Casting the Final Spell: A Farewell to Harry Potter

Today Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is released, bringing with it the end of the Harry Potter saga.  It’s hard to believe that in 1997 J.K. Rowling’s first novel in the Harry Potter series was published.  Fast forward 14 years later, the elaborate world that Rowling created is the most financially successful movie series ever created with movies 1-7 grossing $6.3 billion worldwide

I did not catch on to the Harry Potter craze until the first movie came out on DVD, but as soon as I saw the first movie, I was hooked.  Around a month or so later, the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released to the general public.  It was the first Harry Potter book I read and to this day, one of my favorite books to read, which is funny because the movie is my least favorite one.  Just no less than an hour ago, I saw the final film and I have to say that I am happy with how Warner Brothers handled the whole movie series.  Is it a perfect adaptation of the books?  No, there have been some issues here and there with things I would like to have seen in the movies that were in the books but knowing what I know of the pacing and running time of movies, some things from the books would not be able to fit in the movies for those reasons.  The films are more true adaptations of their print counterparts than any other film that was made from a book.

One of the main reasons why the movie series has been successful is because of the exceptional cast that gave these literary characters life.  The ones who cast Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson in the first movie are to commended because these three actors were the perfect choices to play the Harry Potter saga’s three main characters.  The three of them have grown up right before eyes, like their characters, and played these roles with the complexities that J.K. Rowling wrote in the books.

I still have mixed feelings about the fact that Warner Brothers jumped on the bandwagon and made the last film of the Harry Potter series in 3D.  Having seen this film in 3D, I have to say that it wasn’t 100% necessary.  The film was not a 3D driven film but it was utilized in some great and creative ways.  Plus, the 3D glasses look like Harry’s glasses, making for a great souvenir.

Minor gripes about the 3D aside, I do think that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the best movie in the series and is, like the book, a fitting end to the fantastic literary masterpiece that J.K. Rowling created.


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