The best way to describe the Harry Potter films is at the end. When all is said and done, and the magic has wrapped up, Harry Potter is a film series about how greatness is controlling one’s power when one could have used it and to use one’s power judiciously.
To me this is a theme that stands alone and the vehicle for it is a film. It’s not about supernatural magic per-se and shouldn’t be because using real magic is messing with people’s lives.
It all comes to a somewhat riveting head in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (2011), after a lacklustre first part in 2010. Part II is where Harry Potter ends, on a thematically conducive note.
The finale proves that the Potter films can have a place in one’s heart. One realizes an affinity for Harry and his friends, for Dumbledore, Hagrid, and others, and by the end, it’s a touch sad that this is the end of the series. In feeling this, the series must have worked in terms of a myth that moved me.
I was expecting a big showdown between Harry and Voldemort in good versus evil style and in this it delivers.
In terms of story, everything is not what it seems and things turn to custard fast. It may keep one on tender hooks. But all is not lost for Harry and company.
In terms of the Harry Potter detail I’m not a follower, but the theme is a beauty and rounds the story off nicely: greatness is not equated with being powerful, but by controlling one’s power when one could have used it. This in terms of powerful people being good with the people they may influence.
A good theme in the most action-packed and visually impressive of the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (2011) Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes. Director: David Yates.