Saying Goodbye to Harry Potter

Nothing in the last ten years has made more of an impact on people than the Harry Potter series, and as we prepare for the finale film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” pt ll to be released on July 15th, we reflect on why the boy who lived effected our lives in such a profound way.  
Even though the book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone” was released in 1997, the movie did not begin production until 2000 and was released to the thrones of Harry Potter fans on November 16, 2001.  From that date everyone from children to adults and fans of the book to new comers fell in love with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and the whole world that author J.K. Rowling came up with on a single train ride in England.People have asked “What is so special about Harry Potter?” To which the response has been “Read it, and you’ll know”.  Harry Potter is the series that non-readers read, that got certain editors to put down the TV remote and pick that book, or that helped children learn how to read and discover how powerful ones imagine is.

The Harry Potter film series has become one of (if not the most) successful film series of all time, earning over $6 billion dollars just in ticket sales as well as a theme park “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Universal Studios, Orlando.  The book series is even more popular, with translations in over 67 languages, Harry Potter has become of the great literary success’ of our time.

With the success of the movie, came the success of the three unknown actors: Daniel Radcliffe – who before his role as the main hero was only seen once in the BBC/PBS special about David Copperfield; Rupert Grint – his first professional acting job was his role as Ron Weasley, but prior to was a fan of the books and had actually won a local Ron Weasley “Look A Like” contest; and Emma Watson – who like Rupert got her first professional job playing the human born witch Hermione Granger was discovered during a play at her school.  Together these three have grown up in front of millions of people and have put faces to characters that many people have grown to love.

When “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” novel was released, the big mystery was will Harry Potter die, and well most know the answer to that story I will not spoil it for those who have only seen the movies.  As we prepared for the movie version to come to life, many let out a sigh of relief when Warner Bros announced that they were splitting the finale film into two parts as to preserve the amazing story that J.K. Rowling had given us.  When part one of Deathly Hallows was released in November of 2010, it served as a great setup to the series ending in part two.

Deathly Hallows part two is officially the shortest film in the series, clocking in at 2 hours 5 minutes long, but that is okay.  Nothing is missing from the film that could have been added in to make it longer.  The second film picks up right where it left off and does not stop until the credits start rolling.  All the crucial scenes are there (some of the more fluff scenes form the books did not make into the film) and yes, there are many tear worthy moments so bring the tissues.  The story that was most beautifully done was the back story of Professor Severus Snape.  I must commend actor Alan Rickman who managed to make us feel exactly what Snape has felt for all these years.  Neville Longbottom (Mat Lewis) also rises up to become a leader, and of course there is our favorite trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione, who above all else, show us the meaning of friendship and love.

The story of Harry Potter has officially come to close and as it does, we say thank you to J.K. Rowling for giving us not only a reason to believe in books, but for giving us a boy wizard named Harry.

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