WHY I LOVED NOT KNOWING HOW IT WOULD ALL END
Harry Potter has been a phenomenon since the beginning and so many people know the story. I went to see the final Harry Potter movie with absolutely no knowledge of how the story of ends. Would ‘The Boy Who Lived” die? Will the other major characters survive? Is Snape good or evil? How will they wrap up such an epic and wonderful story?
Fans of the books went in knowing exactly how the events would unfold. I think it’s a tale of two different types of rabid fans. There are those who are obsessed with the books and love the films and there are those who haven’t read the books yet adore the films.
As a member of group two, I was ecstatic as the lights dimmed in the theater because it was finally time to learn the fate of the wizarding world, Hogwarts and Harry Potter…
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2
I wasn’t a particularly big fan of Part 1 simply because the movie functioned only as a setup for Part 2. The events that unfolded were crucial to the story but as a whole, you really need to see both films to appreciate the first half.
Part 2 is a masterpiece. It’s an awesome conclusion to a movie series that spanned an entire decade. An 8 film struggle to rid the world of Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Not knowing what happened was a blessing in disguise because when Harry Potter’s fate was revealed, I was absolutely shocked. I smiled ear to ear. I couldn’t believe how J.K Rowling managed to tie all seven books together and still save the biggest surprises for the end. Above all else, the film manages to incorporate incredibly high levels of emotion amongst countless breathtaking action sequences.
The stakes were never higher and the struggle to overcome evil was a joy to watch.
HARRY POTTER 7.2: THE FINAL ACT
A lot of giant action films do a fantastic job setting up the main villain but the final act always feels rushed and he/she is defeated too easily. How many times have you been disappointed by a 2-3 minute final battle that doesn’t justify the hours you spent anticipating it?
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 IS the final act. The entire film feels like the grandest final battle in cinematic history. How many other stories have the luxury of having an entire film to wrap up their tales? These characters do not have it easy. Destroying Voldemort is a mission that’s taken seven films to set up and the filmmakers did an amazing job with the pay off.
Watching Hogwarts get utterly destroyed while the heroes we have grown to love defend it is nothing less than an incredible achievement. An achievement overshadowed only by the immense struggle Harry has trying defeat his nemesis. I was amazed at how much story they packed in between the action. Particularly when it comes to Severus Snape and the conclusion of his tragic journey. It’s remarkable how powerful 5-10 minutes of exposition can be when done well.
Indeed, everything has led to this. Every moment of all these characters lives led them to this final epic battle and in the center of it all, Harry Potter. Finally, we get the showdown between Harry and Voldemort. Finally, we get to the end and it was worth every second we waited. And that wait was made possible by each film’s ability to give us incredible moments that have captured our imaginations for years.
I was blown away by the finale of Harry Potter. With so much pressure to deliver something great, director David Yates delivered something extraordinary. I can’t wait to own them all and watch the entire tale from start to finish.
However, one question remains… Is it now time to read the books?
XTRA | Click here for more reviews.
HARRY POTTER & THE SCREENWRITER
I spend a lot of time writing about screenwriting on this blog so I wanted to take a moment to truly appreciate Steve Kloves. You may know him as the screenwriter of EVERY Harry Potter film with the exception of The Order of the Phoenix. Of course, it all begins with J.K Rowling’s brilliant novels but this will stand next to, if not higher than The Lord of the Rings as the best film adaptation in history. Each and every one of these films is a work of art and credit has to go to the skillful writing of Steve Kloves.
One day, I’d love to get my hands on the entire set of screenplays for the Harry Potter films. I’d love to read them and the novels together to learn how to properly adapt something so challenging. I’ve never attempted an adaptation and can only fathom the pressure he must have felt to get it right. Not only do you have to please the fans but also the author of the source material all while trying to write something you can be proud to call your own. I’d love to sit down with Mr. Kloves one day and talk about his journey with Harry Potter. (I’d also love to know what it was like to reboot The Amazing Spider-Man)
Until that day, I found these interviews enlightening:
EMPIRE | Steve Kloves talks Harry Potter
COLLIDER | Steve Kloves talks Harry Potter & The Amazing Spider-Man (video)