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In a previous blog post, I have written about my disappointment with the way the final cut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 downplays the religious symbolism which is present both in the novel and  in some of the film’s unused set design elements. (You can read about it in this blog post: https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/christian-imagery-in-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-one/) Although there are some Christian images in the theatrical cut of DH1, there are not enough in comparison to the novel. (I really missed Harry and Hermione’s discussion of 1 Corinthians 15:26 in the Godric’s Hollow graveyard scene.)  I certainly don’t expect DH2 to be any better in that regard, but apparently some critics are seeing something with regards to Christian symbolism in the plot and themes of the film. Of course, I have not yet seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It will be released on July 15, 2011 in the United States, so I don’t know exactly what it is that these film critics are seeing. Here are some of the quotes from the latest reviews for consideration:

“These quests pit treachery and self-interest against steadfastness and sacrifice, a fundamental series conflict that’s embodied by Harry and Voldemort, the Christ and Satan at the center of Rowling’s coming-of-age saga. Still, the propulsive film (penned, like all but one of its predecessors, by Steve Kloves) remains interested in such religious notions of martyrdom, fate, and rebirth only insofar as they reflect the story’s overriding celebration of friendship as an unbreakable bond even under the greatest of strains.”

http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-07-13/film/harry-potter-s-final-destination/

“The final film is heavy on what can now be seen as the series’ Big Themes: mercy, self-sacrifice, forgiveness. In the way the overarching narrative eventually plays out, Rowling’s novels – and the ensuing films – seem deeply indebted to another literary fantasy series from a British author: C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Both use fantastical tales to get at deep truths.”

http://www.larsenonfilm.com/index.php?Page=SoloReview&ReviewID=2011

“Ultimately, though, the heart of the story is simple: a version of the messianic  myth, perhaps, or an allegory of growing up and mustering courage, loyalty, and  a belief in human decency in the face of evil and death.”

http://thephoenix.com/Boston/movies/123738-review-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part/

This review has a lot of commentary on the performances given by the various actors and actresses in the film. Be warned that it is filled with spoilers!

http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/movie-reviews/harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2-_-movie-review20110712.aspx

In addition to the religious symbolism and all of the deeper layers of meaning that the Harry Potter novels contain, I am enamoured with the character development of Rowling’s heroes, young and old, and I adore the blossoming romance between Harry’s sidekicks, Ron and Hermione. All of these reviews have comments that the Ron/Hermione shippers will appreciate:

“As with all finales, people are getting it on left, right and centre. The long-awaited kiss between Ron and Hermione isn’t a letdown, its sweetness reminding us of their true age and experience. With the maturity they’ve been playing with over the last couple of films, it’s nice to be brought back to something as simple as first love and awkward first kisses.”

http://www.moviereviews.co.uk/reviews/harry-potter-and-deathly-hallows-part-2-review

“Watson and Grint shine in their few scenes including that long-awaited kiss, and both sob convincingly as their teenage wizards come to terms with the enormity of their loss.” This reviewer is one of many who sees similarities between the war in DH2 and the epic battles in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: “There are echoes of The Battle of Helm’s Deep in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers as the forces of darkness breach the school’s walls with horrific intent.”

http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Whats-On-Leisure/Movies/Harry-Potter-11072011.htm

“The feeling that Voldemort and his dark minions are close on Harry’s heels is palpable, making small moments of intimacy (Ron and Hermione kiss like adults — then giggle with surprise like children) all the more precious.”

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20488634,00.html

“As the crucial battle against good and evil approaches, the simmering sexual tension between our young heroes is also broken and several romances blossom, with a passionate kiss between Ron and  Hermione prompting whoops of delight and applause from the auditorium.”

