The last installment of the Harry Potter saga was released last week. While many waited with bated breath, I was overwhelmed with a sense of trepidation, fearing Hollywood would be unable to appropriately bring the series to conclusion. After recently viewing the film, I love it when my angst is unwarranted. Deathly Hallows II was absolutely spectacular.
I gave the film a 5 on my personal Popcorn Meter Chart. a “5” basically means that I was so drawn in to the film, I shoveled my entire popcorn down my throat within thirty minutes of the film’s opening sequence. With the novels having so much success, it was nice to see Hollywood commit to making one quality film after another, saving the best for last with Deathly Hollows II.
The major component behind the success of the films was neither the special effects nor the magical duels. What made these films work was the movie studio’s adaptation of the novels’ relationships. Despite the variety of colorful personalities, the movies kept true to the synergy and motivations of the characters. Horcruxes and Voldemort were wonderful, but it was the relationships of Hermione, Potter, the Weasleys, and others, that were the true mortar of the saga. Uncompromising friendships in the face of adversity was the magic elixir for novel and film. And once again, the studios deserve extra kudos for their ability to capture this essence.
I feel all warm and fuzzy when seeing the elements of strong protagonists and their relationships transcend across the fantasy genres. Some of these relationships can be seen in Marten’s Songs of Fire and Ice saga. We also witnessed this relationship between Frodo and Sam in Tolkien’s books. And you will see shades of these interactions in Shadows of Kings, the first book of the Dragon Rising Series. (To be released June 2012).
Again…a wonderful ending to a fantastic saga that has inspired countless millions to read, write, and dream. Congratulations to J.K. Rowling for sharing her fantastic story, and all those who contributed to this movie franchise.