chris Columbus was appointed on 28 March 2000 as the director for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (titled “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the United States).
Rowling had creative control on the film series, observing the filmmaking process of Philosopher’s Stone and serving as co-producer on the two-part Deathly Hallows. The Harry Potter films have been top-rank box office hits, with all eight releases on the list of highest-grossing films worldwide.
Opinions of the films are generally divided among fans, with one group preferring the more faithful approach of the first two films, and another group preferring the more stylised character-driven approach of the later films. Rowling has been constantly supportive of all the films and evaluated Deathly Hallows as her “favourite one” in the series. She wrote on her website of the changes in the book-to-film transition, “It is simply impossible to incorporate every one of my storylines into a film that has to be kept under four hours long. Obviously films have restrictions novels do not have, constraints of time and budget; I can create dazzling effects relying on nothing but the interaction of my own and my readers’ imaginations”.
– from Wikipedia