Harry’s tale

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IF YOU have not been keep­ing up with your rec­om­mended dose of Harry Pot­ter, let us bring you up to date with what the movie is all about. First of all, you should know that the movie is based on the best­selling book (of the same name) by Bri­tish author J.K. Rowl­ing.

There are seven books in the se­ries, which have sold over 400 mil­lion copies world­wide, and Harry Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows is the sev­enth and fi­nal ad­ven­ture.

The movie adap­ta­tion (which will be re­leased in two parts) is di­rected by David Yates, who also helmed Harry Pot­ter And The Or­der Of The Phoenix and Harry Pot­ter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Who the heck is Harry, you ask? Well, Harry is a boy who, on his 11th birth­day, found out that he is not just a reg­u­lar be­spec­ta­cled boy with a light­ning-shaped scar on his fore­head. He is the “Boy Who Lived” – the boy who sent one of the most vil­lain­ous wizards of all time, Lord Volde­mort, into hid­ing.

Oh, and Harry did all that while he was still a baby.

The first six movies tell the story of how to­gether with his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry sets out to over­throw Lord Volde­mort, who tries to re­gain his lost dark pow­ers.

In the first part of the fi­nal movie, we see the trio, trained un­der the watch­ful eyes of Al­bus Dum­ble­dore – the great­est wizard who has ever lived – leav­ing the pro­tec­tion of their school and try­ing to tackle the evil forces on their own.

It is ac­tu­ally the first film in the fran­chise in which the Hog­warts School of Witch­craft and Wizardry is not in any scene.

“I think that’s one of the most in­trigu­ing things about Part One,” said Yates. “We’re away from the mag­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment of Hog­warts, which has al­ways felt very safe even when the char­ac­ters were in ut­ter jeop­ardy. Sud­denly Harry, Ron and Hermione are try­ing to sur­vive out in the big, bad world and it’s a dan­ger­ous place.”

It makes the ad­ven­ture edgier and more grown-up, which re­ally ap­pealed to the di­rec­tor and Daniel Rad­cliffe, Ru­pert Grint and Emma Wat­son – who play Harry, Ron and Hermione, re­spec­tively.

On his fi­nal mis­sion to tackle Lord Volde­mort, Harry learns of an old and al­most for­got­ten tale – the leg­end of Deathly Hal­lows. If the leg­end turns out to be true, it could give the Lord Vol­d­er­mort the ul­ti­mate power he seeks.

But the one prize that is most valu­able to the evil guy is none other than Harry Pot­ter him­self. “The Cho­sen One” (that’s Harry) be­comes the hunted one as Lord Volde­mort’s min­ions search for Harry with or­ders to bring him to the evil wizard ... alive. Harry Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows: Part One opens na­tion­wide to­mor­row.

The boy who could: Rad­cliffe first started play­ing Harry Pot­ter when he was 10.

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