NOTICE:This post has spoilers, so for those who have not read the books and have somehow avoided hearing what happens at the end, or to anyone who doesn’t want to know what people think of the movie yet, you have been warned.
After seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 three separate times in one weekend all I have is one word for it: epic.
I got into Harry Potter in the seventh grade after seeing the first movie on VHS (you know, those tapes that used to go into VCRs before DVDs were invented). I already owned the first book (a Christmas present from my dad), and had tried to read it previously, but couldn’t get into it. After seeing the movie, though, it was easy. I bought the next 3 and waited patiently (or maybe impatiently) for the 5th one to come out. So, in short, I grew up with Harry Potter, and the characters really became some of my greatest friends. And now it’s over. It’s like my childhood has officially end.
The final movie had a lot of action, which I loved, and the acting and directing was amazing. I loved the special effects and thought there were several clever lines in it. I laughed and cried all three times I saw it, and I could hear sniffling from at least half of the audience toward the end.
Here are my top 3 loves and fails of the movie:
Top 3 Loves:
This was my favorite chapter in the entire final book. So I was very happy when this part of the movie finally happened and it was beautifully done. I know that some of it was probably a bit confusing if you hadn’t read the book, and I agree that they should have probably explained it a bit more, but I also think that it reflected who Snape really was perfectly. The viewer gets to see the Potions master’s vulnerable side, and the reason why he really doesn’t like Harry Potter. This was the chapter that made me forgive Snape for everything he had done and realize that he’s not such a bad guy afterall.
Neville Longbottom/Molly Weasley’s epicness
As a book fan, I was ecstatic when they had the two parts of the book that thought deserved to be in there. Neville Longbottom killing Nagini was awesome. Of course, it was done differently than it was in the book, and for a minute I was sitting there thinking I swear if they don’t let Neville kill the snake I’m going to refuse to like this movie. Because Neville killing the snake is something that he deserves to have. Although, I do wish that he was the one to kill Bellatrix Lestrange since she’s the one who drove his parents insane, but Molly Weasley’s way of doing it was also superbly done. It was her way of avenging her son.
Lupin: It is the quality of one’s conviction, not the amount of followers that determines success.
Kingsley: Who said that?
Okay, so I know that I may be biased a little with this one because of my book crush on Remus Lupin, but you have to admit that that is a pretty awesome line. Especially for a character who is barely in this movie. This actually leads me into:
Top 3 Fails:
This had to have been the biggest fail in the entire movie.
As Harry is going to “die” his parents, Sirius, and Lupin come to him in ghost like forms. Harry turns to Lupin and says, “And Remus, your son–”
Lupin cuts him off to explain that other people will tell his son what his parents died for. Problem: Lupin’s son is not mentioned at any other time in the entire movie. I wouldn’t doubt that the majority of movie watchers had any idea that Lupin and Tonks were even married. But they are.
In fact, in part 1 of the two part ending when they all go to the Dursley’s, Tonks says “we have an announcement” but is cut off by Mad Eye Moody. I’m more than certain that she was going to announce either their marriage or that she’s pregnant or something along those lies. The announcement is never mentioned again.
In the book, everyone knows that Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks get married and that Tonks gets pregnant. Lupin has a midlife crisis about it, and begs Harry to let him go with them to hunt Horcruxes, but Harry refuses. Lupin admits that he’s afraid his child will be a werewolf like him. Luckily he’s not, and Harry is named godfather and takes care of him after Voldemort is killed.
This part in the movie left me thinking: how did Harry find out about his son in the first place? Did he hear about it during the battle while he was running around like crazy? Who knows. With the writers lack of planning I dub this moment the biggest fail of the entire second part.
When Harry is “dead” the Death Eaters go back to Hogwarts to announce it. The Malfoy’s call Draco back over to their side. As Malfoy is walking over, Voldemort stops him and hugs him.
No. Just no. Never in any dimension would Voldemort hug anyone. He’s just way too evil for things like hugs.
The Hogwarts Jump
You know the part in the trailer where Harry’s all like: “Let’s finish this the way we started. Together!” And then they jump off Hogwarts? Well this part is actually in the movie and not just something they put in the trailer just because.
I understand why they would put it in the movie: to make it more epic. But in my opinion it’s just really silly. The line, the jump, everything about that part is just so…..not epic. It does get them to where they need to be in order to finish the battle, but, honestly, I’m sure they could have figured something else out.