Harry Potter’s final movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – July 15th 2011) is fast approaching. For author J K Rowling it has already been a mixture of relief and sadness to write the last page of the last book for Harry Potter. For fans, the series will be remembered as a fantasy adventure with a fairy tale ending.
In a statement on J K Rowling’s website, she said, ‘I've never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric’. I won’t spoil the ending for those that haven’t already read the final book, but the epilogue at the end, rewards the reader with a ‘happy ever after’ type of conclusion.
Most fans would probably scoff at the idea of the Harry Potter series being likened to a fairy tale, especially as it hints at real life issues, saturated in a strong fantasy theme. However, traditional fairy tales were originally not like the
Disneyland movies of modern times. They have been altered over time to become more appealing to children.
The term, ‘fantasy’ is defined as, ‘a genre of fiction that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot, theme or setting’. This certainly fits the Harry Potter genre. The term ‘fairy tale’ is defined as a narrative that typically features characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants or enchantments, and contains a moral tale. It’s not easy to totally discount this genre either.
It may seem difficult to consider Harry Potter as a fairy tale, with such a strong fantasy element throughout. However, the 'true to life' issues raised in the series, which touch the heart of fans, and the final epilogue, leaves no doubt. After all that he has been through there would be few that would not agree - Harry Potter deserves a fairy tale ending.
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