The cinema experience invites many things; overpriced popcorn, uncomfortable seating, bad pop music playing as you await the red curtain opening, as I say; many things. What I think the cinema experience should give you is….inspiration, excitement, escapism, wonder, overwhelment, making you want to come back for more. This is EVERYTHING that Harry Potter gives you in Part 1 of The Deathly Hallows.
I’ve not read all of the Harry Potter books. I must confess to reading half of the first book; Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, but that’s as far as I got. Nearly everyone I knew at the time was reading Harry Potter and I found it all a bit too much, so I rejected Mr Potter. A decision, come November 2010, I’ve come to regret. It’s odd that it’s taken me seven books and seven films to come to this realisation but it’s all down to director David Yates. Yates has been responsible for the past three Harry Potter films, which in my opinion have been some of the best yet, and he shall be responsible for the finale; Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I really wasn’t expecting to since it had gathered so many mixed reviews but it was, and I join several teenagers in quoting: “awesome”.
It helps that the setting for HP&TDH:Part 1 has nothing to do with Hogwarts. Our wizadry trio – Hermione, Harry and Ron, are running free and racing against time from the dark lord; Voldemort. As soon as the film begins, we pick up from where the Half Blood Prince left off, immediately in fact. There are injuries and deaths along the way (I cannot begin to tell you how upset I was about [*spoiler alert*] Dobby, hence my jpeg ode) and surprise after surprise in store. I don’t want to give too much away for the Harry Potter fan as there really is so much that happens in The Deathly Hallows, including a gorgeous little animation. I’m pleased that I saw this film with an avid Harry Potter connoisseur as I was able to ask questions, catch-up on a few HP points here and there y’know? The cast are brilliant, Emma Watson in particular for me and Bill Nighy as the Ministry of Magic from the valleys. You can tell that every actor knows they’re working on something special here, a piece of British film history and, if you’ll forgive me, a piece of magic.
I left the cinema in awe of one person though; J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter and the mind behind these fantastic stories. As a writer myself (and a ‘Jo’), I find the fact that she came up with these ideas whilst on a train trip, so inspiring and romantic. Only recently did Rowling become producer on the Harry Potter films and it really does show. Although I did enjoy the early Potter films, it’s these last few David Yates efforts that have totally grabbed me. I just can’t gush about it enough and I absolutely cannot wait for Part 2 in July, 2011.
By Jo Overfield