The new trailer for the final 2 Harry Potter films hit the interwebs yesterday (and was attached to the new Twilight movie). Now I haven’t read any of the books, but I have seen all of the prequels and I can say this - the movies have made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever and I have no idea what the hell is going on. I know there is this kid named Harry Potter (who I thought was a character on M*A*S*H), some girl who I couldn’t consider hot until she was 18, Gandolf the wizard, a quiz show cheater, the voice of God, and, um, a great white shark, I think. Other than that, the rest is confusing. But one thing that I know for sure - for these movies to truly be epic, people have to die. Not just any people; the people in the movie. And not the actors, the characters - although…. Never mind. Where was I? Oh yes, death to Potter! (Not you Colonel). Now I know from reading the Wikipedia summaries (SPOILERS! SPOILERS SPOILERS! STOP HERE!) that some characters are going to die, which is cool, but unless Harry permanently kicks the bucket - I don’t believe he will achieve the true hero status.
This is a problem with most series, whether it be movies or television. I spent seven years watching Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG for you trek geeks) and one of the largest issues with that show was no matter what happened, you knew the main characters are never going to die. It’s a rule of TV, keep the main characters because that’s why people watch. Would the show be the same if Jean Luc was killed? Who could replace Worf? Or Troi? Wait, strike that last one, she’s replaceable. But if you really want to show a hero, you need to kill them. But it was stupid because they had a duplicate of him. Anyway, I want to see the hero save the day by sacrificing themselves for the greater good. Spock did it in Wrath of Khan and it was heroic, that was until the next movie when they fucked up the entire situation, and Data did the sacrifice in that last TNG movie, but again, fucked up because they had a copy of him saved on a floppy.
The TV series Angel had a great heroic moment in the first season, when, *sniff* Doyle *sniff* - I can’t talk about it, it’s too emotional.
There are only 2 instances of a TV series succeeding on the death of the characters, at least that I can think of. Doctor Who and James Bond. Even though we don’t see James Bond die, he is replaced constantly (which may give credence to the fact that James Bond is a title more than a real person) but Doctor Who actually dies and then regenerates. Recently David Tennant did just that. We witnessed his heroic effort, his sacrifice and ultimately his death, but then the regeneration took place and BAM! Matt Smith is taking off and we follow while still mourning our previous loss.
Anyway, somewhere I got off track about this Harry Potter trailer. The trailer was absolutely awesome and the movies look beautiful to watch - I just won’t count on them making any sense to me. Let’s just give Harry two to the head and move on.
And yes, I do know the picture in this post has nothing to do with what I wrote. That's just what I do.
That’s the way I see it, sorry you had to read it.