Harry Potter: Painfully Real Wizarding World
The incredible and well-deserved success of the first Harry Potter novel made its adaptation almost inevitable. The continuation of the epic about the adventures of the young wizard was also immediately reflected on the screen – readers and admirers simply did not think that they would not see with their own eyes every line written by Joan Rolling . Although the scripts were cut to accommodate screen time, the filmmakers managed to keep the Potterian world alive and out of fan criticism. The last, final part, nevertheless, had to be divided into two films; everyone wanted to “savor” the finale of the story on which a whole generation had grown up.
Fairy tale and reality
Adults need a fairy tale to return to childhood; a fairy tale is necessary for children to engage their imaginations. The whole question is what life lesson will be learned, according to the saying, “good fellows” from the hints scattered along the fairy paths. The heroes of the “Potterians” films are magicians and wizards; but supernatural abilities do not make life easier for them.
In the most crucial moments, magic wands are powerless, and ordinary human qualities help. Heroes need wisdom to make a choice between good and evil, they need trust and loyalty to get out of any situation with honor, they need honesty and toughness to defend their principles. And here the skills for brewing witchcraft and knowledge of spells do not change anything.
The stories of unfortunate orphans who huddle in a closet under the stairs, and then become rich and famous, have given the world many favorite heroes, starting with Cinderella. Looking at a slender boy with glasses being bullied by nasty fat relatives, it is immediately clear to the audience that they will have an exciting story with a brilliant ending; waiting for this ending makes us believe in a better future – both for himself and for Harry.
Education and school
As befits teen films, much of The Potter’s action takes place at school. Before us is a model of an ideal education system, which every spectator immediately began to dream about. Meanwhile, there is nothing supernatural in the fairytale school of Hoggwarts: this is an example of an institution based on the principles of classical education, in which teachers try to teach their students the values of life and the desire to comprehend knowledge, and not cram into them forcibly structured and chewed information in the form of dates and quotes that flies out of my head on the morning after the exam.
The school, where the teenage orphan falls, lives a special life not because it teaches sorcery, but because it has historical, cultural and spiritual roots. She instills spiritual values, educates students, creates a unique educational environment.
Chosen by fate
Harry Potter grew up among people who were alien to him in spirit, albeit relatives by blood. This feeling is very close to many teenagers; they try to isolate themselves from reality, to escape into the world of fantasy. And so Harry receives a letter brought by an owl, learns that he is not an ordinary child, but a wizard, and goes to the fantastic world of his own kind.
Teenagers, feeling their isolation from society, strive to find themselves, their own “I”, leaving reality. But she lies in wait for them at every step, scorching the wings of a dream. Therefore, the meaning of the first Harry Potter films is a solution to typically teenage problems: relationships with relatives, adaptation in a team, relationships with friends, falling in love, envy, gossip, attempts to gain authority among peers.
The childish spontaneity and adventurism of the first three films are replaced by a teenage thirst for adventure, efforts to find answers to sacred questions about the meaning of life, and now in the final film “The Deathly Hallows” before us are young men and women who are no longer children, but have not yet lost their children’s faith in Good … They gave up mischief and learned to think like an adult, make important decisions and take responsibility for them.
The magic of family love
Harry’s love for deceased parents, themes of self-sacrifice, loving family, loyalty and raising children reconciled even the magic-hating religious orthodoxes with the “Potterians” films.
The film is based on maternal love: every second we are reminded that Harry’s mother protected him from death. Her love continues to protect the young wizard, and this is touching, of course, does not need to be deciphered, because at a subconscious level, each person feels the protection of mother’s love. The Weasley family is the same example of the relationship between adults and children in a loving family. The finale of the “magic saga” – two friendly married couples with children – looks absolutely natural: the heroes were striving not just for abstract love, but for family love, with all its traditional and absolutely non-magical values.
Conquer your fear
Everyone is afraid of something: heights, darkness, loneliness. Sometimes these fears are ashamed to admit. Sometimes it seems that we are powerless in front of our fears, that other people are free from them, and therefore they are stronger and smarter than us. But the Harry Potter films free us from a sense of inferiority: even wizards and magicians are afraid of something.
Harry Potter is afraid to chicken out at an important moment, Ron is afraid of spiders. Almost everyone is afraid of the Dementors – creatures that bring despondency and death, and the Dark Lord. Overcoming these fears does not lie on the magical, not on the magical plane; it is a consequence of the moral efforts of the heroes. Defeating them means defeating your enemies. It is no coincidence that Harry is the last “Horcrux” of the Dark Lord. To defeat his main enemy, he needs to defeat himself.
Harry Potter met death without fear, as a worthy rival, and the Dark Lord, trying to defeat death, changed his nature. Love and will to live made Harry a winner; his opponent became a hostage to death and lost.
The Dark Lord played “hide and seek” with death, mutilated his soul and the souls of those who were involved in his dangerous games. Harry was not trying to overcome death by magic or any other means; he loved and was friends, cried and rejoiced, and therefore was able to prevail in a duel with a strong and experienced enemy.
The magic power of friendship and love
The trinity of friends and the classic love triangle – Harry, Ron and Hermione – have left fans worried: how will their relationship turn out? Harry lost in this friendly duel; he and Hermione are too strong personalities, their union would be impossible. Ron’s jealousy is in vain: Harry could not have hurt his heart. Psychologically dependent on a stronger partner, Ron found his support and support in Hermione, and Harry fell in love with his sister, reliable and loyal Ginny.
Married couples have developed harmoniously. Love in the world of “Potteriana” is not an all-consuming passion that pushes a person to madness, but a strong and deep feeling that gives joy and self-confidence. It is the only force in the world that overcomes both the terrible spells of enemies and death itself. The unwritten “code of camaraderie” of the heroes included respect for a friend, loyalty, decency, equality, and willingness to help.
Moral and psychological aspects of films
To be faithful to principles, to be able to trust friends, to resist evil with all his might – this is the main meaning of the franchise and the moral that unites all seven films that raise all pressing issues: racial and national tolerance, chauvinism, gender equality, the impact on human consciousness of the media, problems of ethics in science, problems from the field of political science – state structure, corruption, abuse of power.
All Harry Potter films were included in the thirty highest grossing films in the history of cinema. The heroes of the film grew up with the audience; they fought together, loved, were friends, suffered from resentment and injustice. And if we rip off the “magic” husk from the epic, we will see a teenage novel about growing up and the formation of a personality that is exciting with the truth of life.