Magical movies or bewitching books?

November 13, 2010, 1:30 AM GMT+0

Last night marked the beginning of the end for the spectacularly popular Harry Potter movie franchise as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 made its world premiere at London’s Leicester Square, but it seems the debate still rages on over whether the books or the films are best.

We asked around 700 of our British panellists to give their verdict, and found opinion to be as strongly as the divided as the wizarding world in the grip of He Who Must Not Be Named.

Many felt the books, written by J.K. Rowling, were the better choice.

But many firm fans felt that the movies made up for ‘the inadequacies’ of the books.

Others can take or leave both options.

  • ‘Bin the lot!’ said one, while a couple defected entirely from the franchise and argued that ‘The Lord of the Rings is the only way to go’ when it comes to fantasy fables.
  • The final book in the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows, has been split into two films, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, with the first instalment hitting our screens on November 19th, and the final part following in July 2011.