Friday night, Dan and I went out for our first date night since Céline was born almost 2 months ago. We had been anticipating the release of the 2nd last Harry Potter film for months and thought this would be a great first date night since baby arrived. Grand-maman and grand-papa came by to babysit so that we could enjoy our evening out.
First things first, I guess I have to admit that I am a Harry Potter fan – and I am certainly not alone! The VIP 19+ show was sold out all weekend. I first became a fan right when the first movie came out. I had resisted reading the books at that point – there were only 3 – but my sister wanted me to go and see the movie with her so I read Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone the day before (yes, I read that quickly). From that point on, I became a fan. I bought each book the day it was released, and proceeded to read it within the next day or two.
One of my fondest memories of a Harry Potter book, was when #6 (Harry Potter and The Half Blood Price) was released in July 2005. At the time I was working in Switzerland and as luck would have it, I was scheduled to go on a shopping excursion the day the book was released! A fellow camp counsellor was also a big fan, so we both bought the book that day and started reading it. I volunteered to stay at the meeting place and wait for the campers to check in, just so that I could read. My friend and I would text back and forth to let the other know where we were. The next day we had a day off. We set out to go climbing in a new area, not far from the camp. It took us over 2 hours to find the spot and when we started to climb, I actually fell on one of the first pitches we did and ended up spraining my ankle. Our climbing day was cut short … sadly..but on the other hand, more time to read! We took two mattresses out on the balcony (there were huge balconies) and sat and read for hours! We finished the book that evening. At 652 pages, it’s no mean feat to finish it in two days.
You can understand why I was eager to see the movie last night. I’ve read Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows twice, once when it first came out and again earlier this summer. I have to say that it was not one of my favorite movies. Sadly, this book does not translate well to the big screen. Don’t get me wrong, the movie stayed close to the plot, which is always one of the better things about a Harry Potter movie, but the story in this case involves a lot of waiting, walking, searching, pondering, arguing and chasing. And since this is the longest of the seven books, it was split into two parts for the finale, so we don’t have a chance to experience the climax of the series until Part II, which will be released next summer.
Noticeably absent from this film is Hogwarts and all of the characters associated with the school. Hogwarts School For Witchcraft and Wizardry has always been a central character itself and in a way, anchored the other films. Since our main characters are no longer attending school – they have to save the world – there is no sign of Hogwarts or it’s interesting cast of whimsical characters. The final installment promises to bring back our favorite cast of characters, which will certainly mean an explosive and much anticipated finale to the series.