Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 will end a long chapter in the decade-long Hogwarts saga. The magical and complex story comes to a close with the release of the film in the U.S. on Friday.
Warner Bros are publicizing with the tag line “It All Ends” or maybe ‘a legend lives on’ for a whole generation of kids who have undertaken the journey with Harry Potter.
The movie itself has lived up to its final call. Need we say they kept the best for the last.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 has all the magic, action creativity and emotion to turn it into a grand finale. While Part 1 took care of more than half of the story, all the action and confrontation is left for the last. Harry potter fights the epic battle with Voldemort. The path to the battle is fraught with all we want in the story- surprises, twists, reaffirmation of friendships and faith.
There are some wonderful visual effects especially of Gringotts' vault and the blaze of fire that engulfs the Room of Requirement when a Fiendfyre spell goes wrong. Let me assure you the 3D does not distract.
The cast is just perfect, the main actors are more real as the characters they play especially Harry Potter, Hermione and Weasley. Ralph Fiennes as Voldermot, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman et al are a tribute to the acting talent of Britain.
What has contributed to the success of the Franchise? It is a cumulative effect of a franchise well nurtured by the studio, Warner Bros. They took care to repeat the main characters. David Yates has directed 4 of the movies. Steve Kloves scripted seven stories. Tim Burke the visual effects supervisor has worked on all the films. Stuart Craig, production designer and cinematographer Eduardo Serra, have done well to build the fiery magical imagery.
Warner Bros kept true to J K Rowling’s vision of Harry Potter. She did not want the studio to go overboard with marketing. “We held on to fans as they aged in a way that’s never been seen before,” Diane Nelson , president marketing, DC Entertainment told Dedline.com.
J K Rowling’s saga of Harry Potter has led to a renewal of interest in the fantasy fiction. She has combined elements of magical lore, present teen angst and science fiction well. She has made magic believable not only for the young ones but for a whole generation who started off with the young 11- year-old Harry.
Maybe J R R Tolkien can take a little credit for this. His Lord of The Rings trilogy, which appeared in the 50s was not too popular with the present generation. Harry Potter turned a lot of young readers and fans to that genre of fantasy fairy ( Humans with animalistic elements) stories.
For Warner Bros who took a great risk in 1998 by putting their faith in a young mother, J K Rowling, the risk has paid off. The Studio earned about $21 billion by adding up gross sales the series has generated since 1998 from films, videos, video games, licensed merchandise, and books, according to Deadline.com.