Thursday, November 17, 2005
Midnight madness for Harry Potter fans
What has been considered by many Harry Potter fans as the best book thus far in the series will hit the big screen starting midnight tonight!
Normally, I am never excited about a movie premiering at the box office. I'm a DVD kinda gal. But this movie, I must admit, is becoming one of those "you have to see it on the big screen" types.
My own opinion on why this movie will turn into the "must see" Harry Potter movie has a lot to do with how it was made.
The director of movie number four, Mike Newell, is British. The other two directors were an American (Chris Columbus - Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets) and a Mexican (Alfonso Cuarón - Prisoner of Azkaban). Nothing against any of the three previous movies - they were very good indeed. But this movie will definitely have that certain dark "British humor" flare about it. I feel Newell will finally bring to light on the screen what JK Rowling is able to bring to life with her writing.
Also, Harry Potter being a worldwide phenomenon helps at bit.
He is what every person to a degree wishes they were. He went from Boy Average in the muggle world to famous wizard in the magical world. He is the Mega Millions lottery winning ticket holder. He went from nothing to everything ... for a price.
That's what draws people to Harry. He is "the boy who lived". He's a powerful person who's still in training and finds himself in confrontations that astound the omnipotent and omniscient. He faces his fears, wrestles with his emotions, and defies authority to do what is right regardless of the rules or consequences. He is a reluctant hero.
And he is about to face his greatest challenge yet. And for those of us who have read the books, we know the future holds even more danger and more difficult decisions. Goblet of Fire is only the beginning.
Dark and difficult times do indeed lie ahead for you, Harry.