If you are a big Harry Potter fan like me, it is in all likely hood that you finally saw the first part of the final installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Like me, probably you have mourned the characters who all perished in just the short 2 and 1/2 hours onscreen, especially the last one which I will refuse to name for the benefit of those who have yet to watch the movie. Like me, you also wondered (hopefully, not aloud) how the three protagonists grew up right in front of your eyes (and yes, grew up and grew old with all of us). Maybe you became a bit wistful on the fact that Harry Potter (the round eyed little munchkin in The Sorcerer’s Stone) now sports a stubble and a 5 o clock shadow and is quite the hot young man for scenes where he is shirtless.
If you are really not a fan of the book, but appreciated the movie to look forward to it — and you see the girl sitting next to you smiling to herself, maybe even muttering or worse, holding back the tears especially on crucial scenes, kindly understand.
This is the beginning of the end for us.
For one, the movie we have seen is no longer the magical, feel-good movie where we come out of the cinemas reciting our versions of “alohomora”, “expelliarmus” and “stupefy” convinced that we are all from Gryffindor. This movie is dark, heavy and clearly no longer for wide-eyed kids hoping to see a happy ending.
This movie is gritty, dark and heavy. You will feel the danger they face in each and every step. If you expect this to be a feel-good movie, then you are mistaken.
Like any other film adaptation, there are scenes from the book which you won’t see in the movie. Some key scenes will be presented to you in a fast, concise manner that can either leave you wanting for more, or thankful for the fact that your favorite “book scene” made it in the film. I am also thankful that I finally saw Bill Weasley! Who, as expected, is hot and had the “Weasley charm” all set.
Sitting here, I am already anticipating the 2nd part of the movie, which will be shown on July 15, 2011. I am quite anxious already — knowing that the movie will show the climax and the end of a very beautiful and meaningful franchise. I also know that the movie will also OFFICIALLY end. No more Harry, Hermione and Ron–and Snape!–on the big screen.
I am thinking that does this mean that with end of Harry Potter, I am also officially saying goodbye to my youth. The movie franchise began more than 10 years ago–the same time I was starting to test the crazy, maddening world of grown-ups. From the first movie and now to the last, Harry has kindly invited me and the rest of its avid readers to a world that only exists in dreams. With the franchise coming to a close–this also heralds a trip back to the unforgiving reality.