The Harry Potter movies have been enormously successful. They are based on a very old story theme, the lost prince. What child has not wondered how such an extraordinary person such as himself could possibly be related to their mediocre and average family? Maybe they are really a prince who was kidnapped and swapped for an ordinary child while still a baby. Along comes Harry Potter and his family of “muggles” who were just too horrible to be believable.
Burt and I have gone to all of the Harry Potter movies. In general, we enjoyed them. We liked all the exotic locations, characters, magic, etc. However, we did have some problems with the general story line. All through the movies, everyone keeps looking at Harry Potter as some sort of messiah figure that is going to save everyone from the evil Voldamort. He is supposed to be a very powerful wizard. However, in the movies, things seem to happen around, and to, him. He is at the center but seldom is he the prime mover of that action. He seems to be a bit bemused by all the adulation and is unsure of himself. When he is successful, it almost seems like an accident. Hermione appears to have the most magical knowledge, skill and power. She is always saving Harry and Ron. Or other supporting characters save him, sometimes at their own expense.
We saw the most recent movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, a couple of weeks ago. Unlike the prior movies, most of the movie did not take place at Hogwarts and this location was sorely missed. While the early part featured some of the continuing characters from the series, by the middle of the movie, most of them had vanished. Most of the second half of the movie took place around the English countryside. While the travelogue was visually interesting, the action of the movie was not. It was a lot of teen angst. Hermione and Ron argued. Hermione and Ron fell out. Ron leaves, Harry walks on eggshells, Hermione pouts, Ron comes back, Hermione is angry, etc, etc, etc.
As the movie ends, once again, the action swirls around Harry Potter. Hermione is a heroine once again. The little house-elf Dobby, in a flash of unexpected magical power saves Harry, Hermione and Ron at the expense of his life.
We do look forward to seeing Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, Part 2, because it promises to be filled with action and resolutions. On the other hand, as the old joke goes, are people applauding because of how good the show was or because it is over.