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Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie Review

Let me just begin by saying that this review will more than likely end up being a review of the entire Harry Potter franchise. As far as the Deathly Hallows Part Two, this may have a few spoilers. Be Warned! I, unfortunately, was not smart enough to see the series as the piece of master-work it was meant to be. Wizards and witches and schools of magic? Whats not to love?

The Deathly Hallows served as the 2 part finale to not only the most iconic series of the last decade but a series that will prove to be a favorite to millions  for decades to come. Knowing that it would all be coming to an end with this last movie, I decided I needed to get my butt in gear and catch up. You see, I hadn’t seen any of the Potter films since the second one and that would be an issue for someone that needs to write a review of the last film. So, I set out to understand the realm of magic a little better by having my own private Harry Potter-A-Thon. Over the course of 3 days, I watched 7 films. Thats 17 and a half glorious hours of spells, curses and the variable treasure trove of artifacts that grant you secret abilities. Now that I have seen the last part, I can say with confidence that I will gladly venture into that near 20 hour marathon at least 6 more times in my lifetime.

The movies take you from freshman wizard to advanced sorcerer in a very deranged way. While watching the first few, I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of parents would allow their children to study at such a dangerous place. At some point you realize that it is mostly due to the presence of the child who dared to live; Harry Potter. It would be a terrible twist of fate to be the student who graduated the year before Mr. Potter started his attendance at Hogwarts, School Of Magic. To have missed all the exciting near death experiences and escaped prisoners of Azkaban hiding in the hallways of your school would truly be a shame. Furthermore, growing up knowing that the one human being that survived the wrath of Voldemort (I am no longer afraid to say his name) would be attending your school the year AFTER you are done would be torture. At least they would be able to enjoy the thrills of Quidditch; A game notorious for killing students. It is even mentioned that people have disappeared and are never seen or heard from again. That is definitely the sport I would have chosen to play had I been given the chance. Every 15 year old kid wants to risk his life for crowd applause and an infinite amount of pats on the back.

Along the way, you tend to form one-sided bonds with the characters. From Luna Lovegood to Neville Longbottom; Each and every one of them are relatable to a certain degree. The scenarios we see them in are not so relatable though. We wish we could shroud ourselves in a cloak of invisibility and hide from the world. We could only hope for the power to point a wand and heal someones wound. That is what makes this journey so amazing to watch. Imagining yourself growing up with those type of abilities is what it is all about. You find yourself hoping for Ron to get up the courage to grab Hermione by the hand and then he does. I did find it a little odd that during the entire series, they never focused too much on a love interest for Harry. Being the main character, it felt a little wrong. It was a faint, uneasy feeling that really didn’t manifest until I was watching the last film.

What is realized in Half-Blood Prince is that Voldemort has hidden parts of his soul in seven horcruxes. Each one serves as a fail-safe to bring the dark lord back from the dead if needed. He will not be truly dead until all of them are destroyed. Of course, this is a task only the great and powerful Harry Potter can withstand. He destroys the first one but Dumbledore dies by the hand of Snape. Who now seems to have been working with Lord Voldemort the whole time. In Deathly Hallows Part One, Harry and the team track down and destroy the second horcrux. Oh, and Lord Voldemort digs up Dumbledore and gets the elder wand. Said to be the most powerful wand imaginable, Voldemort uses it to wage an attack on Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows Part Two. Unfortunately for him, Harry and the gang have learned a lot in that time frame in regards to what they need to do to destroy him.

They reveal in the last movie that Snape was a double agent all along and more importantly, Dumbledore was a gigantic douche. He promised to save Harry’s mother, failed, and then basically forced Snape to play the bad guy for decades to get in Voldemorts good graces. If that wasn’t enough, Dumbledore checks out early and leaves Snape with the task of telling Harry the one piece of information that was needed to finally rid the world or the dark lord.

What it breaks down to is you won’t understand the big picture until you’ve seen the last film. Assuming you haven’t read the books. I loved being able to watch these characters grow into adults and I’m not ashamed to admit that I became very choked up during the last scene. Going from careless onlooker to avid fan and wizard-wannabe has been amazing to say the least. This is one of those franchises that may have some daunting moments here and there, but in the end, you will appreciate every new moment you came to enjoy and will desperately try and recreate that feeling you got when first experiencing its magic. Harry Potter was an emotional and magical roller-coaster and I wouldn’t change one minute of it.

I'm a man of tomorrow still holding onto the joys of yesterday. I miss Nick cartoons, and Power Rangers but I cant get enough of the Time Lords, and Serial Killers we have now. My many distractions include computers, movies, comics, and I like to imagine my life story would be scored with a mixture of Death Cab, A3, and a lot of Kid Cudi. We've entered the Geekological Revolution. A time of Vulcan Death Grips, drinks with friends on Tatooine, and attempting to build a freeze ray. Things have changed, muscle headed bullies. The Nerds rule the world now, and we reign SUPREME!

3 Comments

  1. Timothy

    July 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I really liked this movie, but I really thought it would have been better if I had watched pt. 1 again immediately before I went to see the movie.

  2. Tony

    July 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    good review Bobby, well written. I was very happy with this movie, I had just finished re-reading the book the week the movie came out, so that made it that much better for me

  3. Tony

    July 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    BTW Neville Longbottom Rules!

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