Let’s talk Harry Potter. When author Joanne Rowling was walking to the corner cafe in Edinburgh, carrying her baby daughter in one arm and an old typewriter in the other, she had absolutely no idea the book she was writing (that she’d thought up on a delayed train ride) would one day make her a billionaire. In fact, did you know that Joanne (JK) Rowling is the only person to ever become a billionaire from writing? Her books have set sales records worldwide and her characters are household names, yet she was on government assistance when she started it all.
I have never read the books, however I’ve seen the movies. Harry Potter is Daniel Radcliffe, and unfortunately for Daniel Radcliffe, he will always be Harry Potter. I can think of worse things to be known as for the rest of my life- there’s got to be a royalty clause in his contract somewhere. As long as he doesn’t pick up a nasty heroin habit, I’m sure everything will work out for young Daniel. I’ve literally watched this boy grow up before my eyes, and despite having a unique hatred for the first few movies (ok the first 4, who am I kidding?), The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows have all been amazing movies… I know that they would not be as great if there wouldn’t have been four before them. I now appreciate the foundation all of the mythology, back story, and character development have provided. I’ve watched all of these kids grow up, and go through the most astounding things- in the most wonderful world a kid could dream of…. and that’s what it’s all about… even though Rowling has been aiming her books toward an adult audience since about Goblet of Fire (4).
This Tuesday marks the Blu Ray (I’m really not going to cut you DVDers any more slack, it’s 2011 already, adopt!) [haha] release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt1. This is the first part of the series’ finale that started 7 books and 6 movies ago, and as such, is the beginning of the end of an era. HP will go down in history and be remembered forever, possibly even remade one day, it’s that good… if you can get past all the godawful names. Seriously, when Harry Potter is the most normal name in an entire series, you’ve got to re-examine a few things. At certain points it just seems like JK Rowling is just messing with us with all of the “Humble-tee Bumble-tee, Bibbity-Spiffity.” There’s nothing more heroic than watching kids yell “Stupify!” whilst flicking wooden sticks toward each other.
In HP7, Harry, Ron, and Hermione must find the remaining Horcruxes in order to stop evil Lord Voldemort from subjugating the “muggles” as slaves and ruling the world… and before you ask- muggles are us, the non-magical humans. From the beginning of the film, which is quite terrifying as Lord Voldemort is a rather nasty snake (played superbly by Ralph Fiennes), the action never really stops. The race is on as Harry and Co. “apparate” (instantaneous travel) across the beautiful English countryside unraveling the mystery of the Deathly Hallows. This movie rocks. It’s a deeply personal movie for the characters, as friendships are tested and love is found… but isn’t that the core of the series? The importance of love in the face of evil? After all Harry Potter’s parents gave their lives to defeat Voldemort and save Harry when he was a baby… and those of us who can predict the ending know that ultimate sacrifice and that love is the key to defeating evil.
H arry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt1 is simply gorgeous in High Definition. The movie is as dark as can be (literally and figuratively), and wh ile often thought of as kids movies, they have not been in quite some time. The last one ended with the nice-guy wizard getting tossed off the tower for pity’s sake! The transfer on Blu Ray is immaculate and the sound mix is amazing. Do yourself a favor and pick this movie up and I’ll see you at the theater in July when the last one drops.