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/freetime/latest/9133274.MOVIE_REVIEW__Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows__Part_2_____/

I have indeed read reports from fans around the world that there were “whoops of delight and applause from the auditorium” when Ron and Hermione have their big moment. I am looking forward to seeing that scene in the theater and hearing the audience’s reaction to it, as well as hearing the audience’s response to Neville’s heroism, the Molly’s duel with Bellatrix, Harry’s self-sacrifice and final battle with Lord Voldemort, and most of all, Alan Rickman’s critically acclaimed performance of Severus Snape. Is it July 15th yet? 😉

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Spoiler warning! This video has additional clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 that have not been previously released, including more of the fiendfyre scene, Abeforth at the Hog’s Head, and Neville at Hogwarts. It also features short interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Tom Felton.

 

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Here are some photos of the heroes of the Battle of Hogwarts which I just reblogged on Tumblr. http://phoenixweasley.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 

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Voting has begun in the MTV Movies Blog event, The Harry Potter World Cup. You can watch a video in which James and Oliver Phelps make their predictions and you can read more about the tournament here: http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/06/17/harry-potter-world-cup-bracket/.

Here are some of the predictions from the blog post I just mentioned:

Privet Drive
Really, is there any chance that the Boy Who Lived doesn’t survive long enough to win his division? On the surface, Harry seems like a lock for the Final Four, but he does have some serious contenders to worry about, most notably Dobby, Professor McGonagall and — further down the line — Severus Snape. Smart money says that the Hogwarts hero and the Half-Blood Prince will be at each other’s throats when the Elite 8 comes around.

I completely agree with the prediction above, the question is, will the fandom support Snape or Harry in the Elite 8? It will be quite an intense match, but as much as I love Severus, I’ll bet my galleons on Harry in this one.

Godric’s Hollow
Again, it’s easy to say that Hermione Granger and Albus Dumbledore are locked and loaded for the final two positions in the Godric’s Hollow bracket. But don’t underestimate fan support for Remus Lupin (my personal favorite) or George Weasley (who’s sure to blow Umbridge out of the water once again). I know that more than a few of you are pulling for Hedwig and Fawkes, too, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see those two competitors take flight.

Another likely scenario, but I am not so sure about Hedwig. Hermione vs. Dumbledore would be another intense battle that I am anticipating. I’ll predict Hermione as the Godric’s Hollow champion in the Final Four.

Hogsmeade
Beyond some immeasurably cruel match-ups like Arthur Weasley versus his son Percy and Lily Potter against Horace Slughorn, it should go without saying that this division contains the biggest fear for “Potter” fans everywhere: Cedric Diggory, better known to many as “that dead dude Robert Pattinson played before he was Edward.” If the “Twilight” fans come out and support their champion, then Ron Weasley — and the rest of the bracket, for that matter — could very well fall under Cedric’s spell.

I think not. Cedric Diggory beating Ron Weasley?!? This isn’t Twilight, and Edward Cullen is not a contender. Even if he were, it’s Ron all the way on this one. Weasley is our King!

Diagon Alley
In my opinion, this is the most contentious corner of the entire Harry Potter World Cup. Draco Malfoy and You Know Who are the two players best positioned for success, but then you’ve got notable fan favorites like Sirius Black and his wicked murderer Bellatrix Lestrange who could absolutely go deep. Honestly, Diagon Alley is a bit of a toss-up, but if there’s one certainty, it’s this: Tom Riddle is going to destroy Moaning Myrtle. AGAIN!

The outcome for this division is the hardest one to predict. Personally, I’d like to see Molly Weasley or Sirius Black as a contender, but I think Lord Voldemort has the raw power to win this one.

There it is. My Final Four predictions are Harry, Hermione, Ron, and NYAAAAH!…  Voldemort. Will it be Harry vs. Voldemort in the final battle? If so, Harry would win, Voldemort would be destroyed, and the defeated Ron and Hermione could console each other by going off to snog. But what if the final showdown is between Hermione and Ron? I’ll predict Hermione would win, and Ron would say, “I let her win. It’s just good manners, isn’t it?” 😉 Ron vs. Harry? I’d remain loyal to Ron, but Harry might win that one. The same could be said for Harry vs. Hermione. Harry would probably win, but I’d vote for Hermione anyway. Well, what are you waiting for?

