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Monday, July 18, 2011

Harry Potter's last Hollywood hurrah

Like many of you this weekend,I went to the multiplex to pay my final cinematic respects to the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 had quite the farewell party at the box office,making nearly 170 million in it's opener alone and no doubt those figures will rise with the number of repeat viewings both here and across the globe.

Beyond the cash count,however,lies the true success of this string of fantasy film and a good portion of that is due to great casting. Not only were there just about anyone who's anyone in British cinema on hand in key parts as well as small supporting roles,the smartest choice in casting was in choosing Emma Watson,Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe as Hermoine,Ron and Harry.

By sticking with these three unknown but talented young people,audiences were granted the opportunity to watch these characters literally grow up before their eyes and see their acting skills blossom over time.

Radcliffe,in particular,has been making strides toward a acting career beyond Harry Potter and the odds on him pulling that off are good,indeed. He's more than able to hold his own with the best that England has to offer but commands an excellent screen presence based upon his own merits to boot:

Speaking of England,a crucial decision in bringing the HP series to the screen was in keeping things British. The whole favor of the seven part story is rooted in the literary lore of that country and setting the films in America would've been as fatal as a basilisk fang to a horcrux for faithful readers eager to see these books come to full color life on film.

Granted,the adaptation process did lead to leaving out quite a bit of back story on certain characters at times and the eliminating of minor contributors to the series.

As much as it would have been delightful to see Peeves the pesky poltergeist or more about the house elves,that loss was made up for with moments that even the books only left to our imagination and several surprises that enhanced the charms of what readers were expecting to happen:

I've been talking a lot about the books,which may make those who only know Harry from the movies feel slightly left out but there's no way of not mentioning them. J.K. Rowling has been truly blessed as an author and not just from the whirlwind success of her YA fantasy saga that reached beyond the children's section of libraries and bookstores.

Rowling was also privileged to be directly consulted on each and every film,allowed to give a yea or nay on certain elements without stifling the creativity of the directors or screenwriters on board. Most writers have had to settle for at least their actual books being around for folks to see their original vision but even with changes and compromises,J.K. Rowling managed to bring her true version of the wizarding world to the big screen for all to enjoy:

For many of us,this is our second goodbye to Harry and friends and doubling that sweet sorrow has been a pleasure. While the books and films will now be consigned to the shelves of libraries print,video and in the near future,digital,the legacy of Harry Potter will live on for generations to come.

The best of all the benefits that Harry Potter has given to our pop culture world is the uniting of fans,from kids just discovering the joys of reading to adults no longer hiding their love of great genre storytelling. Friendships have been forged in the fires of Potterdom and family ties as well,which is something that Harry himself would be happy to been a part of.

As we thank everyone who made this wonderful phenomenon as strong as it is and was,we should also turn to the person next to us and thank him/her for taking this journey with us and making the ride that much more of a thrilling adventure of the heart:

1 comment:

Ladytink_534 said...

We went to see it Saturday night. It was a fantastic film but it still makes me incredibly sad to think that it's over now. I'm re-reading the books again and I just finished the third one a few moments ago.