I usually leave the trailer park stuff to Margaret, only stepping in if she’s too busy to fit the column into her schedule. This week she wasn’t too busy, giving a nice write-up of Larry Crowne. I couldn’t let the latest (and probably last) trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 go by unnoticed however, so you get two trailer park entries this week.
The last couple of Harry Potter films have suffered from a lack of climax. This more of an issue for Half-Blood Prince which completely ignored the book’s climax but wasn’t as huge a problem with Deathly Hallows Part 1, although there was a lot of setup for the second half of the story. With this trailer it’s pretty evident that there will be enough climactic material to make up for the last few movies. Harry and his friends are obviously going out on a high note, and it’s sure to be both exhilarating and devastating to fans everywhere.
I love how this trailer is composed, reminding us of Harry’s legacy – his mother’s last words, his first time picking up a wand, the trip across the lake, and his first Quiddich game. And then all of those memories are shattered by the reality of the present as the Quiddich field is seen ablaze, the towers crashing to the ground. Those who have read the books know what they’re looking here, particularly with the footage of Harry, Ron, and Hermione infiltrating Gringotts. For those not in the know, however, I’m sure the trailer has a lot of WTF moments… moments that are sure to pay off in the final film.
It’s definitely sad that the final movie has arrived. Harry’s story comes to a close for a second time for those who have read the books, and we are to mourn the end of his story all over again. Hold on tight, it’s sure to be a bumpy, tear-streaked ride, exactly as it should be.