Say goodbye to Harry Potter and your childhood
I still remember going to the first movie, as a little kid. I remember not having read the books before I went. However, that first "Harry Potter" movie stuck with me, and the next time I saw the books at the store, I bought all of them available. I read them within the week.
And from that point on, I was a Harry Potter fan.
I would wait at midnight at bookstores for the new releases and read the newest J.K. Rowling book before the sun came up. I remember the feeling as I cracked open the very last book, Book 7, thinking, "This is it. This is the end."
It was nostalgic, but not bitter at all; Harry Potter had served as a series of new books to look forward to, as the years progressed, and they had never failed to disappoint.
I wish I could say the same for the "Harry Potter" movies, seeing as how some bored me, and others just didn't follow the particular book at all.
But let me tell you something, fellow Harry Potter fans, this movie -- the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" finale -- is absolutely fantastic. It is the perfect way to end the series, to wrap up the movies; the perfect "goodbye" to the "Harry Potter" franchise (and, as my friend and I joked, the "goodbye" to our childhoods, too).
Now, for the plot synopsis, and I'll keep it short: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his two best friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are in search of the final three Horcruxes, and take things to the extreme in order to reach and destroy them before Voldemort wages his final war on Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- and the wizarding world.
"The Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" has so many well-done artistic scenes, and grips you in such a way, that the near two and a half hours of the film zip by. The movie features just the right amount of emotional triggers, such as certain scenes involving certain characters (for example, there is one with Fred--it's insanely sad), and at just the right times. This film is beautifully done, and wraps up the series perfectly. I couldn't ask for more.
However, I will warn people: you will cry. At the midnight premiere, if I really listened at certain parts, I could hear people sniffling and sobbing around me. There is one part in particular, moviegoers, and I will tell you (SPOILER!): the Pensieve memories from Snape (Alan Rickman). Even I cried, and I'm the type of person that never cries. Never. But there are parts in this that are so well-done, and so poignant and sad, that I started to cry. Rickman goes all-out in the Pensieve memories, and his true talent shows throughout the scenes: It gave the movie a whole new level of depth and perfection, from book-to-movie perspective, that fans simply couldn't ask for more from Rickman.
Simply put, Potter fans, this is the best ending to the series that there could have been. I'm still sad it ended, but I'm glad that it ended this well. Go to see it. You won't be disappointed.
Charlie Anderson is a recent graduate of NUAMES. She loves fall, French and random facts. Did you know elephants can't jump? E-mail her at charliesaurus@gmail.