The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most successful film series of all time. Billed as “the child of fairy tales and science fiction,” the film series has sold more than 450 million tickets around the world and been translated into 45 different languages.
The stories featured in Harry Potter are loved by people of all ages, but it’s not only the films’ young audiences that have benefited from J.K. Rowling’s creation. The novels have been credited with contributing to the empowerment of women, and their portrayal of strong heroines such as Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley has been noted for its groundbreaking nature.
The films’ incredible success has led to a series of companion books, known as “Deathly Hallows,” which wrap up the storylines for the last seven books in the series. While the main Harry Potter movies were released between 2000 and 2007, the Deathly Hallows books were first published between 2002 and 2005, and they were originally meant to accompany the then-upcoming final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The first of the Deathly Hallows books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in June 2005, and it featured a new storyline that tied together the previously independent stories from the seven books. The biggest challenge that J.K. Rowling and her team of writers faced was creating a single story that could serve as a satisfying conclusion to the films while also setting up a brand-new story for the young adult novelists who would become fans of the series.
The Evolution of Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy is one of the most beloved characters from the Harry Potter franchise, and for the past 20 years he has been featured in various media outlets, from animated TV shows to comic books to video games. Even President Barack Obama has referenced the teen wizard in a speech.
The Deathly Hallows books provided an opportunity to evolve Draco’s character, and the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, features a grown-up Draco who is unexpectedly paired up with Harry Potter for a mission to find and destroy the Horcruxes, the magical objects that Voldemort uses to channel his soul and become immortal.
Draco grows a great deal throughout the five years it takes to find and destroy all of Voldemorts’ Horcruxes, and by the end of the series he is even prepared to sacrifice his own life for the greater good. It is this increased maturity that has made Draco one of the most memorable characters from the series and made him a firm favorite among fans of all ages.
A Mature Bonding Experience
Another aspect of Harry Potter that has become a touchpoint for young and old alike is the films’ often epic story-lines and their incredible chemistry between the leads. While it’s never easy to find a truly effective way to show the bond between friends and lovers, the Harry Potter series pulls it off with such intimacy that it feels like you’re witnessing a real-life happily ever after.
Ginny Weasley and her best friend Hermione Granger are two of the biggest factors in the films’ success, and it’s these two women who are responsible for much of the franchise’s heartwarming moments. They’re often referred to as the “Masters of the Universe,” and their friendship and courage inspire women and teens around the world.
In the novel version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the two friends form a kind of superhero team, and it is the dynamic between these two wonderful heroines that makes this book a stand-out of the series. The screenwriters of the Harry Potter films did their homework and crafted the screenplay around this iconic friendship, and it was this close connection that the filmmakers were able to translate to the big screen.
An Unforgettable Conclusion
The Harry Potter series is a wonderful example of the benefits of a planned cinematic release. As the individual stories were published between 1997 and 2007, it was initially difficult to follow the plotlines without seeing the ending predicted by the author. This created a lot of suspense for the audience, as they had to wait until the end of the series to find out how it all worked out. It’s this combination of addictive storytelling and cliffhanger endings that has made the series so popular, with fans frequently returning to the park to see how the stories ended.
It is this connective tissue between the books and films that continues in the form of the Deathly Hallows franchise, where the individual stories are brought together to form one cohesive narrative that draws on all of the characters’ previous experiences. Each book in the Deathly Hallows series draws on a different character’s perspective, but they are all ultimately connected to the greater good against Voldemort. The books’ climactic battle with Voldemort is among the greatest fights in fantasy literature, and the filmmakers did their best to capture this classic confrontation on film.
It is this aspect of the Harry Potter films that makes them such a great example of cinematic greatness as opposed to pure entertainment. It’s an old adage in the film industry that the end of the series deserves to be screened as part of the finale of the theatrical release, and it’s an opinion that J.K. Rowling wholeheartedly agrees with.