The reviews for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are starting to pour in and, so far, with a few exceptions, the critics seem to be loving it.
Almost all of the reviewers are drawing attention to the scary subject matter, the somber tone, the stellar performances, and, most notably, the inevitable maturation of the three main characters.
Here's The Stir's review written by Brittny Drye:
No fun Quidditch games, no sneaky magical pranks pulled in the Hogwarts halls -- those days are long gone. Goodbye youth, we gotta wear our big-kid pants now and fight dark wizards.
A.O. Scott, writing for The New York Times, also pointed out how the characters have grown:
In this chapter their adventures have an especially somber and scary coloration, as the three friends are cast out from the protective cocoon of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry into a bleak, perilous grown-up world that tests the independence they have struggled to obtain under the not-always-benevolent eyes of their teachers.
And Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times dwells on the sexual tension that exists between Harry, Ron, and Hermione:
... it allows Harry and Hermione to become closer friends than ever, confidants, and even, yes, in love. They share a kiss so chaste that passion seems a stranger to them ... And they are nude, or almost nude, as they stand close to each other and ghostly CGI mists obscure all the naughty bits as efficiently as fig leaves.
In case you missed it: Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all grown up now. Much like the book series, the movie franchise started off being all fun and games and adorable awkward kids running around with broomsticks and wands. Now it has evolved into something disturbing and moving and paralleling the struggles and dark forces found in real life.
And you know what? I think Harry Potter fans can definitely handle it.
Are you going to see Harry Potter this weekend?
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