Hairy Plotter 2

It’s ironic that I would write about recycling the day before I review the very very very last Harry Potter movie because that is what I feel the Harry Potter plot/story/movie is – recycled.

I have made no secret that I am not a big Harry Potter fan, while I still give HUGE props to J.K. Rowling for her phenomenal accomplishment.

Before I make a withdrawal, let me first make a deposit by giving high praise to the movie making itself. When it comes to special effects, scenery, imagery, etc. it doesn’t get much better than the Harry Potter films. I am always completely transported into the magical world they create.

(Here comes the big but . . ) BUT, truth be told, it is essentially the same story being told seven times. Actually, eight times since they split the final book into two parts. The only difference is that after the battle between Harry and He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named-But-Whose-Name-They-Can-Randomly-Say-Sometimes-Anyway that always takes place at the end of the movie, this time Voldie FINALLY kicks the bucket.

It is the ultimate challenge to pull off successful sequels in any form. The first book/movie is the honeymoon – everything is new and exciting. The concept is fresh, we meet new characters and we anxiously await each adventure as it unfolds.

Then the honeymoon is over and the real work on the relationship begins. The love is still there, but the newness factor is gone so we must work harder to keep things lively.

Like in marriage, we all know what we want the ending to be – “and they all lived happily ever after!” Therefore, the excitement and interest must come from the journey. We all know couples who stick out their marriage for the kids or out of cultural pressure, but nobody wants to watch that painful journey unfold.

You might be thinking at this point, “She calls this a movie review? She’s not even talking about the Harry Potter movie! It just sounds like she needs marriage counseling.”

The reason I have gone off on this marital metaphor instead of blabbing philosophical about the deeper meaning of the HP plot is because there is nothing about this Harry Potter movie that I could say that you don’t already know – charms, spells, near death escapes, flying brooms, creepy creatures, wands, secret passageways, good vs. evil and so on. The effects are super cool, but the journey is same old same old. Each Harry Potter story does have excitement, but it’s not new excitement, although there is considerably more blood and carnage this time.

You might not think the marriage metaphor has any validity to the Harry Potter series, but have you ever considered the irony that the HP tale covers seven years? Haven’t you ever heard of the “seven year itch” in marriage?”

It’s time to scratch.

2 thoughts on “Hairy Plotter

  1. Reply Michelle Jul 21,2011 10:10 pm

    Wow. Gotta say you’re the first writer I’ve heard call the Harry Potter series recycled. I find the story to be incredibly unique and incredible how the final details almost flawlessly connect though each of the books. I’ve said many times, the 7th book is one of the best written I’ve ever read (though the beginning did drag a bit). Which, as you outlined above, is an incredible accomplishment as there’s a tendency for writing and plot to go down the drain as a series progresses (cough, Twilight!).

  2. Reply Linda Johnson Aug 6,2011 11:55 am

    My comment is for Michelle, rather than Kari. I have to agree with you. I think JK Rowling is one of the best writers around (and I have read a LOT of fiction). Whereas, she-whose-name-I-can’t-remember (Twilight series) is a great example of the polar opposite. It’s amazing to me that she has such a following.

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