We are Wizards

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As the popularity of author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series expands to create a whole new breed of rabid fantasy fanatics, filmmaker Josh Koury explores the curious culture that has emerged around the most instantly recognizable young wizard in the history of youth fiction. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for We are Wizards

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  • The documentary sweetly focuses our attention on the way human creativity transforms everything around it. Often in the nuttiest of ways, true. But still, it's a good thing.

    Jan 22, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As with most uncontrollable pop-cultural phenomena, the various groups and organizations that have popped up around the Harry Potter franchise are more fascinating than the bespectacled object of their slavish devotion.

    Nov 20, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Drew Toal

    Time Out
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  • [Director] Koury doesn't make any points in We Are Wizards, particularly, but he stylishly shares the love.

    Nov 20, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Mostly We Are Wizards is a loving, if flawed, tribute to creativity and artistic freedom.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A fun project that doesn't quite reach its potential, Josh Koury's doc is still worthwhile for anyone who can't wait until 2009 to see Harry Potter back on the big screen.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The filmmaker Josh Koury has latched onto a great subject for We Are Wizards, his peek at some of the more engaged fans circulating in the Harry Potter world.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for We are Wizards

  • Jan 04, 2010
    It shows me a world I didn't know existed - a whole music scene dedicated to Harry Potter emo rock - but doesn't compare with any prior documentaries on fandoms, and is actually quite boring. I really haven't more to say than that; this isn't Trekkies and don't expect to learn much for those sociology/communications/media students out there who need to do a fandom paper and want some references.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2009
    I got bored and tuned out more than once while watching this flick. There were a few really good parts that dealt with issues fans had with Warner Bros over fan sites but then rest of the movie dragged on and really didn't have a direction. The music the bands played was not really all that good and only would appeal to those fans who have let the world of Harry Potter over shadow the real world they live in. Not something to be proud of. Slow documentary that I can recommend to anyone to watch.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2009
    <i>We Are Wizards</i> is an entertainingly enough documentary, but the filmmaker never really seems to decide on one message he wants to say about Harry Potter fans.
    Andrew F Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2008
    [28th Atlantic Film Festival] Follows the story of Harry Potter die-hard bands. You get Harry and the Potters (band), fansite owners, and all sorts of hypothetically intriguing personalities. I have read the books, watched some of the movies, and generally enjoyed them, so you would think I would be entertained by a film of this nature. Hey, Trekkies worked, right? Unfortunately, as a film, Wizards is a huge failure, and this simply has to lay completely at the feet of director Josh Koury. The good thing is it views its subject matter as people instead of freaks. The downside; this film has absolutely no pacing or continuity at all. It's essentially a sequence of disconnected, seemingly never ending events. They go back, and back, and back, to each person, with little of interest happening. Five times I thought the film was about to end, but then went on another half an hour. The actual ending was also dragged on forever. This was 90 minutes that felt more like 4 hours. I went to this with someone who was an even bigger Potter fan than me, and they felt the same way. I could only recommend this to the absolutely truly hardcore Potter fan. Not worth seeing for the 10-20 minutes of intrigue.
    Curt C Super Reviewer

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