With the final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise coming out, we thought it would be fun to revisit the phenomenon with a special edition series of Harry Potter Book v Movie columns.
By: J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A Levine Books
Copyright Date: US Edition July 21, 2007
Number of Pages: 784
Reason for Reading: It’s Harry Potter, do we need a reason?
Director: David Yates
Release Date: July 15, 2011(USA)
Running Time: 130 minutes
IMDB Linkage: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1201607/
There’s a moment in the last book where Harry is walking to meet his fate. It should be terribly sad, and it is, but it’s also rather poignant and beautiful because he’s not alone. Harry has discovered the secret hidden inside the snitch and is rewarded with the company of those he loves best. I’m sure Harry was terribly frightened-the task given him by Professor Dumbledore, and inadvertently, by Voldemort is horrible enough for a grown person to face, much less a teenage boy. But Harry is comforted by the presence of those who fought before him: his parents, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin. Harry finds that he’s not quite as fearful with them by his side, and though the task is still dreadful, he can face it. At the end of the day, the through line of Harry Potter has always been about love. Harry started off seeking it desperately-his position as seeker on his Quidditch team almost a literal metaphor. It’s this message that I took away from Harry Potter. Like most fans, I’d be thrilled if JK Rowling gave us more (and pottermore.com is just what the doctor ordered), but she ended it perfectly. Love brought Harry into the world. Love prepared him for his destiny. Love made him strong and confident. Love destroyed hate. And, finally, Love gave Harry a reason to keep going when he thought he was through.
LIGHT SPOILER WARNING:
For the price of one, we give you the opinion of three quirky girls. Jehara, Faith and Izzy (that’s me) just got back from the midnight dork viewing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part the Second. The movie was brilliant, to quote the superior Faith (or awesome if you wish to quote the equally superior Jehara). I liked it as well and believe that combined with Part One, this is easily the best movie from this franchise. The three leads have continued to grow as actors and seem to know their characters so well that they fully embody them. As always, the supporting cast was terrific. We must give particular praise to Alan Rickman’s performance as Severus Snape. Julie Walters’ impassioned defense of her daughter was an especial highlight as was the added dialogue given to Alan Rickman in Snape’s finest hour. Harry’s meeting with his loved ones in the forest (see above) was very poignant. We also appreciated the juxtaposition of the humor with the extremely dark subject matter. Two high points: McGonagall’s defense of Hogwarts (yay!! stone knights!!) and Helena Bonham Carter’s bravo performance as Hermione as Bellatrix. As always, there were many changes to JK Rowling’s book, but most were apt and served the story well. One of our few gripes of the script was Harry throwing about the word “horocrux” willy-nilly. We also wish Harry and Dumbledore’s scene at King’s Cross hadn’t been so drastically abbreviated and we admit that the Gringotts break-in was anti-climactic. Finally, we wish some elements of the book Battle of Hogwarts had made it into the film, particularly Harry’s vindication of Severus Snape in front of the entire school. Overall, however, this was a fantastic finale to a brilliant film series.
This is a book review blog. It’s almost always going to be the book, but we reiterate again that this was an outstanding finale.