Before I start, know that I won’t give away any real Harry Potter spoilers, and definitely not telling y’all details of the final battle. So don’t worry. You can read this in peace even if you haven’t watched the film or read the last book yet.
True Life: I’m a PotterHead. I’ve read the Harry Potter books at least twice, and own them all in hardbacks. I’m one of those nerds who spent hours reading analyses of the books, characters, names and all that on Mugglenet.com. I ENJOYED that ish.
When the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (book 7) came out, I had a copy already reserved at Borders, and picked mine up at 2am after the lines died down. I then went home and begrudgingly went to sleep to prepare myself for the epic reading session I was about to engage in. And EPIC it was. 8 hours, 800 pages, countless wall slides and one missing thug later, I was done with J.K. Rowling’s attempt to ruin my childhood!
Book 7 was the final but BEST one out the WHOLE DOGGONE SERIES!!! And the FINAL movie, 7.2 followed suit.
Listen… that movie was EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED!!!! *kicks down chair*
The moment the movie began, I was at the edge of my seat. In fact, the director ain’t e’em try to recap anything from the last movie. He was basically like “the fact that you’re here means you already know where we left off.” And he was right. The first scene was Dobby’s tombstone (only spoiler I’ma give).
Sidenote: When Dobby died in film 7.1, iSweafoLawd my thug was in the fetal position under my theater seat (kinda like Voldie in the Hallows). DOOOOBBBYYYY!!!! *wall slides*
Ennehweighs doe…That film had me breathing in spurts of air from the opening credits until they rolled. And of course my thug pretty much got dropkicked through the goalposts of life.
One great part of the film was the major battle scenes. First was the one in the Gringott vaults, then the one at Hogwarts, which was just EPIC.
The battle at Hogwarts was amazing to watch. How that chaos came to life on camera was so impressive. Screaming students, Voldemort’s voice booming through the castle, spells being cast. IT. WAS. AWESOME. And I loved how bad ass Professor McGonagall was. She ain’t give NO dambs and showed how gangsta she was when she tried to protect Hogwarts. When she and the other staff members were creating charms to shield the school, I actually went “YESSSSSSSSS.” That ish was sooo cool!
The battle was nerve-wrecking #doe because as we know, it wasn’t just the dementors and death eaters who got murked. THAT is what J.K. is even doper for. Death and loss (of good guys) is a theme in Harry Potter, and in the final book (and movie), they were emphasized. Couple of the Order folks ain’t make it to the end, and their deaths was just… wails
Every character in this film was amazing, from the main ones to the supporting cast.
Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort was as vile as ever. I LOVE to hate him. But he was the perfect adversary to Harry Potter. He’s easily one of the top 5 villains of all times. And this is fact because I just said it (don’t argue with me). There’ve been few villains who were so full of pure hate like Voldie. And his blind need for power oozes out of his every pore. From the moment he came on screen in this film til the final battle, Voldie wasn’t about that life. And I loved it. Oh AND Voldemort was kinda sorta funny in this film.
Alan Rickman as Snape in this movie gave his best performance yet. For someone who barely moves his lips when he speaks, the man can get some things across. He EMOTES like no other, with barely a change of expression. He’s what happens if Keanu Reeves learned to actually act. There couldn’t have been a better Snape for this series. His final scene in this movie made me all verklempt too. And those pensieve memories??? *faints*. LAWDDDDDD!!! This is where I might have shed a tear. When he held HER (I won’t tell you who) on that floor? WHY MUST I CRY???
And shoutout to Michael Lewis, aka Neville Longbottom. That character evolved so much in the series. He was basically Harry Potter’s opposite in most ways (and interestingly, he coulda BEEN “The One Who Lived” since he was the other kid born July 31st). And I can’t say how dope it is to see Neville come through in the clutch. He certainly came into his own in this film. VIVA LA NEVILLE!
Last, but certainly not least, was the acting of THE TRIO. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley have carried this series on their backs and this last film was just the stamp. Those three on screen together is so natural now and they ARE those characters to a tee. I give major props to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Sidenote: Umm… I’ma say it. Rupert Grint got FAHN!!! That ginger there is all swole now and mannish. LEMME FIND OUT HE WANNA GET SEGZY! Owwwwww!!!
Dan Radcliffe played Harry like he was born to do it (which he prolly was). Which is why he’s trying to take roles that are opposite of anything Harry Potter was. Once you watch one HP movie and see him, you SEE Harry. This is both a gift and a curse. He OWNED that character so much that it’s hard to see him as anything else. But in Book 7? Shid. He PERSONIFIED Harry.
Here’s the thing. I’m a passive movie-watcher. I’m not the one to tell you about lighting and cinematography and audio and all those technical things. I just like to say whether I enjoyed a movie or gave a damb bout the characters. But even I noticed how awesomesauce all of these were in this (and other) Harry Potter movie. Everything worked. The writing was amazing (they actually sounded like they were having regular conversation). The set was dope (and what I imagined when I read the books). The special effects was fantastic (and didn’t look like obvious CGI). Everything flowed. I loved it.
What I know is that somebody needs to be winning an Oscar for this film. I’ont care who. It could be any of the main characters or supporting. Or David Yates, the director. It could even be their cinematography team. Heck, it could be the dude who made sure donuts were always on set. AN OSCAR NEEDS TO MAKE ITS WAY TO SOMEONE ON THIS MOVIE TEAM! Movies of this caliber aren’t made often. I enjoyed every last drop of it.
This movie was exciting, engaging, emotional, entertaining, enthralling etc. (I absolutely adore awesome alliteration).
It was a full experience that captured every bit of my attention. When the credits rolled, I was actually sad it was over. I wanted to go back to 2.5 hours before, so I could re-watch the film with the same amazement and anticipation. But something tells me that I’ll watch this film again and still be almost just as excited. It was THAT good.
J.K. Rowling created a fantasy world that somehow came to life exactly as I pictured it in my head while reading her words. This entire series (books and movies) is a testament to the fact that writing is an art form. She’s made her livelihood around this art of hers and made a whole generation of kids (and adults) fall in love with reading all over again. For this supreme gift to the world, I tip my hat to her. And consider her one of my heroes.
I’ll miss Harry Potter an’ em. But not too TOO much. Since I can always re-read those books and watch those movies over and over again.
Are y’all Harry Potter fans? Have you seen the movie? Did you *Wall slide* in the name of Love?
*screams* HARRY POTTER!!!!