By Megan Perry
The Harry Potter series has finally come to an end with the opening of “The Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” released July 14, at midnight.
The film broke box office records with $92 million on Friday and totaled $168 million for the weekend.
It has been a long time coming since the first movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” released in 2001.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling did a stupendous job in writing a page-turning series that kept readers hooked until the end as did David Heyman and Warner Brothers, producers of the Harry Potter series, keeping the movies and the books as similar as possible.
The beginning of the series of movies was almost a dead-on replica of the reader’s imagination, however, both parts of “The Deathly Hallows,”didn’t do the novel the justice it deserved.
This portion of Harry’s life was very dramatic, and the movies didn’t give off that dramatic vibe in part because “The Deathly Hallows: Part Two” seemed a little rushed.
During the battle against evil, people barely received a mention with a shot of their dead bodies.
The loss of heroes fighting for the better good should have received a little more mention than they actually did.
In the battle of good versus evil, the people, heroes and friends, that fans have all grown to love, die.
This scene did not feel at all dramatic, nor did the heroes that died for Harry get the emotions they deserved.
Although the story was a little rushed, the movie wasn’t bad at all.
The battle scenes had awesome graphics.
The fire roared in the hearts of the watchers, the magic spells pounded in every direction, and the scenery, back drops and locations were beautiful.
Fans have witnessed Harry lose his innocence throughout the series as he battled against evil, but they have also watched him grow.
He grew into a character that became loved and cherished.
Daniel Radcliff has acted out the character of Harry Potter just as Harry should be acted throughout the series, as the weird, brave, outcast hero who just wanted to save the world from evil.
Voldemort, played by actor Ralph Fiennes, was as scary and evil as ever.
After reading a Harry Potter novel and then watching the movie, it was as if the words came to life right before one’s eyes.
Readers have a mental image of what the movie should be like after reading the book, and the producers should make that mental image come alive.
Even for someone who has never picked up a Harry Potter novel, the graphics, the characters and the action can make them want to pursue the entire Harry Potter series.
Heyman did a wonderful job of bringing Rowling’s characters to life and giving them a legitimacy to those who choose to believe.
Harry Potter may just be a silly, magic movie, but for some it is an idea of something bigger.
It is the idea that there could be things happening out in the world that we, “muggles,” would not understand.
Harry Potter leaves the viewers with the feeling of “what if?”