You can vote for your favorite Harry Potter characters here: http://moviesblog.mtv.com/ and view the tournament grid here: http://www.mtv.com/content/news/2011/harry_potter_world_cup.jhtml. Check the http://moviesblog.mtv.com/ site frequently for updates.

My picks for the first round of the Privet Drive division are Harry, Lucius Malfoy, Professor McGonagall, Neville, Dobby, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Professor Flitwick, and Severus Snape. In the Godric’s Hollow division, my selections are Hermione, Fawkes, Ginny, George, Seamus, Remus Lupin, Mr. Ollivander, and Albus Dumbledore. Voting is in progress now for the first round of the Godric’s Hollow division. Cast your votes now. 🙂

I’ll update this post as the http://moviesblog.mtv.com is updated.

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When re-reading the Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, I came across a passage that reminded me of another story that I love.

“Oh, what a shame!” said Lucy. “I did so want to read it again. Well, at least I must remember it. Let’s see … it was about … about … oh dear, it’s all fading away again.
“And even this last page is going blank. This is a very queer book. How can I have forgotten? It was about a cup and a sword and a tree and a green hill, I know that much. But I can’t remember and what shall I do?”
And she never could remember; and ever since that day what Lucy means by a good story is a story which reminds her of the forgotten story in the Magician’s Book.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Chapter 10

 

 

 

 

http://phoenixweasley.tumblr.com/post/6661287279/oh-what-a-shame-said-lucy-i-did-so-want-to

I think that we all know how Lucy felt at that moment.

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Warner Brothers official Harry Potter site has been updated with new film clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and all of them look fantastic! These clips can be seen at http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows. When you click on the site menu’s different selections, a new film clip will play as you go to each new page of the website. I strongly suspect that all of these clips are from the new trailer that is going to be released later today.

The tumblr blogger at  http://h0gwarts.tumblr.com/  is one of the many fans who has made gifs of the new film clips. Some of my favorites are these:

You can find a lot more of these (reblogged by me) on my Tumblr photo blog: http://phoenixweasley.tumblr.com/.

And thanks to http://rupelover.tumblr.com/ for posting these YouTube videos on Tumblr today. They are from the  YouTube channel.

Also from rupelover’s Tumblr is a photo that speaks for itself.

Word are inadequate to describe what I am feeling right now.

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The new Ultimate Edition DVDs of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were released yesterday. Both DVD sets include a special feature retrospective of the making of all eight films called “Creating the World of Harry Potter.” The Order of the Phoenix DVD set contains Part 5 of this special feature, “Evolution.” These screenshots of the cast and crew of Deathly Hallows Part 2 are from this special feature. (Minor spoiler warning below!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the last two it appears that Arthur and Hermione are trying to keep Ginny, Neville, and Ron from rushing forward, and perhaps doing something courageous but foolish. In the video it appears that they are being pushed back from something dreadful during the chaos of battle. It could be the scene when they think Harry has been killed.

Minor spoiler warning! These photos are from part 6 of feature, “Magical Effects.” Apparently Ron extracts the basilisk’s fang! And we get to see a bit more of Ron and Hermione holding hands, which is always a good thing. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, I am giving away a signed copy of my book, The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter at the Goodreads website on July 15, 2011. You can enter to win a copy of the book here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/7330-the-lord-of-the-hallows-christian-symbolism-and-themes-in-j-k-rowling. It would be greatly appreciated if you would help me spread the word about this. 🙂 It is difficult for a first-time author to promote a book, as I am relatively unknown outside of the Harry Potter convention fandom community.

If you would rather buy a copy today, you can purchase one at http://www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows/ or from http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hallows-Christian-Symbolism-Rowlings/dp/1432741128/ref=sr_1_cc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307225900&sr=1-1-catcorr. Thanks so much! Positive reviews are always welcome.

 

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