Saturday, July 23, 2011
Harry Potter--Chills, Tears, and Honor
I only just started the books about a year ago and read them out to my kids. We didn't have time to finish them before the last film, Deathly Hallows Part 2, which we wanted to see in the theater.
We did and it was superlative. Aside from the compelling characters, incredible direction and amazing FX, what impressed me most was the realization that the author cared about her readers. J.K. Rowling never forgot her responsibility to her fans and she treated them with utmost honor and respect.
We can easily see times when the almighty dollar takes precedence over storytelling (think most film sequels), when what made the movie or book so good the first time is absent the second time around. Why can't the powers that be recognize what originally made the story great and replicate it?
I believe J.K. Rowling did not bump into success, instead, she wrote from her heart and continued writing that way through the series. She knew what made them good and didn't have to cobble something together to continue cashing in. It was as if Harry, Ron, and Hermione were her children, and like any good mom, she saw them through to the end.
And fans of Harry Potter recognized this. It's a symbiotic honor between storyteller and reader--as a good story is meant to be.