Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Sticks to the Text
T-minus 14 days till the final theatrical installment of the Harry Potter films hits the theaters. This may very well be the most anticipated of the summer sequels. In a very un-Hollywood like fashion, Warner Brothers and author J.K. Rowling agreed to split the theatrical versions of the final tome in half to adhere to authenticity. This has left Harry Potter fans waiting in a to-be-continued holding pattern that seemed to be initiated by a sleeping air traffic controller since last November. For fans the waiting has been the equivalent of reading half the final novel only to drop the thing overboard in the middle of the Pacific during a white squall during a eight month crossing.
Here is the trailer for the film in case you find the final days of waiting to be too unbearable, and a spoiler below the video:
Spoiler Alert: Despite the suicidal untethered death fall depicted in the trailer, Harry Potter does not die.
As a side-note: During the immeasurable wait between films releases, I fulfilled my Harry Potter obsession with a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. The main attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, was by far the best non-roller coaster attraction in Orlando. I highly recommend checking it out. Below is a ride through video of the attraction, imagine the accompanying motion and you get the idea but not the full experience.
No matter how well the screen writers adhered to J.K. Rowling’s prose, I can assure you that the seven first editions sitting on my book shelf have provided me with many more hours of entertainment than any of the films ever will. That being said, I’ll see you in line for the midnight premier in T-minus 13 days and forty minutes…