Before you even ask, no, I didn’t see the movie last night at midnight. (Curse you, Sam and Mary. Curse you.) I’m seeing the movie tomorrow, because I’m too old to stay up past midnight on a school night. However, I have partaken in much hype surrounding the movie. It’s kinda unavoidable, when you’re a Harry Potter freak like me.
The seventh book in the Harry Potter series is entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I read it in one day, hung-over, sitting curled up against the Midwest cold on my used couch in Perrysburg, Ohio. Upon its completion, I remember thinking: Wow, that was heavy. (I may have been crying …) But I also remember thinking: Damn, that’s gonna be a long movie!
Evidently, the movie men thought the same thing, which is why they split the book into two movies, the first installment of which opens today. So we have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, today; we have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, July 15, 2011. Regarding Part I …
Quick synopsis from IMDB: “Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned.”
Of course, nothing ever goes as planned in Harry Potter movies.
Anyway, this one is a huge challenge, because Harry, Ron, and Hermione are nowhere near Hogwarts for the entire film. It’s quite a stretch from the norm. Most of it happens in a forest (which, I admit, was a little long-winded in the book). I’m very curious to see how this goes … And in case you’re curious, Part I supposedly runs through chapter 24 of the seventh book, totaling about 146 minutes run time.
1. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) finally got to cut her hair! She recently showed up on the red carpet with a pixie doo. Looks cute. And hey, it’s understandable, with the crazy curls she’s been rockin’ since the age of 9.
2. Evidently, tourists have been visiting an Israeli cemetery to see the grave of a British soldier who was killed in 1939. The name of that soldier? Harry Potter. Tour guides say the tombstone, located at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ramle, has turned into a bizarrely popular attraction.
3. Affection for Potter’s white owl Hedwig is fuelling the trade in Indian owls, as too-eager fans seek to idolize their fictional hero. Although Hedwig spends much of her time in a bird cage in Harry’s room, real owls do not make good pets! Stop buying owls for kids, people. Please.
4. After ten years, the Harry Potter films have made over $7.5 billion in ticket sales. The mega-successful blockbusters have also racked up about $1 billion in profits when income from home-video, merchandise, games, and other products is tallied. YIPES!
So here we go: today, Part 1 of the final installment of the Harry Potter movie series hits a theater near you. Are you going to see it today? Tomorrow? Did you already see it? I’ll be seeing it Saturday morning. The review will be up on my blog Monday. Fingers crossed. I’ve never been disappointed by a Harry Potter movie yet. I’m not expecting it to happen now …