I was never really a fan of the Harry Potter franchise up until the last couple of books and movies. The start of the series was fantastical whimsy, but too kiddish. Of course, in reflection, I think that was the point. Over time the tone of the franchise has matured. Now we’re in the tail end of the spectrum and it’s darkness and despair all around. In a way, it kind of mirrors life that way. You go from sweet, innocent and fun to being quickly catapolted into a life of hardship and uncertainly. In HP case it’s doom and gloom, but you get the point.
This adult tonality is probably why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is by far my favorite of the series. That and it was intense as hell. With strong performances to boot. I was actually kind of amazed because HP 7 the book was boring as hell (500 pages of camping and bickering). This was well-constructed, competently-told and generally engaging.
Suffice to say I’m looking forward to part 2.
To tease myself and every other HP fan, Warner Bros. has released a new featurette which shows us the full opening scene of the highly anticipated film. In the scene Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) questions Mr. Ollivander (John Hurt) about the Elder Wand, the same wand that Voldemort took from the grave of Dumbledore in the final moments of Part I.
In the book, Harry Potter asks Ollivander strictly about the wand, and makes no mention of the Deathly Hallows. Ollivander explains that there is one wand that continuously pops up in history and goes by a number of names including Deathstick, Wand of Destiny, or the Elder Wand; the same name used to describe the wand in “The Tales of Beetle The Bard.” The fact that the wand has the same name in the book and in Ollivander’s story is enough to convince Hermione that the Deathly Hallows must certainly be real. To prove his point, Harry asks Ollivander if he’s ever heard mention of “The Deathly Hallows,” something that leave the wand maker blank and asking what that has to do with wands. Harry also learns that wands change allegiance when a wizard successfully takes one from another. A fact that becomes important later on.
In the movie, Ollivander claims that he has heard of The Deathly Hallows, knows that the Elder Wand is one of them, and that the other two, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility, could exist as well
Oi! The more I see from this film the more I rub my nipples in anticipation, I can’t wait to see it! Part 2 is set to come out on July 15th 2011.