Seekers Guide To Harry Potter
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Seekers interested in the meeting of fantasy literature and contemporary religious movements should find this DVD an extremely worthwhile part of their collection. --epages.wordpress.com
First and foremost this documentary is a personal journey in which Dr. Geo Athena Trevarthen draws parallels between the Harry Potter novels and her own experiences related to mysticism. --10kbullets.com
Top Customer Reviews
It mostly consists of some New Age tart trying to convince the audience of how deep and spiritual she is by pontificating on the obvious mystical symbolism in the Rowling's universe. She shamelessly cites her lineage in a "Scots-Irish tradition" - that apparently utilizes the rituals from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn complete with the Hebraic names of God - as the basis for her expertise. What little content there is interrupted with pointless segues of her dancing, performing rituals, and making significant glances at the camera to further convince you that she is a truly mystical being.
Watch only if you feeling in the mood for a bit of schadenfreude.
The direction is cheesy and comical at best; the information is sparse; and the extra footage is overused and slightly ridiculous. The professor is certainly qualified, but the way she is portrayed makes her seem like a quack.
Here are some prime examples.
While shooting B-roll film (filler, or extra footage), she swung a sword around pretending to fight with it. That exact footage was used at least five separate times, in slow motion, with melodramatic music playing in the background.
Instead of using a straight-forward documentary style, the filmmakers used a corny method to imply that she was magical. The professor would fade slowly in and out of a scene, as if by magic. Instead of adding an interesting layer of depth or meaning, it was a poor way to distract from what she said -- the entire reason why someone would watch the DVD in the first place.
During scenes when she practiced ... something -- it was never specified or explained what she was doing -- she drew pentagrams in the air (a five-pointed star), a small section would be in English, but most of the ceremony was in a language we didn't understand or nothing was said at all. Instead of being interesting or clearly having something to do with the Harry Potter series, it made her look a little nutty and us uncomfortable. Any context would have made it enlightening and possibly interesting.
There are other examples, but I don't want to waste anyone's time. If you buy this, please note that I warned you.
I'm not an avid harry potter fan, but have some exposure to the books and movies, and i must say, this film has little to do with the series. In actuality it is a film that comes off as pretentious and self-indulgent. The majority of its run time is spent on, what i can only imagine is, someone's first attempt at cinematography. Meaning, you get long, drawn-out, scenes that use horrible tricolor filters and special post-product effects that are either used too much or have no purpose and all which is accompanied by boring repetitive music. These scenes are the real content of this film, the few bits of "filler", if you will, are the good Dr rambling on about generalities that could be said about any series, not just harry potter. Even worse, these ramblings often contain little to no factual information, but rather are just monologues about her personal (and general) interpretations on the harry potter series.
In effect, what you get is roughly 20 minutes of actual "content" (term applied very loosely) in the 80 minutes of run time. And not to sound paranoid, but i find any review that gives this higher than 3 stars to be very suspect, as even a forgiving reviewer would be hard pressed to find anything in this "documentary" that would warrant a higher rating.
And on an tangent topic, what is Trevarthen's doctorate in? I looked on her site but don't see it explicitly stated anywhere. Actually, at the time of this writing, the page listing her qualifications is listed as "under construction".Read more ›
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I've seen all the Harry Potter films multiple times, been there for the opening showing on several, etc. I'm a big fan obviously. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by kdeva7
I, of course, like most of you reading this, am a fan of the Harry Potter films. This is an excellent companion piece to the movies that provides insight and background. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Shane
This DVD works on a number of levels. It's an English major's analysis of the books, and also a personal, first-person commentary by Dr. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by B. Hauser
Keeping it simple: This is NOT what 90% of the typical Harry Potter Fans think it is.
My daughter is a highschool student and has grown up on Harry Potter, and we bought... Read more
As a trained magician I easily saw everything she was doing from her ceremonial magical demonstrations to the symbolism she thoughtfully works through. Read morePublished on September 4, 2011 by Philogaia
I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I did like this DVD because it exposed some secrets that I wouldn't have even known were secrets unless I watched this DVD. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by Smiley M
This documentary was shabby at best. The film looks as though it was put together by a 13-year old stoned out of their gourd. Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by J_FRESH