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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movie Was Everything!

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.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Movie

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!

Hogwarts Battle Movie 7

Hogwarts

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.

Voldemort and Snape Harry Potter Movie 7

Voldemort and Severus Snape. Goons.

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.

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley. Movie 7

The Trifecta of Awesome

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.

Harry Potter Movie 7 It All Ends

And it did end! *wall slides*

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.

Harry Potter Generation

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!!!!

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27 Comments

  1. DBG
    July 21, 2011 at 7:08 am

    And people have the nerve to say Star Wars fans are cornballs.

    • July 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      We are cornballs though but Im an HP fan too so Im full of it.

    • July 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Yes they are. But we ain’t never say WE weren’t cornballs either. I’m a proud Potterhead.

  2. Miss Sia
    July 21, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I absolutely loved it!! Most loose ends tied up and the epic battles were amazing! I cried and looked away when You Know Who did you know what. I was floored and I had to gather myself. Shoutout to Neville coming in as the clutch. Ron and Hermoine in the chamber of secrets ^_^ loved it!!

  3. MacStephanton
    July 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! I have been WAITING for your review and it was EVERYTHING!

    Maaaan I cried a bit during Snape’s flashback scene too. Him crying just murked my entire soulspace. 🙁

    P was epic in EVERY sense of the word and I know a lotta people who are going to watch it again (including me this evening LOL) because it was THAT dope.

    ps. iDIED when Voldermort randomly started laughing though..like wtf?

  4. July 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

    This is the first time where a movie version of a book has met up to my expectations. Normally the movie versions of books are a huge let down, but the people behind Harry Potter, YESS!!!. This last movie was extremely dark. Honestly, I was not expecting it to be this dark. I really feel like the writers and the director kept the audience in mind. They realized how old the Potter generation was and they allowed the movie to mature with the audience.

    My thug was clearly checked out the entrance of the movie theater because for good 30-45 min I was sobbing and wall-sliding up and down that theater. My boyfriend definitely gave me the side-eye, and said “Didn’t you read the book?” IT DOES NOT MATTER IF I READ THE BOOK!! DO YOU SEE THIS?

    You are 100% correct about Alan Rickman, and to think he originally did not want to take the role. IMO, he played Snape to the T in the entire series. In a Harry Potter special the first director said that Rickman had a one on one with Rowling, and came back saying that he knew something that no one else knew. Whatever it is she told him, it gave him the ammunition to kill this role.

    Lord Voldemort!! Girl, a villain has not gotten under my skin like that since Scar from Lion King. This movie last movie gave me the life I needed, and I am extremely sad to see Harry Potter end.

    • July 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Excellent review Luvvie. I love the way you make McGonagall sound so gangsta. Same goes for Neville…LOL.

      Y’all have me just trying not to leave work to go watch this movie RAHT NAH…LOL.

      Re: Alan Rickman as Snape, I know!! Apparently Rowling told him the whole trajectory of his character (even before she had finished writing the books) so that him acting out his hate for Harry would be believable throughout the movie series.

      I’ll be back when I’ve watched it so I can rave about how awesome it was…lol.

  5. NeicyRox
    July 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Lord. Lord. Lord.

    I’m with you on every word of this blog. This movie was wonderful, the acting was brillant and it was a beautiful way to send off ‘Arry and ‘nem. I’ve seen this movie twice since Friday and don’t mind telling you I could see it millions more times.

    I’ve been reading this series since I swiped the Chamber of Secrets from my little brother (who was in 2nd grade) in 7th grade. I judged him for having this book. Then I became a Potterhead.

    J.K played NO games or gave any f*cks towards the end. For that, she’ll be the baddest British Thug Mistress I’ll ever know.

    While sad to have the thrill of opening midnight showings and seeing costumes and making snarky plot hole observations translated from book-movie, I’ll always have Hoggy,Hoffy Hogwarts to go back to, again and again.

    And again.

  6. CaspercutieSTL
    July 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Yes, I am a Potter fan. Read the last book, but haven’t seen the last two movies yet. J.K. did not hold back on the last book and I’m glad to hear this movie brings all that awesome to the screen.

    *puts on loud mismatched socks and pours out some pumpkin juice for Dobby*

  7. Chalise
    July 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

    This is by far THE best commentary for the latest HP film. At the end of the movie I cried along with an audience of others in joy and sadness as we said goodbye to such an awesome series. I am such an HP fan, that I did my nails in honor of ’em.

    http://www.YouTube.com/beesohoney

  8. Chalise
    July 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

    This is by far THE best commentary for the latest HP film. At the end of the movie I cried along with an audience of others in joy and sadness as we said goodbye to such an awesome series. I am such an HP fan, that I did my nails in honor of them.

    http://www.YouTube.com/beesohoney

  9. Kate
    July 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I loved it, all of it. From when the protection spells were breaking apart like glass, to Neville running like a badass across the bridge, to McGonagle saying “I’ve always wanted to use that spell” just awesome. Eight shades of awesome.

