Give ‘em hell, Harry!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes;
Directed by David Yates

This summer Harry Potter casts his spell over a multitude of moviegoers at the multiplex — perhaps for the last time (the magical amounts of money the films have generated leave that as an open question). Harry’s world has become familiar to many, and as this is the last chapter of the film versions, many will miss his world and exploits. And yet we still have the incantations in books and DVDs so that we can revisit the wonders of that realm and its characters.


Over the span of the decade that these films have been released, Politi-Flix has also trodden familiar territory — documenting the similarities between Harry’s and his friend’s exploits in these films and the happenings in the real world (art imitating life (or vice versa)). So, in keeping with this particular incantation, here is a listing of those similarities associated with The Deathly Hallows Part 2 — perhaps also for the last time (WARNING: The following is composed of spoilers!)

Photo by Jaap Buitendijk – © 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R

The Harry Potter World
Hermione impersonates Bellatrix Lestrange in order to dupe the bank officials to gain access to the bank vaults where one of Voldemort’s horcruxes may be stashed
The Real World
See, e.g., computer hackers engaged in identity theft

The Harry Potter World
Harry uses a calming, euphoric potion on the a bank official so that he will let him, Ron and Hermione get into the vaults
The Real World
See, e.g., the calming effect of lollipops on irritable people

The Harry Potter World
One of the trolls help Harry, Ron and Hermione get into the bank vaults, but declines to help them get out
The Real World
See, e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya

The Harry Potter World
Once in the vault, items of gold, such as chalices, bracelets, and candlesticks, pop and multiply when touched and threaten to bury Harry, Ron and Hermione
The Real World
See, e.g., a technique that we wish could be employed to magically increase revenue to the U.S. Treasury so that we can reduce the debt without having to raise taxes or reduce spending (see also a solution to the financial crisis in Europe)

The Harry Potter World
Harry, Ron and Hermione escape from the bank vaults by catching a ride on a large white dragon that they use to fly to the Hogwarts’s lake where they jump off of the dragon and never see it again
The Real World
See, e.g., the end of astronauts hitching rides on the space shuttle

The Harry Potter World
Harry has a psychic connection to Voldemort where he can hear and see what he hears and sees
The Real World
See, e.g., Skype

The Harry Potter World
Harry learns that he can commune with Voldemort because he has merged with one of Voldemort’s horcruxes when his mom was killed by Voldemort
The Real World
See, e.g., the way that people will be able to commune with nature through the merger of the state divisions of Parks and Wildlife

The Harry Potter World
The professors at Hogwarts use their wands to create a protective shield over the airspace of the school to protect it and the students from Voldemont and his minions
The Real World
See, e.g., the protective air space shield that the allies have created for the rebel forces fighting Muammar Gaddafi and his supporters in Libya; see also the use of cell phones and texting to help bring about change in Egypt

The Harry Potter World
Harry collects a tear from Professor Snape as he lays dying from an attack by Voldemort’s snake and urges Harry to use the tear in the Pensieve (the memory imaging pool) so that he can see elements of Snape’s private history that involves the time Harry’s parents were killed by Voldemort and Snape’s discussions with Professor Dumbledore
The Real World
See, e.g., the Rupert Murdock/News of the World phone hacking scandal where details of people’s private lives have been acquired and exposed

The Harry Potter World
The bridge that crosses the valley in the back of Hogwarts is collapsed in order to keep Voldemort’s throng of combatants from coming across and tackling the residents of Hogwarts
The Real World
See, e.g., the NFL lockout

The Harry Potter World
Harry seeks out the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw to get her to divulge the location of one of Voldemort’s horcruxes
The Real World
See, e.g., the efforts to seek out ghostly solutions to the nation’s debt

The Harry Potter World
Harry, Ron and Hermione are chased in the cluttered Hogwarts’s attic by a fast moving, raging wildfire
The Real World
See, e.g., the forest fires that have raged in the western states this season

The Harry Potter World
Draco Malfoy’s father and Snape both have a falling out from Lord Voldemort
The Real World
See, e.g., the divisions among the Republicans and Tea Party members regarding the proposals to address the debt limit

The Harry Potter World
Throngs of inanimate stone sentries (complete with shields and swords) adorning the outside walls of Hogwarts are brought to life by Professor McGonagall to help guard and defend Hogwarts from Voldemort and his minions
The Real World
See, e.g., the unmanned, remote controlled predator drones that are used to attack and destroy enemy targets

The Harry Potter World
Harry, Hermione and Ron learn of and mourn the deaths of many of their friends and protectors including Professor Lupin, Fred Weasley (one of the twins) and Nymphadora Tonks
The Real World
See, e.g., the deaths of Warren Christopher, Lawrence Eagleburger, Sargent Shriver

The Harry Potter World
Harry uses a resurrection stone to bring back the spirit of his lost loved ones
The Real World
See, e.g., the films of some filmmakers lost this year can be used to resurrect such venerated people like Peter Falk, Sidney Lumet, Jackie Cooper, and Elizabeth Taylor

The Harry Potter World
When Harry goes into the forest to confront Voldemort in order to save his friends from having to continue to battle Vodemort and his minions, he feigns death in order to kill off one of Voldemort’s horcruxes inside of him
The Real World
See, e.g., soccer players who feign injuries in order to draw a foul and get a penalty kick (called diving)

The Harry Potter World
After purportedly being killed by Voldemort, Harry finds himself in a dreamy train station bathed in heavenly light where he encounters Professor Dumbledore
The Real World
See, e.g., the dreamy train stations that might get built as part of a high-speed rail transit facility along I-70 west in some heavenly realm

The Harry Potter World
An oily residue is created when Harry and Voldemort fight while flying
The Real World
See, e.g., the oil slick on the Yellowstone River from the broken oil pipeline

The Harry Potter World
Neville becomes an unexpected hero by swinging a heavy sword and miraculously vanquishing a snake in midair as it is about to devour Ron and Hermione
The Real World
See, e.g., the amazing wins by Rory Mcllroy (swinging a golf club at the U.S. Open) and Novack Djokovic (swinging a tennis racquet at Wimbledon)

The Harry Potter World
Harry and his friends kill Voldemort
The Real World
See, e.g., the death of Osama bin Laden

The Harry Potter World
The venerable halls of Hogwarts are nearly demolished (razed) in the ensuing battle between its defenders and Voldemort and his minions
The Real World
See, e.g., the demolition of the reputation of the venerable halls of Congress regarding the debate over raising the debt limit; see also the cuts to education funding

The Harry Potter World
Harry acquires the most powerful wand (the Elder Wand) and uses it to kill Voldemort, but breaks it thus rejecting its great power for future use
The Real World
See, e.g., the debate over the use of the War Powers Act

The Harry Potter World
Ron and Hermione are married, and so are Harry and Ginny
The Real World
See, e.g., the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton

We extend a hearty welcome back to our award-winning film reviewer Doug Young, who has been practicing his trade as an environmental advisor in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration. Doug recently covered the Cannes Film Festival and we’re glad to have him back home.