Arts, Entertainment & Media
July Thu 21, 2011
For fans of Harry Potter, the moment has come to say goodbye to their darling. With the release of the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the story of the English wizard, which, like King Midas, turns everything it touches into gold, launching a global business, is at an end. It was 2001 when Chris Columbus directed the first film of the saga created by JK Rowling. The eleven-year-old Harry entered into a bizarre world, populated by strange creatures and governed by enchantments in Latin, meeting friends destined to become his new family and an enemy that would haunt him for seven long books and eight movies. Ten years later, Harry, Ron and Hermione completed their apprenticeship (and the actors that played them, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have become stars) and they can face the most powerful wizards. The world created by JK Rowling is so rich in details, connections, characters, literary references (the Dementors are reminiscent of the Ringwraiths of Tolkien, Voldemort is reminiscent of Sauron and Greek mythology returns continuously), and original inventions that capture the attention not only of children, but also of adults.The fascination of magic with its repertory of objects and legends, spells and caldrons is made powerful by its deep connection to reality because the society of wizards mirrors our own. There is a Minister, a prison, a well-structured scholastic system, a national sport and even discrimination against “Half-Bloods”. The story of the orphan boy (with a clear reference to the literary tradition of Charles Dickens) catapulted into this extraordinary dimension shows us that, when we discover our real identity, it is possible to control the events around us instead of simply being subject to them.
Rowling should also be recognized for another merit. Challenging the convention of the Good Guy and the Bad Guy who are diametrically opposed, she created a deep connection between the hero and anti-hero, between Harry and Voldemort, who reveal many disquieting common characteristics. Both are orphans, both talented, both have the possibility of doing extraordinary things in the name of Good or Evil. And it is not destiny that puts them on one path or the other, but their own choices. The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended with the death of the house-elf Dobby, a sort of symbolic goodbye to the thoughtlessness, laughter, banquets and oddities of the world of Hogwarts. In the final chapter, inevitably, attention is concentrated on the final battle and the tone of the film keeps getting darker. Voldemort comes out into the open, kills his enemies and even his followers as though they were flies, confirming himself to be an all-around bad guy who embraced the path of evil without remorse. There is no redemption for him.
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