Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" at midnight. (Yes, I'm that kind of a dork. A cute and adorable one though! Heehee.) And boy, was it worth the wait! So I figured what better time to talk about my favorite film franchise than today! And if you're heading out to the theaters this weekend to see the next chapter in the saga, here's a little refresher course and my review to excite that adrenaline again.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in the theater with my family. I had actually been banning it (stupidly) just because I grew up with a little, very cheesy film called "The Worst Witch." (You may remember me writing about it for Halloween.) "Worst Witch" is also based on a series of children's books, but centered on a girl instead of a boy. Being young and feminist, I protested the world's placement of male over female in my own little battle. But then I saw "Chamber of Secrets" and all my protesting went flying out the window. I was hooked. I borrowed friends' books, checked them out of the library, and finally bought my own copies to catch me up to date. Since then, I have seen each remaining film at midnight, and purchased each remaining book at the midnight release parties.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was my favorite, because it managed to portray the growing anger and tension of the books in the film. However, the sixth film "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" I liked the least. One of my favorite books, "Half-Blood Prince" the film left out much of the elements needed for the final chapter. Instead of focusing on the feelings and secrets that would soon be driving and helping the main trio, it focused on the lighthearted bits of adolescence only. Since both these two installments were directed by David Yates, I was a little apprehensive about "Deathly Hallows," his next directing venture. But I was thankfully pleased...and I now have a new favorite!
Part 2" when the credits roll (which doesn't come out until July 2011...grrr!).
So, in my fan state but also my film fanatic state, I highly recommend "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" this weekend. I already have my tickets to see it again! I may have over-hyped it to some, but I think most Harry Potter fans will agree - it's the beginning of a magnificent end! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
(Post-tidbit: The main filming for "Part 2" finished about five months ago, and like graduating school, all were very emotional about leaving their magical world behind. So Daniel Radcliffe decided to take some souvenirs home, two pairs of his famous glasses - one tiny pair from the first film and one from the final.)