That’s all she wrote for Harry and the gang
August 7, 2011 6 Comments
It’s strange to think with the recent release of Deathly Hallows part 2 that it’s all over.
I’ll admit when Harry Potter started becoming popular I wasn’t a fan.Then one day I decided to watch the first movie .. and then the second.. next thing I knew I began reading the books and waiting for the next ones to come out.
While movies can never live up to the imagination of books, for me this series has done a great job of at least getting close. With the final installment, I was originally upset they planned to split it in to two pieces, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it wouldn’t do the book justice by trying to squeeze as much as it could into the movie.
Speaking of the movie, part 2 started off right where the last one left off. Voldemort had Hogwarts to himself with Professor Snape as Headmaster, taking the place of recently killed Dumbledore. He had just retrieved the Elder wand and was making his final preparations to finally do away with Harry Potter once and for all. Harry was also in the midst of finding the final Horcruxes to cripple Voldemort.
It was as if the hunt for the pieces of Voldemort were secondary for me. I was drawn to the much-troubled characters of Malfoy and Snape who, as we’ve seen throughout the last couple films, appear to have been going through struggles with their allegiance to Voldemort. They were characters who I didn’t like at the beginning, but grew to cheer for, even though I kind of knew they’d fail – my favourite kind of character in any story.
As Harry watched Snape’s past unfold, I couldn’t help but feel sad for the guy. It was unfortunate it had to happen when it did, but good that Harry could see where Snape was coming from, and why he did the things he did.
Another character that stood out to me the most was Neville. Over the years, he’d matured a lot, and of course played a big role in the story. He was a wizard you never would’ve thought would amount to anything, but given the adverse times he became everyone’s lifeline and de facto leader without Potter guiding them along.
This one was a step above the rest, as they have all improved on the previous ones. It continued the trend of becoming much more darker, which has coincided with Voldemort’s rise to power. The battle scenes were great, and I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Lord of the Rings, even though it was on a much smaller scale.
My biggest qualm with the movie, and many will probably disagree with me here, was the jump at the end. In theory it was a great idea, but using the same actors didn’t do the idea justice. I felt it took away from the entire story and was a bit disappointed leaving the theatre with that as the ending.
While it’s sad to see the franchise end, this is definitely one that’ll be passed down and in thirty years we’ll be buying the <insert format of the day here> Platinum Edition version. That’s the sign of a great series, so for all you Harry Potter haters out there (and I know there are many), you’ll eventually cave and wonder why you never watched when it first aired.
Oh yeah.. as for my rating, I give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 a 4.5/5.