Will this epic conclusion of a worldwide phenomenon end with a bang?
The last installment of the Harry Potter series comes to an end on July 15, 2011, ever since its inception in 1997. JK Rowling, quite easily, the “Enid Blyton” of this generation on penning the last sentence of the final book had had scrawled a message on the back of a bust of Hermes at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, which read: “JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11 January 2007,” according to Wikipedia. In fact the Harry Potter series is a whopping $15 billion brand. The second-half of the final series is, but naturally, highly anticipated. The first six books were made into films courtesy Warner Bros, while the seventh book, as we all know, was split into two parts.
With three of Voldemort’s six horcruxes destroyed, Harry, Ron and Hermione must find the rest. One of them is a fabled Cup that once belonged to Helga Hufflepuff, one of the founders of Hogwarts, but the other two remain mysteries. They deduce both Gringotts and Hogwarts are likely hiding places, but will the mystical yet real Deathly Hallows prove to be a crucial part in the unfolding of events? Lord Voldemort has gained possession of the all-powerful Elder Wand, strengthening him further, but who really is its true master? Did the fateful events of 16 years ago have even more impact than Harry thought? All of these questions must be answered for ultimate Battle of Hogwarts, where the final showdown between Harry and the Dark Lord will determine the fate of both the wizarding and muggle worlds for the rest of eternity. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley continue their search for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, which ultimately leads up to an epic battle at Hogwarts.
At it’s helm, is director David Yates (responsible for the last three Harry Potter films) who said, “We needed to go out with a big bang.” The actors’ themselves are readying for a future that awaits them, having been ensconced in the Potter bubble. Emma Watson enrolled herself into Brown University (although short-lived) said, “Hermione is so close to who I am as a person that I’ve never really had to research a role. I’m literally rediscovering what it means to be an actress,” according to belfasttelegraph.co.uk, while Daniel Radcliff made his way to Broadway having performed in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Rupert Grint, too, will soon be seen in a gripping tale set in WW11 titled ‘Wartime Wanderers’. Rowling has been constantly supportive of all the films and evaluated Deathly Hallows Part 1 as her “favourite one” in the series. She wrote on her website of the changes in the book-to-film transition, “It is simply impossible to incorporate every one of my storylines into a film that has to be kept under four hours long. Obviously films have restrictions novels do not have, constraints of time and budget; I can create dazzling effects relying on nothing but the interaction of my own and my readers’ imaginations,” according to Wikipedia.
For the grand finale, each of the characters have received their very own posters, with the latest being that of Lord Voldemort. The trailer, too, looks intriguing and the special effects, as usual, are top notch.