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Harry Potter Is Better Than Star Wars and Star Trek

Objectively speaking, the wizards' movies deliver more consistent quality than the Jedis' and Klingons'. Sorry.

Dave Swindle


November 28, 2012 - 9:00 am
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Every single Potter film stands on its own two feet. When The Wife and I acquire the Blu Ray box set linked above, we won’t skip any titles when we redo our marathon someday. Pressed to name the weak link in the chain I cannot. They’re all fun, exciting, family-oriented adventure films drawing from the collective mythologies of Western civilization.

But even during my intense adolescent days of Star Wars and Star Trek obsessive fandom I — like virtually all geeks — readily acknowledged their shortcomings. The nails-on-a-chalkboard dialogue and cardboard characters of the unwatchable prequel trilogy. The strange way only the even numbered Trek movies performed. Skip The Motion Picture, The Search for Spock, The Final Frontier, Generations, and Insurrection and you won’t miss much. And with the failure of the last Trek film, the even-numbered Nemesis in 2002, it seemed to signal the death of Gene Roddenberry’s vision on the big screen. Thankfully J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot Star Trek points toward a more promising future.

But it’ll still take 7 more Abrams-style Star Treks or George Lucas-free, Disney Star Wars sequels to bring the franchises back up to the level of consistent quality that Harry Potter already delivered.

It looks to me like the main competition to the Potter films’ cinematic supremacy will come from a different direction…


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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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