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Wingardium leviosa! – The first Harry Potter movie is 20 years old

Just twenty years ago, the first story of our favorite wizard, Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer’s Stone, debuted on canvas. The books and film series have defined the lives of an entire generation, including ours, the Potter-worshiping millennials. Growing up with the characters in Gryffindor was a lasting experience, even if we were envious at times because the stairs in our elementary schools weren’t so whimsical. Instead of potions, we only got the plain multiplier. Waiting for Harry Potter movies year after year and then sitting on them with a hefty dose of popcorn became a sense of life for us.

  • “Joy always helps us, even when the darkness is complete because the darkness is driven away by the light.”
  • “It’s in our decisions, not in our abilities, that we are.”
  • “Don’t mean the dead, Harry! Pity the living, especially those who live without love.”At least once in his life, three quotes must have been heard by everyone born around the 1990s and 2000s. These are sentences from Albus Dumbledore, the influential, wise director of Hogwarts Vocational and Wizard Training Vocational School, and we can almost hear his great wisdom in the synchronized voice of Sándor Makay, who passed away in 2016.

We clung to them. These pieces of good advice could have been accepted as children, and we tried to find our way around our own, half-magical, dense world. Although there is no official definition of the Harry Potter generation yet, we keep saying it is. Anyone Dumbledore, for example, who has helped navigate life can share a fate with this generation.

But the first few magically jingling sounds of John Williams’ music, which the composer composed for the opening of the Harry Potter universe, are the cause of honest physical reactions to, say, an intensifying heartbeat, a pleasant tingling to this day, well, a full member of the HP generation. You can feel it. Whether, as a conditional reflex, even on the grayest, most uneventful, rainiest weekdays in November, the item christened Hedwig’s Theme can take you to the adventurous, mystical, puzzle-filled world of Hogwarts in a good place in this article.

For the millennials, the Harry Potter novel stream and the film series made from it are still a familiar and peculiar experience: events inside and outside the witch and wizard training walls have interwoven the reality of our adolescence. We grew up with the stars of Harry Potter movies, which has almost sparked a familiar attachment to books and films from Generation Y fans. Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the three protagonists of fiction, grew older from adolescence to young adults, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who shaped them. We also grew older with the actors.

This parallel development is probably one of the reasons why a vast and massive fan base evoking spells from head to head has developed around books and film. For members of this crowded camp, the expecto patronum or vingardium leviosa means something over 30. , the Gryffindor house still comes to mind about the burgundy-yellow color combination. There may even be a fake Teszlek hat somewhere among the burgundy memories of the freshman camp, which “divided” the storks into a wooden house more prosaic than the Hogwarts school. On-site, say at a beach campsite.

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Snape and McGonagall forever

We’re not saying Harry Potter movies are better than books. In fact! Whoever reads the books first and then grinds down the adaptations will always have a strict sense of lack. Potter films have been rightly criticized for simply failing to take specific essential details from the books: of course, it would be impossible to reproduce a 4-600 page volume in two hours, but during this time, it is challenging to build characters and present their evolution. For example, Dobby became the Jar-Jar Binks in the Harry Potter movies by appearing in the story pretty much as a mere comedian even though he did get from a servant of the Malfoy family to give his life for our protagonists.

Or there’s Ron Weasley, who is almost exclusively present as an accessory in the movies. Rowling perfectly conveyed Ron’s drama in the books: unable to grow up with Harry and Hermione for Horcrux hunting. Ron leaves the Harry’s there as a kid in the book, but Ron will disappear and appear unexpectedly in the film as long as the author portrays his way back.

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But we could also mention the Harry-Ginny romance that fans hated and attacked in the movies. Suppose we can abstract that there is no chemistry on the screen between Daniel Radcliffe and Bonnie Wright. In that case, we still face a significant shortcoming: the films cannot reproduce the rupture between the two that their breakup and longing for one another means to them. Why? Because in the movies, Ginny and Harry didn’t even break up with each other, even though at the end of the Half-Blood Prince, Harry makes one of the most difficult decisions of his life so far by excluding him from his life in defense.

The only point where there is no significant difference between the film and the book is the depiction of the battle scenes – except for the duel Harry v. Voldemort at the end of the Relics of Death. The films pretty much accurately reproduce the clashes described in the book, recreating excellently the destruction that magically allows, and we also write to their advantage that they had brilliant one-on-one castings (better than Severus Snape than Alan Rickman and better than Maggie Smith We could not have imagined Professor McGonagall). Perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that these films introduced the Y-generation to the cream of English acting, with many here first meeting John Cleese or Emma Thompson.

