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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the first part of the last movie which will conclude the world famous Harry Potter series. The series began thanks to british author, J.K. Rowling, who began the first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone on a set of restaurant napkins. The series of books fallow the adventurous lives of Harry Potter and his friends while they attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy.

Rowling’s first book to start the series was first published in June of 1997 leaving the seventh, and final book, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows to be released ten years later in July of 2007. After the release of the Sorceror’s Stone, Harry Potter was an instant hit. Not only did the book capture the young minds of nine to eleven year olds, which was the initial target age according to publishers, Harry Potter appealed to the young minds of adults ranging from 20 to 100. Readers were able to lose themselves in an adventurous fantasy world and be a part of something far much greater than anything on Earth. These books not only served as a means to escape from everyday life but they brought families and friends closer together as parents read their children these books and friends began to “play” Harry Potter at school.

It is no wonder that by the release of only the second novel, J.K Rowling sold the film rights to the first 4 books. This is a perfect example of technological convergence, where print was used to create a film. After the release of the first movie, Harry Potter was changed forever. Due to the length of the books the movies had to leave out or shorten certain parts of the novels. This is especially apparent for the last book the Deathly Hallows, some may say the most important book, because of the novel’s length the epilogue could only be captured by filming two movies. The series of movies also gave a concrete image to the characters of whom readers would conjure up in their heads. Harry Potter was now even more of a phenomenon due to the appeal and accessibility of movies. Now you can hear the story of Harry Potter by renting it in a store, computer, phone, ipod, ipad, and other electronic sources. This convergence has fueled the continuing dispute between books and films, which is better?

 

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  1. tessdoez
    January 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    (Hi, this is Lynn. I asked Tess, a grad student in media, to help me by offering you some comments).
    You make a number of good points about the film, but they could use some organization. I would like to see more specificity about which aspects of your analysis you think relate to which kinds of convergence. For example you mention that HP can be accessed through a variety of sources. This is an excellent point but is it related to economic convergence or technological convergence, and how? Is one parent company profiting from all of these different forms of publication? These kind of connections, some evidence to back up your claims, and some reorganization of your piece would make it a more effective analysis. Attention to grammatical details would pay off as well. For example you mention the “young minds of adults,” and readers who are able to “be a part of something far much greater than anything on Earth.” Attention to detail supports credibility in any form of communication.

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