Watch & Dish: Approaching the End of Harry Potter

After ten years of watching  author J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world become a part of cinematic history, the world is waiting for the premier of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on what can be described as no less than bated breath. The upcoming film makes for an eight-film HP set that holds the ranking for the most successful franchise of all time. A bittersweet sensation numbs the edges of excitement as one realizes this is the last time  the film takes viewers in to the universe where wands are as wicked as swords and phantasmagoria goes with tea time.  With each passing year, we have been treated to the direction of Chris Columbus (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets) Alfonso Cuaron (Prisoner of Azkaban) Mike Newell (Goblet of Fire) and David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows 1 and 2). One more time we’ll hear Hedwig’s Theme notes to lift us up on wings of wonder before the end of an era plays out on movie screens everywhere.  Until that time comes, we will have to be content with the trailers that tease us to no end!  Below was the first full length trailer released giving us a glimpse of the darkness unfolding to a broken music box version of the familiar opening theme.

David Yates is the only director in the franchise other than Columbus to have the chance to work on more than one installment of the film.  Having had the chance to watch him grow the story leaves The Geeky Chic to believe he won’t disappoint. Deathly Hallows 1  benefited from his cinema verite style that intensified the journey of the three main characters, exhibited the tight figurative and literal spaces, horror, and desperation surrounding their experiences.  Trailer 1 left us with sneak peaks of a Hogwarts that has become a battle ground.  Thematic elements of hard core battle seem to join both 1 and 2 in this regard.

Now, we move on to the final trailer for the film. This is the definitive go-to between the two.  Lily Potter opening up the set telling Harry to be strong leads the viewer to those dire thoughts right off: all will be scarred and many more will join the ranks of those who’ve gone before their time.

The movie appears to be visually stunning. Despite the progressive darkening of each movie since Harry Potter and the  Prisoner of Azkaban in the color department, no one can say that cinematographers, editors, and special effects experts haven’t done due diligence.  The effort on the battle scenes alone seems to have spared no expense.  It seems to be well worth the cost of a 3D or IMAX ticket if one has the extra money to spare.  On the note of 3D, it’s worthwhile to note that DH1 scrapped it due to 1) time constraints and 2) a smart move on not releasing an unworthy product.  DH2 benefits from pre-planning, and a smart marketing move. By keeping integrity a focus in product control, DH2 can be shown in an well converted light.  There looks to be enough potential special effects as well as scenes that would benefit from 3D’s intensity.

Geeky Chic Predictions:  We’re going to be taken for the ride of our lives in this final franchise installment.  Harry Potter faithful will of course be curious to see how faithful to the book in literal text vs spirit the movie will be, while everyone book fan or merely franchise watcher will want to see what unfolds. The story of Severus on the screen against Lily Potter is close at hand!  From this franchise it can be expected that the careers of the principle three will continue, but it can not be underestimated the rising star quality of young cohorts:

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy): Tom Felton has been in the business since the age of 10, appearing in films such as the family-friendly The Borrowers and beside Jodi Foster in Anna and the King, but it is his turn in Harry Potter series as Draco Malfoy for which he is best known.  Talk about character development!  We see him grow from malicious, bullying little boy to a dark, frightened young man twisted by the expectations of the world around him.  One of the most memorable scenes in the franchise was in Half-Blood Prince where we see Malfoy confronting Dumbledore, equal parts emboldened and frightened for the task he must do. This one has leading man potential all over him. It would be interesting to see him play a well intentioned individual or a complete victim in the future. His bad guy is so convincing they need to cast him in a psycho-thriller stat.

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley): If Emma Watson is like Dakota Fanning, Bonnie Wright is Elle Fanning and is coming at you hard and fast. There is such a range of expression that she is able to play without saying a single word, and has only grown throughout the franchise.  According to her wikipedia page, she plans to act and work behind the scenes in the future.  I look forward to seeing the work of Ms Wright with great anticipation.

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom):  The Order of the Phoenix broke Neville out in the foreground and he’s been there ever since.  Matthew Lewis plays this dimwit-come-hero in such a way that makes me believe like Danielle Radcliffe, he will have a career not only on screen, but on stage as well because of his expressions alone.  Deathly Hallows 2 will have Lewis pushing the envelope of his character. Without giving any spoilers, let’s just say that the actor got his hands on some fantastic source material.  An actor since the age of five, he has had small parts in television until the Harry Potter franchise.  We will see Mr. Lewis again playing the part of a reporter in the independent film called The Sweet Shop scheduled to release some time this year.

In the meantime:  What is this Pottermore everyone keeps talking about? Seems that MTV might have five guesses on the subject.  Is Rowling going to do an 8th book after all?  Write about the lives of the children born from the couplings in the Harry Potter Universe?  What’s going on over at mugglenet?  Seems that movie-soundtrack.com has a look at the tracks to be featured in the movie’s soundtrack.

The Geeky Chic will be coming at you again after the midnight showing with the full film review. Until then, stay vigilant!

 

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