My Experience with Harry Potter
I first came across Harry Potter back when I was in high school. To give you some sort of time frame, I graduated in 2001. I was working the cash register at the local CVS store. They apparently were selling Harry Potter books, so I picked up the very first volume and started reading during the down time. This maybe took place over a couple of consecutive days. From that limited reading of Harry Potter, I have to say that it was an interesting story. That being said, the occult always seems to be more interesting than the everyday, non-magical life.
So here I am now, about ten years later, and still hearing about Harry Potter. It is very reminiscent of every conversation I have about the Simpsons, only that cartoon has been around since I was in the 3rd grade (and probably longer).
It is now the opening weekend for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. I hear various chatter between rivaling factions on Facebook. One camp says, “Harry Potter?!? Grow up!” The other camp says, “I am a ________ (insert affiliation here), and I am a proud Harry Potter fan,” or “I can’t wait to see Harry Potter tonight!”
So, from the perspective of an outsider, what is my take on the movie? I have only seen bits and pieces of Harry Potter movies from what is aired on network TV. Is there anything compelling me to start at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1? I hear that you could start at this one and be able to pick up on what’s going on. But do I want to? The other thing I am consistently hearing is that the movies consistently get darker as the sequels come out.
As a person who likes good movies and really does not like the bad ones, I ask myself this before partaking in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows fandom: “Do I think that this movie could possibly wow me in such a way that I would instantly become a fan?” The answer to that question is, “no”. I consistently say in movie reviews that the new-age of CGI (computer-generated images) will ruin a movie for me if it is not believable and blatantly obvious. Before I even go into this movie, I know it will be over-the-top CGI, and presented as dark and gloomy. Where is the good guy? Harry Potter is supposedly a good wizard, but it seems more like it is the really evil dark forces versus the lesser evil dark forces, but packaged as a nice, good wizard. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will have to make several hundred million off of a different breed of movie-goers, because I don’t anticipate seeing this one.