Reviewed by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
For the generation of children now in college and High School, Harry, Ron and Hermione are more familiar than those cousins they see twice a year at Christmas and the shore.
No surprise, then, that when the last movie in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, came out at midnight on July 15, this young generation, dressed as wizards and witches, flooded the movie theaters.
They went not only to watch the movie, but also to celebrate the end of an era. As they waited, sometimes for hours, for the theaters doors to open, they discussed with their friends their favorite character, their favorite book, their favorite actor.
Their unbound enthusiasm worked its magic. By Tuesday July19, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 had rocketed past the $200 million mark in just five days.
But for me, the magic of the Harry Potter lies not on its money making capacity, but on the fact that it turned so many children into readers and made publishers reconsider their No policy on fantasy.
Harry Potter made Fantasy and children’s books cool and, being myself a writer of fantasy books for children, I am on his debt forever.
So, yes, I bought the books as fast as they came out, as this picture from 2000 proves, and I read them aloud to my children. I also watched every single movie at the movie theater, including this last one, of course.
And I must confess I loved it.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the story soars to new heights as Harry Potter and his two friends prepare for their final confrontation with Voldemort. There are chases, fights, dragons, fires, heroism and death.
It is an epic conclusion to a great series.
Don’t miss it.
To see the trailer, please click here: