As the midnight premiers of “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” begins to rapidly approach, fans are starting to get serious about hoping the film matches the hype. While the fans of the Harry Potter franchise have developed into numbers that rival, and perhaps eclipse, “Star Wars” proportions, fans have rigid expectations when it comes to the adventures at Hogwarts.
Still fans are flocking to midnight shows of “Deathly Hallows”, feverishly hoping the hype of splitting the final installment into two movies delivers what they expect: more reward for their hopes. While there are longer books than the final chapter of the Harry Potter saga, this is the first movie to be split into two parts, and fans are no doubt hoping for proof that the movie delivers the details and storylines present in the book, rather than just a way for Warner Bros., the studio behind the Potter flicks, to snatch more galleons from their personal Gringotts.
Of course, the actual quality of “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows-Part 1” will have little to do with short term success. The film will likely be a breakout success on its’ first weekend in release, that much is clear. But in order for Warner to make a strong go with “Part 2”, it will have to measure up to expectations of a fan base that has grown older along with the characters in the books and films. If fans see the splitting of “Deathly Hallows” into two parts, they might be obliged to wait for the DVD of the second film, and of course “Twilight” fans will also be taking notes as the final movie in that saga is also due to be split into two separate movies.
Still, fans will likely accept “Deathly Hallows” for what the story is: a great send off to a friend that has been present in lives for a long time. As the final battle with Voldemort looms in the distance, just about everyone in the theater knows how the movie(s) end, the only real question is how the film gets there, and that will be the toughest battle of all.