I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Like, a huge, huge fan – I loved the books and movies ever since I was 9 or 10 and always will.
As everyone knows, the last movie in the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two, premiered on July 13. I feel a short blog entry was due, to share with the world a few thoughts on the movie.
The only reason I didn’t go to the midnight screening is because that was the 3D version of the movie and I wanted to see the 2D version first. Nevertheless, I went to the 13.50 screening on Thursday, so I still think I’m among the first people to see it. 😀
Also, in preparation for this event, I saw all the previous seven movies over the weekend. It was amazing, but at the same time tiring. I’ve been reminded how awesome the soundtrack of the entire series is, how much I hated Umbridge while reading HP and The Order of the Phoenix and other interesting things.
Anyway, back to the last movie. I will not be able to put into words just how much I loved it, I just won’t. So let’s just say I got goose bumps about…30 seconds? 40? into the movie and they more or less lasted the entire two hours. That has never happened before, not even with the other Harry Potter movies. Even though this was the shortest movie in the franchise, together with HP and the DH: P1, it did the book justice. I really do feel like this was the best movie in the series; there is not a thing I disliked. True, they still cut out some minor elements but overall they did a great job of staying faithful to the book.
The acting was top-notch. If Emma Watson (Hermione) and, to an extent Rupert Grint (Ron) shined in Part 1, the star of this one was definitely Daniel Radcliffe (Harry). Though really everyone did a fantastic job, from Alan Rickman (Snape) to Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix) and Maggie Smith (Prof. McGonagall). Evanna Lynch (Luna, who happens to be one of my favorite characters) and Matt Lewis (Neville) stole a few scenes as well. The one tiny observation I have (which isn’t anything new, by the way) is that there still is no chemistry whatsoever between Daniel and Bonnie Wright (Ginny). Does anyone actually believe their characters are in love? However, that can be and is easily overlooked.
One of the most touching scenes was The Prince’s Tale – I did not expect to see a crying baby Potter and a devastated Snape hugging the body of Lily. I got teary eyes. Then, the walk to the Forbidden Forest was also beautifully executed. I got teary eyes again. The battle scenes were also well done – they could have used a little more dueling, but they were still such a delight to the eyes.
I have to say though…I’m feeling emptier now. Yesterday, I was all excited and happy because the movie was so great. Now, after a good night’s sleep, it really hit me: one of the greatest things I had ever experienced finally came to an end. Well, it will never end (and certainly not for me), but there are no more books to wait for, no more movies… it’s almost depressing. I can’t bring myself to do anything, nor can I stop thinking about this wonderful phenomenon that has deeply marked my childhood. And listening to Farewell to Dobby and other songs from the soundtracks over and over again does not help!
I’m not sure when or if I will post another entry on Harry Potter (maybe once Pottermore arrives?), but it can’t not have its own category. So, to end this on a somewhat positive note, the quote from J. K. Rowling which I am sure has touched many more fans other than myself:
‘Whether you return by page or the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.’