|Jul. 12th, 2011 10:07 am Alpha and Omega - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2" |
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Cinema Dave's introduction to **Harry Potter** began twelve years ago when Deerfield Beach Percy White Youth Services Librarian David Serchay called him at Sunrise Dan Pearl to check the shelf status of **Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.** Five years later, David went on a “set-up” date to go see **Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,** with Bethany, who is now the mother of David’s twin girls.
If the Beatles were the social myth of my childhood and **Star Wars** the transitional myth of Generation X’s adolescence, then **Harry Potter** and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry" has become the cultural hero of the new millennium.
With record breaking box office revenue of 168 million dollars, **Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2** delivers upon it’s original promise. The production team was wise to divide this final movie into two parts, sustaining both narrative flow and the attention to detail.
**Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2** picks up directly from **Part 1.** The evil Lord Voldermort (Ralf Fiennes) has obtained the invincible Elder Wand, while Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his consorts, Hermonie (Emma Watson), Ron (Rubert Grint) bury a loyal ally. As the evil magician grows more powerful, Harry and his allies seek Voldermort's Achilles heel. As war wages between wizards, fantastic beasts and dementors, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry becomes ground zero.
With the exposition out of the way, director David Yates is freed to direct three extremely well done action sequences involving a heist, a dragon and a fire in a vault. These action scenes are the ones that fans have been waiting for since the disappointing **Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.** The visual clarification is worthy of the action sequences from a John Ford/John Wayne classic.
Since the opening of **the Sorcerer’s Stone** a decade ago to the current release, the **Harry Potter** franchise has enjoyed quality ensemble of British actors. As the monstrous Professor Snape, Alan Rickman deserves kudos for balancing the contradictory motives of the menacing character. Of course, the **Harry Potter** series would have folded years ago if it were not for the sincere, consistent and empathetic performances from Daniel Radcliffe, Rubert Grint and Emma Watson.
The closure from **Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2** is equal to the closure Cinema Dave felt concluding J.K. Rowling’s book. Let’s enjoy the waning days of **Harry Potter** mania and look towards our next social mythology.