You will have to excuse me as I possibly expand the scope of my blog just a wee bit. Linus’s Blanket is all about the things in life that bring me comfort – books, food, food books, food, books. I think you get the drift. But I have always loved movie trailers. Always thought that they are an art in themselves- they bring me deep comfort in a way that is separate from movies themselves. If there was a channel that exclusively showed movie trailers, then I would watch it all day long.
The other day I was on the phone with Amy, having a marathon conversation on all the different projects on which we are jointly involved. When our brains exploded and we had to turn to a different topic to get a bit of a break, we somehow started talking about the Harry Potter books and movies. I haven’t read any of the books, but I did fall asleep on the first movie, which I enjoyed but thought was way too long. I never saw another one, always thinking about how I had fallen asleep during the first one (I haven’t seen Lost either- same thing, fell asleep during the pilot). As the last of the movies get made, I wondered how I would feel if I started to read the books now, as one of the only people on the planet who didn’t read the books as they were first coming out.
I wonder if reading Harry Potter along with others who were doing the same thing enhanced the experience in a way that enhanced all of the books, much like I feel the reading of the Hunger Games books have been enhanced by the community around those books. I have wondered with many other readers what will happen to Katniss, if she will choose either Gayle or Peeta, and if Mockingjay will really be the final book, or if it will set something else new up completely? It’s fun to speculate and anticipate with friends, and then go on to share your joys and disappointments.
This trailer is intriguing to me because whether I have watched any of the rest of the series, I know that Harry is preparing to deal with one of the biggest showdowns of his life. He looks wrung out, and that heavy shadowing of hair on his young face makes him look like he has experienced some hellish things, so much so that the creature holding him marvels at how he can still live. What happened Harry? Cue dramatic music, glimpsed fight scenes, dramatic shouting and stir. I have to admit that this trailer formula works on me, sap that I am. The same mojo was working in the trailer for Never Let Me Go, albeit much more subtly.
What sayeth my Harry Potter Fans? Are you looking forward to this movie? Will I enjoy this series if I read it on my own? Were the books and the reading experience better for you because you were reading it with other people? Are there lots of non-human humanoid creatures running around which will annoy me? How do you feel about the fact that this movie has been split into two parts? More of Harry to love? Or just too long and plain annoying?