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Preview: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2”
It All Ends in 7 Days!
Friday, July 8, 2011
KPBS film critic Beth Accomando looks at the final installment of "Harry Potter."
In exactly one week it all ends. Not the world, just the "Harry Potter" film franchise. You can see two "Harry Potter" films a night at the AMC Mission Valley and Reading Clairemont starting Monday, July 11 and ending on FridayJuly 15 at 12:01am with the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." Listen to my radio feature.
When we last saw Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort had just stolen the one item that might spell defeat for Harry and his friends.
VOLDEMORT: Harry Potter, the boy who lived, come to die...
"I came out of 'Harry Potter 7, Part 1'" said Paloma Herrera, "And it was glorious and beautiful and I cried and I just died in there a little bit it."
Last November, Herrera was at the midnight screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1." Fans like Megan Hermer shared Herrera's opinion of the film but were also eager for the sequel that wouldn't arrive for another 9 months.
"I can't wait that long," said Hermer, "I need to get one of Hermione's time travelers to speed things up."
Well the wait is almost over now. As the posters tease: It all ends next Friday with the release of the final installment of the franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."
SNAPE: We kept him alive so that he can die at the proper moment.
"There is a bit of a frenzy for tickets right now," said Harry Medved, spokesman for the online ticketing company Fandango. "We've seen over 2000 sold out show times nationwide and in San Diego itself in San Diego County, for instance at the Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium, I counted about 12 to 13 sold out show times. This is for next Thursday night at midnight."
Tickets for "HP 7.2" have been on sale for almost a month and have consistently been in the top five ticket sales on a daily basis.
"It is the most anticipated movie of the year according to a poll onFandango," according to Medved, "It's very possibly going to be the biggest film of the year. We're also finding that we have this one price ticket for $45 where you get top see all 8 movies over 4 nights... and that's a hot ticket as well."
A hot ticket for die-hard fans who want all the movies fresh in their minds as they head into the final film. It's hard to believe that it's been a decadesince audiences were first introduced to the cherub-like young cast -- and yes they were adorable, round facedadolescents back in 2001 when "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" arrived in theaters.
HERMIONE: Holy cricket, you're Harry Potter. I'm Hermione Granger and you are?
RON: Ron Weasley.
HERMIONE: Pleasure. You two better get into robes I expect we'll be arriving soon.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have, like the characters, grown up with their fans. That may be one of the reason that fans are so invested inJ.K. Rowling's books and the subsequent films. Now many of the people you find waiting in line overnight for the new films are no longer elementary school kids and tweeners but rather teenagers like 18-year-old Anjela Fajardo.
"I grew up with Harry Potter," Fajardo told me back in November at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1." " I read my first Harry Potter book when I was 8."
And she's been loyal to the books and movies ever since. Last November she celebrated her 18th birthday by being first in line for "The Deathly Hallows Part 1." Although fans were eager to see how the films would bring their beloved books to an end, they were also happy to prolong their agony.
"Oh I'm glad. It gives us something to look forward to. It's the last one it's such a complex book there's no way to do it in one movie," said Michelle Courtney
Well the filmmakers' motives may not have been completely altruistic. Warner Brothers was none to eager to see its highly lucrative franchise come to an end and was happy to extend the book to two parts. The studio and filmmakers have also waited until the last film for 3-D. So "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" arrives in IMAX and 3-D on July 15.