A torturous tale of responsibility

So what did the Harry Potter stories teach us? We do not claim that admiration for them was utterly independent of the invisibility cloak, specialties available on the Absolute Road, or letter and parcel delivery owls, but it is not because of these that the story of the young sorcerer’s apprentice remains timeless: Rowling built a universe in books in which most potent magic – elder sticks here, Horcruxes there – yet love. Which doesn’t away even if we lose someone.

Potter could only survive in his early childhood because his parents sacrificed themselves for it when Voldemort attacked them. In the years that followed, the Dursleys were officially taken care of. Still, the orphaned boy — partly because of his abilities — could never be attached to his mother’s brother’s family wherever he could, hurting and threatening him. Harry at Hogwarts begins to discover what attachment, trust, and friendship are: none of them are easy, since no one in PPotter’sstory is good or bad, multidimensional figures sometimes stumble, make mistakes, but most of the time don’t escape it.

Because of his stubbornness, Harry Potter learns slowly. Still, he soon realizes that he chose in vain, alone, without Ron’s such practicality and Hermione’samazing knowledge, he wouldn’t go far against him Tudjukki. Harry Potter is also an excellent developmental novel (or developmental film series) for not wanting to keep its readers on the path of childish magical thinking. As the characters grew — and with them, we, the readers, the spectators — and the story progressed, Hogwarts’ chirping childish laughter was slowly replaced by horror elements: dementors that appeared more and more often, images of a school that darkened and then ruined to dust. Thus was born the enchanting tale of inevitable responsibility from the charming little story, which took away its victims at times.

Every reader, spectator, knew that Potter could not escape his destiny, the final battle with Voldemort, but he must have faced mourning and his transience in an exemplary manner. This sets him apart from the Dark Lord, who is thirsting for immortality because he is afraid of passing away. He sees it as a kind of mistake, an impermissible weakness. Harry, on the other hand, has come to terms with the fact that the time has come for the moment to come, like his parents, to sacrifice himself for those he loves, and also for sometimes losing too important people too early. However, we, the viewers, and Harry could also realize that life becomes more valuable with death.

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A little introduction to the maze of bureaucracy

It is not a question of any Hungarian educational institution having difficulty competing with the central location of the wizard series, Hogwarts. The lakeside castle, towering in a romantic landscape, can be reached by train from London, on King’s Cross 9 and ¾ tracks, and you can’t get traditionally either. Perhaps it can already be admitted that after watching it, we read Harry Potter, several of us secretly hoping that one day, miraculously, our admission notice would also arrive at the owl post.

But later, in our adolescence, the lessons of the Potter story came in handy, for the wizarding caste, unable to integrate into a simple, magical Muggle society, resonated well with the basic life situation of a teenage reader. In addition to magic, boarding school is a popular topos for youth literature anyway because it is a sufficiently over-mysticized environment, a relatively rare phenomenon in real life. And Hogwarts Castle is an even more established micro-community of an already initiated society that we may have been a part of. Everyone loves a common language, secrets, and adventures, not to mention the ghost of the house, Semi-Headless Nick, and the Map of the Scrolls.

In Hogwarts, teaching works in a very similar system to the real thing, and just everything is permeated by magic and magic. But there are complex papers, strict teachers in this school, student cliques, and a talkative child – all of which are easy for an average child without magic to identify with, just as Dolores Umbridge condensed in one person all the vile, abusive teacher manifestations that existed in the world.

But it wasn’t just Hogwarts that projected the mazes of adult life: if the Wizarding School is a much more captivating and exciting edition of the real, the other important institution in the story, the Ministry of Magic, is the caricature of the real. According to one of the countless fan analyzes that have been subcultured over the years, the Wizarding Ministry is a flick of the British administration that is too big, too bureaucratic, and its system so opaque that ultimately every second person works for them. No wonder the Ministry of Magic consists of several departments, offices, affairs departments, and committees. It is interesting not to know whether the heads of ministry are elected democratically. Although what would be needed in this world if the most critical question in deciding the fate of Hogwarts students was which house to study in,

But how many of us wanted that hat!

The Harry Potter films have an undeniable cultural added value, and even without them, the Twilight saga and the Hunger Battle would probably never have been on-screen later. RRowling’sadapted novels have proven to producers that it is well worth sacrificing a lot of money to film youth books. It is an exciting question whether writers and filmmakers will create worlds as magically constructed as Harry Potter has meant for us for future generations. If not, you can return to Hogwarts at any time with the help of books or movies.

Suffice it to say that Alohomora!

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