WIZARDS IN WARTIME

July 15, 2011

My article on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is now up on the GMANEWS.TV lifestyle channel.

We were fortunate enough to get a couple of tickets to the premiere courtesy of Columbia Pictures/Warner Bros Phils, so me and Tanya hied off to Manila, to the MOA IMAX/3D theater.

The cosplayers of Hogwarts Phils were in attendance posing and frolicking in their robes and wands for the long queue and the press. While I wasn’t a fan of the franchise (so sue me) and I’d only read one of the books (am an old skool fantasy kind of guy) this was still an impressive display of visual pyrotechnics and a meaty coming of age story.

It’s a magickal war movie! Woohoo!

I’ll tell you now though, I wish Rowling was brave enough to kill more major characters. Even one of the trio. Then again I guess she isn’t as possessed of mad narrative skillz as GRRM (yeah, you heard me).

Deathly Hallows 2 is impressive end to Harry Potter saga

By KARL R. De MESA

Farewell, Harry. Like the tag line states, “It all ends here.”

The first thing you need to know about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros Pictures) is that this last installment of the JK Rowling book adaptation is astounding. This is a gorgeously rendered film that’s been shot entirely in 3D. If you watch it in that format inside an IMAX theatre, then you can expect twice the visual pleasure. I kid you not.

The people behind the movie assume that almost all viewers of Deathly Hallows Part 2 have read the last in the 7-series book and seen the first installment of the two-part movie, so the only catching up that’s given are the final images from Part 1: Lord Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from the crypt of Hogwarts’ ex-Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, and Severus Snape looking down broodingly on the school he now rules as new Headmaster.

This is no longer a movie for children. This is the Harry Potter version of a war movie, more action-packed than any of the previous installments.

Yet, this is still a children’s war. The trio of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley are outmatched, outgunned, and outnumbered at nearly every turn. It really is David vs Goliath, the guerrilla fight against an impending evil empire bent on imposing its will on both the muggle and wizarding worlds.

Feeling the pressure mount, Harry at one point desperately asks Hermione: “When have any of our plans actually worked? We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose.” And all hell does when Hogwarts is finally attacked.

Read the rest of it HERE.

 

The actors speak about their roles in Deathly Hallows, Part 2

DANIEL RADCLIFFE (HARRY POTTER) 

“I couldn’t even attempt to sum up what the role of Harry Potter has meant to me, but I can say that I never took the opportunity to play him lightly. It may have been the same character, but like anyone else, Harry changed a lot over the years so, as an actor, I looked at each film as an opportunity to do something fresh and to develop another set of skills.”

 

EMMA WATSON (HERMIONE GRANGER)

“I feel very privileged to have played Hermione. I think she’s someone young girls can look up to because she’s always true to herself. She’s very smart and an incredibly courageous and loyal friend who keeps a cool head in extremely difficult situations.  It was wonderful to be able to bring across those elements of her personality throughout the films.”

 

RUPERT GRINT (RON WEASLEY)

“I know I’ll miss playing Ron because there was a time when I was him more than I wasn’t him,” Rupert Grint laughs. “And I really liked the development of his character.  He started out as a kid who was quite easily scared and it was nice to see him grow up to be brave and resourceful, particularly in this last movie where they are in such an unpredictable and dangerous place.”

 

RALPH FIENNES (LORD VOLDEMORT)

“[Voldemort] is very tender with [Nagini, his snake]. It is quite possibly the most intimate relationship he’s ever had, like a fellow spirit.”

“Something essential is ripped out of Voldemort every time a Horcrux is destroyed and David [Yates, director] encouraged me to play those scenes as if he’s imploding.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros Pictures) is currently showing in all major theaters and cinemas.

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One Response to “WIZARDS IN WARTIME”

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