Fan Focus: Madison – December 19, 2010

12-year-old Madison from the United States


First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan?

Actually, I was not a Harry Potter fan at first. When the fifth movie came out, I remember telling my mom that Harry Potter was stupid and unrealistic. But in September of 2009, I was watching Sorceror’s Stone with my mom, and she got upset and told me off for distracting her. For my “punishment” I was told to read the books. One book after another I devoured each one. I felt ashamed for my behavior, so I made myself feel better by becoming an avid Harry Potter fan. I visited the Exhibition twice when it was in Boston. AND I LOVE MUGGLENET!

It has been over three years since Deathly Hallows came out and we found out how the series ended. Do you have the same reaction to the ending now as you did then?

When Deathly Hallows came out I was surprised. Potter’s journey was a huge step up in writing for J.K. so I was not expecting it to be so good. Now I feel that Harry has ended. I can’ really say that my emotions have changed from when the book first came out. The epilogue was a bit disappointing though.

OMG! DEATHLY HALLOWS! Loved it? Hated it? Thoughts!?

Loved Deathly Hallows! It was my favorite book besides Goblet of Fire. I loved the whole Horcruxes hunt and how the world was turning into a huge fiasco I really believe that somehow it was connected to our world. The only thing I didn’t think was so good was the endless amount of drama and the epilogue that left my hanging too low!

What was your favorite part that changed from the book? That stayed the same?

My favorite part that changed Deathly Hallows was when Voldemort died. I think he deserved to die a death watched by many people because he had caused so much pain… My favorite part that stayed the same was the Harry/Ginny relationship. Harry I have always believed to fall for Ginny and the two are just perfect to be together!

Comparing book to movie, what disappointed you the most? Also, what part was better than you expected?

I think the book (like always) was better, though the movie was actually pretty good. I loved that they were able to get more humor into the movie than normal. The rating PG-13 also made me happy because Harry Potter isn’t just a kids movie, we older generations want to watch the epic tales that involved painful deaths and bloody hands. Another disappointing part was that Wormtail did not actually kill himself. That was one of the reasons why Harry got out in the first place! But the battle at the Ministry of Magic turned everything right. The action was phenomenal and I can’t wait to see it again!

Now knowing where the split is, and feeling the way the movie ended, do you feel it was a good choice?

I honestly think the place they split was unnecessary. I would have liked the split to be before Malfoy Manor because you have to watch a beloved character die before the movie ends. The movie is also (compared to the book) 2/3 of the way done. Maybe if they were to split it into 4ths, I would feel better.

Did the movie live up to all of the epic hype that surrounded each trailer?

Yes, the movie did live up to its previews. The trailers took the best parts in the movie (Even some from the past movies!) and created a hype that took the energy for the upcoming movie and blasted it. I was so excited to see it, that I forgot three of my homework assignments because I was too occupied with the thought of seeing it. The trailers were amazing and so was the movie.

Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Maybe a theory you still believe to be true, a shout-out, praise for yours truly?

I would like to thank my mom, for introducing me to Harry Potter, my cousin for bugging me to do this, and to Jane, who is always there for me.