Avada Kedavra to Harry Potter   Leave a comment

Bigger than Bond, Bigger than Jedi, Bigger than any other franchise series is Harry Potter and the glorious run has finally ended with a film called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Incidentally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the first book of the series that I read because I wanted to watch the last potter movie, comparing it with the book, to track its intricacies, flow and grandeur. Did “Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Part 1 ” serve justice to the book? Well, the obvious answer is “No”. Even though Deathly hallows is split into two parts, it is wise not to complain about the same because you simply cannot expect a movie to emulate all the complex imaginations that the book exposes. There are many instances of spoken dialogue not being taken into account also many incidents eg. Snape’s memory, I really wanted to witness more of it. However, Deathly Hallows – 2 does try hard to salute to Rowling’s imagination with some superb special effects, but it lacks the emotion, intensity.

Harry’s pretence of being dead and Voldemort ordering Narcissa Malfoy to verify that Harry is actually dead; gave the impression of being so foolish, lame, such a pitiable idiotic approach to the masterful narrative by a splendid storyteller. Lord Voldemort, The Dark Lord, You-Know-Who, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named does not scare you enough but invites you to imbibe in sarcastic laughter.

I did relate some of the Hallows fragments to other movies such as Lord of the Rings and The Matrix, for eg. When Harry meets Dumbledore at King’s station it is in analogous with Neo trapped in a train station also when Neo confronts Architect. Even the theme of the movie, Harry is just another Horcrux, raised like a pig for slaughter and both Lord Voldermort, Harry should die for the greater good, this is very much in parallel to Neo and Smith modus operandi in the Matrix series where the oracle exerts greater control over both.

Four directors have worked on eight movies, Chris passing the baton onto the next line of directors i.e. Alfonso Curaon, Alfonso to Newell and Newell to David Yates.

  • Chris Columbus for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Chris Columbus was the main architect in recognizing talents for Harry Potter films and his two movies remain faithful to the book and along with John Williams made the magic.. come alive!

  • Alfonso Cuaron for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Arguably, the best movie of the series “a deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the book”

  • Mike Newell for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Though the movie was much related to Witchcraft and Wizardry sports, Newell unveiled Ralph Fiennes as fully alive Lord Voldemort and delivered the best climax of all the potter films.

  • David Yates for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

David Yates movies didn’t seem darker enough as it was with the books. I really didn’t like Order of the Phoenix, found it really boring amongst all the Potter movies and he’s done a much better job for Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter – – Favorites:

Favorite Book
“Order of the Phoenix” it is… just brilliant!

Favorite Chapter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Chapter 33. The Prince’s Tale. A straight-forward, uncomplicated chapter but does make your heart churn with deep emotions.

“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!”
From the top of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly awaym and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”… “Always,” said Snape.

Favorite Movie
Though I like Azkaban I would vote for ‘Chamber of secrets’ because of the flamboyant, grandiose film sets and John Williams’s haunting music.

Favorite Character
It’s got to be “Severus Snape”, such a complex character with such a simple and beautiful soul! His sacrifice is far more greater than any significant thing in potter saga. JK Rowling describesSnape is a complicated man. He’s bitter. He’s … spiteful. He’s a bully. All these things are still true of Snape, even at the end of this book. But was he brave? Yes, immensely. Was he capable of love? Very definitely. So he’s – he’s a very – he was a flawed human being, like all of us.”

Favorite Spell
Expecto Patronum, Harry’s stag in Prisoner of Azkaban and Snape’s Silver Doe in Deathly Hallows.

Favorite Scene
The Prince’s Tale sequence, Snape’s death.

“Look…at…me…” Snape whispered.
The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, bland, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.”

Favorite Quotes
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – Albus Dumbledore – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure – Albus Dumbledore –  The Sorcerer’s stone.

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain – Molly Weasley – The Chamber of Secrets.

Point is, people, don’t get lulled into a false sense of security, thinking he’s out of the country. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t, but the fact remains he can move faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo when he wants to, so don’t count on him being a long way away if you’re planning to take any risks. I never thought I’d hear myself say it, but safety first!”  – Fred Weasley – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Favorite Antagonist
Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, nobody else could’ve done it any better!

Favorite Mythical creature: Buckbeak

Favorite Hogwarts Class: Defense against the Dark Arts.

Favorite Hogwarts Ghost: Moaning Myrtle

Favorite Location:  Hogwarts

Favorite Horcrux: The Locket (Dumbledore simply wasted time on this however, the chapters linked to it were brilliant.)

Favorite Potion: Felix Felicis

Favorite Deathly Hallow: The Invisibility Cloak

Favorite Patronus: Snape’s Silver Doe

..and the list goes on and probably you could debate on.. for Hours. Thank you so much J K Rowling to an incredible, immaculate, extraordinary Story telling. Thank you to all film makers, producers, cast and various other crews for bringing the story alive and to all the fans who bask, revere in all the glory of Potter.

-=Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon=-


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