July 15th will be a significant date for many: it’s the date when childhood officially ends, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows makes its premiere in most of the world. For many who grew up with the franchise, and along with Harry Potter, this is a milestone as the epic saga arrives its conclusion after 8 movies that have become modern classics and fan favorites throughout the years.
Aware of how meaningful this even is, the movie directed by David Yates carries the legend “It All Ends” on every poster and piece of advertising promoting the movie. It can’t be made clearer: this final movie is cherry top of a banquet for fantasy fans that have been following the books and movies starred by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson for years.
This movie starts right where the previous one left off, and follows Harry and his mates on their final adventure that leads up to to the long-awaited confrontation with the noseless Lord Voldemort himself. The movie promises to follow the mood of its predecessor, with the same bleak and dark aesthetics of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 that at times seemed more reminiscent of Nazi Germany than modern-time London.
Harry Potter, one of the most successful franchises of our time, is based on the series of books by J.K. Rowling. She rose from unknown novelist to international best-seller thanks to her 7 books released between 1997 and 2007.
Thanks to the books phenomenal success amongst the younger crowd, and the not so young too, 8 films were produced starting in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, an adaptation of the first novel in the series. Since then, it’s been a constant success and a permanent presence in movie theaters every holiday season, spanning an endless supply of products, merchandising, adaptation and parodies throughout the world.
Now, as the final movie comes out, adapting the second half of the novel “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” comes out, we may call this the end of an era.