Sorry, Richard Linklater, But Harry Potter Did Boyhood First

Do you remember Richard Linklater’s much-lauded film of 2014, Boyhood? It was highly praised for being a realistic portrayal of one young boy’s coming-of-age story, done by checking in with the same cast at one-year intervals between 2003 and 2013 in order to capture the aging of the titular boy in real time. It was all very exciting.


But, the more that I think about it, the more I realize that this concept was basically lifted from the Harry Potter franchise. 


Harry Potter in Boyhood

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Think about it: between 2001 and 2011, a film crew caught up with the same group of children at approximately one-year intervals to tell the tale of a young boy’s coming-of-age. In fact, I would venture to say that Harry Potter does Boyhood better than Boyhood. For one thing, the Harry Potter series produced eight films, rather than a lonely singular piece, and had significantly higher production value. Did Boyhood have dragons? No, and therefore I rest my case. 


One might like to argue that Boyhood is a more successful portrayal of the human condition and a far more realistic take on the trappings of a tumultuous and tragic family life, but remember when Dobby died? Truly a heart-wrenching emotional journey.

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