Friday Flame Wars: The End Of Harry Potter – Do You Care?
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Poor Harry Potter fans. Your pathetic franchise is coming to an end. All you’ll have after tonight is a middling video game and the slow realization that Twihards will be getting something new while you’re still weeping for poor Fred1. Wizards? Magic? Dragons? Lame. Lame like Tiny Tim during the last 3 months of his second presidential term. Seriously, we cannot believe that grown-ups, actual grown ups, spend their time caring about this crap! The release of the final film in this unevenly adapted series of books is a reminder that despite quality, people will flock to anything with enough popularity like sheep. Good riddance.
Oh, except for the fact that they’re f*cking fantastic stories. Sure, they start out as by-the-numbers magical kid tales, but over the course of 7 books they become brutal and surprisingly mature. The series explores concepts like class warfare, the death of loved ones, racism, religious intolerance and the oppression and outright enslavement of minorities, while still managing to shoehorn in some exciting adventure, sports and yes, magic-that-happens-to-be-awesome. JK Rowling created a richly detailed universe populated by people who feel authentic and though the books aren’t perfect, they never betray a contempt for their audience. The films have been uneven, but they captured the spirit of the books and the release of the final movie is a bittersweet reminder of how rare a series like this comes along. We’ll miss it.
So which is it, Game Fronters? Potteryay or Potterboo? Let us know whether you love it, or wish you could Avada Kedavera it into oblivion, in comments.
1) SPOILER ALERT.