Dan Kois, cultural critic who's written about the final Harry Potter movie for the New York Times Magazine and Slate, reviews Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and discusses the end of the Harry Potter franchise.
I think that so many people went for this movie because of the cling that people have towards the world of Harry Potter; although many already know the story-line from the books, we are able to see our own visualizations of the books and live through the movie. I thought it was a great movie; even though many parts of the book were left out, I still feel that much effort was put into seriousness of protecting Hogwarts, as well as tying up characteristics of the series that only those who have followed the books and movies would notice.
I've grown up with Harry Potter; I was 5 when the first book came out and started reading the series, and I have graduated from school as Harry concludes his own journey. I have felt Harry's story as being some sort of support for my own life: losing a parent, being sent to boarding school on the other side of the world, as well as dealing with the small, yet very real issues and questions of growing up. Reading and watching how Harry copes with his life has given me inspiration, and needless to say, he and the other characters have been my "imaginary friends", walking me through my own childhood, and helping me realize that it should never be lost.
A wonderful series. But this last movie did not reach its emotional potential as if Yates are scared to be sentimental. After 10 years, I sort of expected a full blown sentimental tear jerker. Part 1 was too good I guess.
I felt no connection between HP and 9/11 possibly because I never liked the series until the Azkaban film in 2004. I did feel a connection between the Incredibles and the aftermath of 9/11.
SPOILER ALERT:I thought the movie was fantastic. Each moment was engrossing without letting up. My only problem is JK's ending which I found too christological in it's ending. The resurrection stone, his death and "2nd coming" to save the world from evil incarnate, "Kings Cross" station as heaven, etc. So I would have liked it to be more universal in it's message but who am I to criticize JK! SHe has created an amazing world. I would agree with your guest, not a movie for youngsters.
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