    Snape…lord, the movie actually made his end scene more poignant than the book. I cried, I wept like my prom date stood me up. There weren’t enough walls for me to slide down, even the IMAX screen was too little.

    But you know you’ve read the books more than enough times when you realize the differences in the ending. But I liked it, it was as though I got to experience a fresh ending. I am all for JK Rowling doing a follow-up on their kids, seriously, any reason to go back to Hogwarts. Harry should be the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, we know he’s qualified, he’d have only one line on his resume:

    I beat Voldemort

    “The job is yours sir. Butterbeer?”

  10. Tiffany
    July 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    loved the movie! START TO DAMN FINISH. my niece who will be 10 in November has watched EVERY movie with me…she don’t remember but she kinda do. BABYGIRL was on the edge of her seat like I wish a muhfukkah would kick my seat…chew too loud…say anydamnthing!!!

    I read the books so I was like they better do it justice…let me say…I WAS A BABY BISH on the Snape scene. That was the ONE scene that I needed them to give justice to…the pensieve scene!!! OH MY WORD!!!! I was straight up raising the roof in that joint when the scene was done! DID THAT!

    Loved loved loved it!!!

  11. asetdivine
    July 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I want to go see the movie again after this review!

  12. PhenomenalWoman
    July 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet, I’m going this weekend:) and I can’t wait I have been a Harry Potter fanatic for half of my life, and I have been hearing wonderful reviews about the movie. I.can’t.wait
    Also I second that motion about Ron Weasley (I always had a slight crush) he has grown up quite nicely.
    But have you seen Mr. Neville Longbottom recently? He got his teefs fixed and he’s all clean cut he pretty good:)
    http://gofugyourself.com/potterfugia-hot-neville-07-2011/harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2-new-york-premiere-arrivals-8

    • November 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

      I am so late to this party, but my jaw just dropped when I clicked on the link for Neville.

      I actually said “oh my word, Neville.”

      Ron and Neville have grown up quite nicely.

      *drools*

  13. Valerie
    July 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I didn’t know i had so many different emotions until i was in that seat, in that theater, in front of that big screen, with my silly 3D glasses! But i loved it!

    p.s.
    this review made me misty-eyed & I <3 Rupert Grint!

  14. July 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I was moved at the lil ove story behind you know her and you know he…bbbuuutttt with that ending do you REALLY think its over?? hhmmmm…

  15. mochazina
    July 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    well… I was the one who despised the HP hype & avoided the movement. Then about 2 years ago, I decided to give it a try & read all the books back to back. Luved them. So now, I decided to do the same with the movies on dvd. Come December or so, I will have an HP movie marathon! 🙂 I’m glad to know they did the books justice.

  16. AJ
    July 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Man. I thought I was the only one that noticed Rupert Grint’s sexy. LOL

  17. July 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    On point. You almost made me shed a tear like I did at the movie but I’ve been able to maintain my cubicle thug. I’m impressed that you got through this without putting 10 exclamation points after every sentence. Because I would have.

  18. Shi
    July 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve been a long time lurker, but you got me with this one.

    I, too, am a Potter fan. I’ve read all the books (and will be beginning the series again soon). I teared up more times than I’d like to admit watching the final movie. I am also going to see it again in 3D. I’m not a big movie fan, so I rarely see ANY movie twice.

    Your review was EVERYTHING that I thought and felt.

  19. Erin
    July 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    WOW!!!!

    I started reading the books when a little girl I was tutoring a while back had to read Book 1 for a report. I found myself creating extra “busy work” for her so I could have more time to read. SMH. I read all the books after that and was keeping up with the movies. Life happened and I fell off after the 4th movie but after this review, I’m going to catch up…this weekend! Movies 5 and 6 tomorrow. 7.1 and 7.2 Saturday! Thanks, Luvvie!

  20. shortblackgirl
    July 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Rupert Grint does things to me.

  21. July 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Everything that’s been said. Snape’s scene murked my entire thug. TWICE. I was lucky enough to win tickets to the premeire screening, which included watching two movies a night until 12:01 Friday morning. Best summer week ever spent. The movie alone was so good (Alan Rickman better get an Oscar nod for that performance).Hermione as Bellatrix? Ron turing into a sex symbol? Draco’s Mom? Molly Weasley?! THE EPILOGUE??! I enjoyed all of the series.

  22. Marsha S. Haneiph
    March 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    You too? They’re opening the UK sets as a tourist attraction this year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7mLsvaaZ0g

  23. November 29, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I just found this post putzing around on G+ cause you said in your Podcast nobody’s there.

    You had me sniffling reading this because everything you said was the truth (pardon me I can’t do the slang realistically to save my life so I’ll leave that to you).

    Potterheads Unite!