The countdown is on… It’s less than a month until the final instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise opens in cinemas and I am beside myself. Partly because the trailer suggests that the Deathly Hallows part 2 will be the most spectacular yet, but partly because it all ends (as the strapline says).
I have been a Harry Potter nutcase since I read the very first line of The Philosopher’s Stone, all those years ago, and I’m almost word-perfect on the novels and the movies. Like billions across the world, I’ve watched Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson grow up in front of me, and the characters who took shape in my head were steadily replaced with these young British actors. Admittedly, I spend too long lamenting the scenes that i feel were unjustly not included in the films (don’t get me started on Kreacher’s Tale), but I have loved every second I’ve spent re-reading and re-viewing the series and I know I shall be distraught once the closing credits roll on the last, and surely what must be the best, dramatic adventure on July 15th.
My friend Andrew, who understands, or at least endures, my Potter passion, recently gave me the entire, wonderful collection of all seven audiobooks, brilliantly narrated by Stephen Fry. I’d listened to all seven; I can’t even begin to work out how many hours worth; in four weeks.
So I was delighted to discover this morning that Cineworld is showing each of the seven films made to date over the preceeding seven nights (NB: If you’ve made tentative arrangments with me between 8th-15th July, consider them cancelled), but then I stumbled across some even better. brand new, more exciting news…news that has ignited a little flicker of hope in my sad, geeky, Potter-loving heart.
JK Rowling has a new project - http://www.pottermore.com – which is, we’re told, not a new book, but a new project, not directly related to the films.
There’s not too long to find out what it’s all about – JK Rowling will make the announcement on June 23rd – and such is the excitement around it that there’s already a countdown until the moment the plans are unveiled. Fansites such as Leaky Cauldron have been given a sneak preview and say that it is ‘breathtaking’, though they’re sworn to secrecy.
While many would like to see the next phase of Hogwarts, I’d love to see a prequel – see the antics of James, Lily, Sirius, Remus et al, and see the first war with Voldemort up until his first meeting with Harry. Time will tell. My friend Mark thinks we’re in for an animated series based on Hogwarts and the Potterverse – whatever it is, it’s exactly what I need to save me from not having any more Wizard fantasies to occupy me.
In the meantime, until June 23rd, or July 15th, here’s the final, fantastic, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer – it gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes – just imagine what I’m going to be like when I see it in all its iMax 3D glory… Merlin’s Pants!
And once I’ve recovered, there’s only one thing for it. My wand (a special Christmas present from The Boy)and I shall board the Hogwarts Express (or a Virgin jet) and head off to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. It’s the only way…