The film releases of Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince were around the time when I was becoming more and more of a film fan and as I had read all the books, less and less interested in Harry Potter. My particular disappointment with Half Blood Prince lead me to a stage where I was not greatly anticipating the release of Deathly Hallows: Part One, the way I anticipated the earlier films as a child. However going into Deathly Hallows: Part One with a group of friends, finding my seat, an odd sense of anticipation struck me and I found myself viewing a film which actually worked its way into my top ten for the year.
The release of Deathly Hallows: Part Two should be the end of this entire journey. Whether the film can live up to expectations remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, the journey of this series has been intensely personal for thousands if not millions of people. I am not crying while I type this, I did not cry reading the final book and I expect no tears when the final credits roll on Deathly Hallows: Part Two. Yet even as somebody who has become less of a Potter fan as I grow older I can still recognize and appreciate the impact that this film series has had not just on a pop culture level but also on my early film going experiences. Like them or hate them the Harry Potter films have always been “event” cinema. I have memories attached to this series and it has served as a backdrop as I made my own journey from boyhood to manhood. The Harry Potter series has been there for as long as I can remember (In fact the first book was published just before I was two years old) and while this film marks a significant end point for the immediate future, the Harry Potter series will never die for the reasons I stated above. A generation has grown up with this tale, with the seven books, the eight films, the countless merchandise, the games, the theme parks and the story at the core of it, the characters are so relatable that this is a book and film series that will stand the test of time. For my generation and for those who also face testing new times once the summer ends, Harry Potter has been the saga of our childhood and while all the posters are proclaiming “It all ends” the legacy of this series, is in fact only just beginning.
By Movie Parliament Prime Minister