Fortunately for me I have read all of the Harry Potter books, but it’s unfortunate that in the past, my passion for the books has dampened my spirit when it comes to watching the films. I’m sure most of the readers felt frustrated in the past when certain parts of the storyline weren’t portrayed properly in the film or the most important key moments were not included. I voiced my frustration when I wrote ‘The problem between Harry Potter books and the films’ a week ago. However, since I learnt that J.K. Rowling herself, was one of the producers of both Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2, I decided to watch the films with an open mind. Because how could it fail when the author has more power in the making of the film?
The film starts off relatively slow, I was half expecting it to go full speed right at the start after the ending of Part 1. I’m glad it started off slow because it shows they thought about how it was going to come together in two parts. You are immediately given the impression in the first 30 minutes of the film that there is going to be a lot of fast flowing magical action scenes. And with each minute passing by you can feel the end of an era. Even right at the start, the director David Yates, gives the audience the feeling of the inevitable closure of the story. I could actually feel my childhood slipping away with each second the film came closer to the end.
The battle scenes are impressive, being much better than I first imagined and longer too. The gasps of desperation and fight from the characters gave you goosebumps like no other Harry Potter film has given you before. It’s not as emotional as I thought it would have been, but it still engrosses you in to the point that you can’t keep your eyes off the screen. And if you didn’t understand Horcruxes in part 1, which I get the feeling some people didn’t, well luckily you can’t get away from the term in this film because it drills it in your head that the Horcruxes are the key to defeating Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).
In terms of dialogue, don’t expect a lot of close emotional talks between characters because you got all that in part 1. Expect fighting talk, wizard fighting talk if that’s what you want to call it. However, there are a few moments that will take you by surprise, you’ll see.
In terms of the storyline, I was shocked with the accuracy of the plot from the books. Not only did they manage to fit in the most important parts, but they executed it really well. And I can’t help but think it was J.K. Rowling’s input that sparked such a brilliant Harry Potter film, imagine if she had valuable input from the start…
I know I’ve criticized Daniel Radcliffe in the past for his acting, however there’s not much criticism on his part in the film. Maybe this is because most of the film involves action scenes. But he justifies an ending which is all we really asked from him. Rupert Grint and Emma Watson did their usual best and the love story looked way more convincing between Ron and Hermione when the feeling of desperation was involved. You should also lift your hats to Alan Rickman, who has managed to stick consistently with his character’s motive from the start, doing so fantastically. What would Harry Potter be like without Severus Snape.
For book fans, non-book fans, adults and children, this film will feel like a real end of an era because that’s what the mood of the film gives you. For the first time since reading the books I felt like I’ve truly parted ways with the story, but I’m sure we will relive the story by watching the films and reading the books again. My only genuine criticism which some may argue against, is that the ending of part 2 could have been better, it felt like ‘oh that part of the story is done now, lets move on’, when they could have done so much more to make the audience feel more upset.
On the 30th June 1997, the first Harry Potter book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was released. November 4th 2001 the first film was released. July 21st 2007 the last book ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows’ was released to conclude the story. The last film to conclude the story was released on the 15th July 2011. What an era.
iHartmovies rating: 4.3/5
By Daniel Hart
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With the final Harry Potter film being released this Friday to the general public I thought I’d give you an overview of the last 10 years. I’m sure all of you are very excited for the film and are probably counting down the days with your pre-booked tickets. However, fans who have given the effort to read the books will have a different insight. Well, some will.
Since the first film, we’ve had to go through the pain of watching the films in a different light. What some fans don’t realise is that key moments out of the books are missing, which sometimes brings down the reputation of the story. I’m not stating that the films are bad, in fact they do reflect a good story, but they do sometimes tip toe round the most complicated areas of the storyline. I can clearly see the problems that the makers of the films have had to face, they had to keep it entertaining and ‘magical’. Perhaps sometimes they added too many funny parts in the films when it’s about to get dark, to appeal to family audiences? Maybe. But these distractions sometimes cost the hearts of the readers of the books who wanted to see the book come into life.
There is also the problem that bringing a fictional novel to life in a film is always a difficulty, because there aren’t enough minutes in a film. Which brings a positive to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2, because they have enough time to fit most of the important parts of the storyline.
Although I do question Daniel Radcliffes’ acting, they did pick a perfect lookalike of Harry Potter. My only problem in the series is the character doesn’t seem to put enough emotion into the cause, whereas in the books you can clearly feel upset for Harry. When you have a Harry Potter film where Harry’s friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) portray better emotion and acting from the books then as a reader and audience, you feel confused.
The films have gotten considerably better since they decided to make them darker, which I think they should have done from The Chamber Of Secrets, which was dark, but didn’t hit you as a dark film.
The majority of my friends, although they don’t represent a mass audience, think the Prisoner Of Azkaban was the best film, which ironically, portrayed the book the best out of the 7 films. If you look at a fine example where the film has done the book justice, then you would have to go back to the Lord of the Rings. Where the director, Peter Jackson decided to try and include as much as possible from such a heavy book. That, including the history that is played in the book. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is probably the best set of films that have justified their books to date, and Harry Potter won’t beat that.
However, I do enjoy the Harry Potter films, and some of the book lovers will feel the same opinions I share. The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is probably my favourite film so far, I hope you all enjoy part 2 this Friday. But which is your favourite Harry Potter film? Take part in the poll below:
By Daniel Hart
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