Most DVD/Blu-ray special features aren’t exactly what you might call “newsworthy” and least of all the studio-driven Making Of… documentaries that are little more than extended post-purchase advertising. However, when one of those docs is directed by a BAFTA award winning filmmaker and sets out to reveal what’s behind the carefully guarded veil of the final installments of the Harry Potter film franchise, focusing specifically on the inner lives of the series’ three child stars, that feature does become a little more “special.” And when the 48-minute documentary, When Harry Left Hogwarts, has a trailer this good, it’s definitely worth sharing.
Of course, how much the final product actually tells the “real story” of a giant blockbuster production, maybe the biggest ever in terms of fan anticipation, that it purports is yet to be seen. (Biggest besides the one about the guy who dresses like a bat.) As Sir Gary Oldman said above, “Most of these things are awful.” (Was that his real voice, by the way? Weird…) But When Harry Left Hogwarts does look promising, especially the parts where Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson cover their faces in a fashion to similar to Al-Qaeda captives just to escape the press and their over-adoring fans. As seen in the header picture, in case you were wondering.
In all seriousness, I’m excited to get the Blu-ray now, when I previously would have settled for the DVD to match the rest of my set. Though, I’m less excited to have to buy it at Target, but that’s just because I’m not a suburban mom. And I have a Best Buy membership card. Between this and The Dark Knight Rises IMAX prologue in front of the next Mission: Impossible, it seems I’m becoming a real sucker for marketing gimmicks. Is that what happens when you get old? I blame the music, it’s pretty damn affecting.