Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale receives an action-comedy remake with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. Told from the perspective of the lab assistant Igor (Radcliffe) the movie promises to deliver high-octane monster action from a formidable cast. But what makes the Frankenstein tale stand the test of time? Why do we keep returning to Victor’s lab after two centuries of horror?
Harry Potter, the person, turned 33 years old this week, on July 31. Okay, fine, he's not real, but real people (like Simon Pegg) were celebrating his birthday.
Also happening this week: new cover art for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was revealed and J.K. Rowling released Remus Lupin's biography in Pottermore... none of which you probably know or care about unless you like the franchise.
I know, guys: liking "Harry Potter" books and movies is nerdy. Loving it is even nerdier. But I don't care. I'll always be a fan because "Harry Potter" was such a great part of my childhood. Here are 7 reasons why the Harry Potter franchise the best.
1. The books
The "Harry Potter" books got a whole generation of kids reading, and not just a little bit, but hefty, several-hundred-page novels. Harry Potter transformed the literacy rate among young people. If that's not something phenomenal, I'm not sure what is.