Harry Potter Crosses the Finish Line
July 18, 2011
I decided about halfway through Deathly Hallows 2 that I really wished I hadn’t read the book. Then maybe I would have felt some suspense. It’s a well made movie, but I grew frustrated that I wasn’t feeling anything that I was supposed to be feeling. Our beloved Hogwarts is being destroyed before our eyes, students being torn limb from limb, and the film progressed onward with the mechanical inevitability of a mediocre war movie. Nothing shocked me.
Harry and Co. became rather unpleasantly amoral (or they’ve been that way for awhile and I just didn’t notice quite as much as I did this time). They left Gringotts a smoking ruin behind them, hundreds of goblins and guards dead, but it’s all for a good cause, isn’t it? And we will in fact lock up an entire Hogwarts house in the dungeon based purely on association. At the end, when Harry’s son worries about the sorting hat putting him in Slytherin and Harry tries to reassure him that it would be okay because Snape was Slytherin, I thought, “No, the kid’s right to worry.”
On the other hand, the Gringotts white dragon was a fantastic proof of concept for a Dragonriders of Pern movie. Surely someone in Hollywood noticed that.