Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell & David Yates, what do you know about these individuals or names? These ladies and gentleman are the directors involved in the greatest & the most successful movie franchise of our times and I am guessing for a long time Harry Potter will remain undefeated and on top.
10 years, 8 movies and $6,369,345,142 at the worldwide box office (pls note stats will change) and Harry Potters journey comes to an end. I need not emphasize any more the box office records set by the last installation in the franchise is off the record books and there is no better way for a curtain call. Falling just short of AVATAR and TITANIC, HP DEATHLY HALLOWS P2 is firm at 3rd place at the highest ever grossing films of all time. 10 years and I feel a very strong connection with the franchise and I am proud to say that I have been and that I will always be one of those diehard HP fans.
THIS IS IT! (Sniff, Sniff ………)
Leavesden studios 2001; this was the year that the set (studio stage) for Hogwarts (The school for witchcraft and wizardry) was done. It has been standing there for a decade and finally she is being destroyed and it’s hard to watch the great hall of Hogwarts in ruins and once bright and exuberant school now all dark and gloomy. Since Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) got his hand on the Elder Wand (The most powerful Wand in the world) which belonged to the great Professor Albus Dumbledore (Micheal Gambon) the dark lord has been growing in his powers and has an army of his own now and is spreading the dark over Hogwarts. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermoine (Emma Watson) needs to find a way to defeat and destroy the dark lord. The answer lies in destroying the remaining of LVs’ horcruxes. This is where HP DEATHLY HALLOWS P2 takes off. The search begins and you will be shocked at how it all ends! Without the risk of spoilers I think it would be safe for me to say that the movie does not pick up for about 20 minutes up until Harry, Ron and Hermoine are saved by Aberforth Dumbledore (Ciaran Hinds) and then reunited with Neville (Matthew Lewis) who leads them into Hogwarts through a secret passage way that was nonexistent until that instant. Harry confronts Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) who is now the headmaster of Hogwarts. Harry and his friends stand up to him. It’s at this point Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) steps in duels the headmaster and drives him away and reclaims control of Hogwarts. From this point on its war! HARRY POTTER is all that stands between Hogwarts and his non-nose nemesis Lord Voldermort.
This by far has the highest body count in the franchise and from the word go it’s all about death, and its mind blowing. (Harry Potter haters will thoroughly disagree!) Seems like Director David Yates who is in his 4th addition to the franchise takes it up a notch, the whole movie is darker, and gloomier and also surprisingly it’s focused on a mature audience as well I would say. With this I need to agree, despite how Rowling intended the books to turn out, commercial interest has for sure played its part. The movie that was once for purely a younger audience has evolved from a children’s start to X-MEN Last Stand/ Lord of the Rings wrap up. Consider the posters of the 8 movies and you agree. They get more mature and darker through franchise; this being said it justifies HP is for all ages. Does this give you goose bumps and does it make feel sad despite all the war? Yes there is intense emotion that Harry and his friends go through and those of you who have grown to love them will have a share of your tears, that being said ( yet again) it justifies that it not just war there is emotion and it’s well balanced in that aspect too. Pretty good huh?
At the risk of the cliché, Last but not least, let’s talk awards! Shall we? Lord of the Rings wrapped up 11 at the academy awards a few years ago, I am having a great feeling that HP would be getting quite a few nods at the 2012 awards. Will it top Lord of the Rings; I have no idea, let’s wait and see.
I am sensing that this whole finale must be much harder on the cast that grew up with the movie and who practically grew up on the studios of HP. Not forgetting the crew who put countless number of hours into the making of it. Imagine this, 250 days of shooting it took to put all of Deathly Hallows together! That’s 250 days of hard work for them and 5 hours of entertainment for us.
Cast and Crew and writer of Harry Potter… “Stand Up . Take a Bow “#Applause#…Encore?# Up to you Joanne Rowling, without you Harrys’ world would never have been.
Created by: J.K.Rowling
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliff, Ruper Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Matthew Lewis, Maggie Smith, Tom Felton, Evana Lynch & Helena Bonham Carter
Rated: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.