It All Ended Here…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 and the remainder of the stack of tissues I took with me to see the end of it all.

…just after noon Mountain Time today. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 made me cry (3 tissues worth), complete with ugly cry face. Make fun of me all you want; I refuse to feel any shame in that. Movies that I consider to be good do have a profound affect on me, and there’s nothing wrong with allowing yourself to feel that emotion. The slightly underwhelming ending had me, and it felt like many others, leaving the theater in a somber mood. It’s over.

I think the epilogue was added to give us closure – life does go on, but it also leaves us wanting the story to continue. I wanted to see a cleaned-up and rebuilt Hogwarts. No such luck. I want to know who the Headmaster is 19 years later. I want to know what became of certain other characters that weren’t shown in the epilogue. Was that a circle of life that is now somehow going to repeat itself?

Rowling could have written endlessly, and I don’t think we would ever be completely satisfied. This is why I’m curious about a new experience in the works: Pottermore. It seems like it will encourage a whole new generation to buy and read the complete series. I hope kids do keep reading and not just rely on the movies. Reading brings a whole different experience as each reader imagines the wizarding world and all its characters in their own unique ways.

For now, we’re left to mourn the end of a magically imaginative era while we wait for this final movie’s release on DVD.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows | The Wait Continues

My favorite part of the movie is captured in this on-set photo. In the midst of worry and fear, they took a moment to dance and laugh a little.

I can’t really write much about the movie without giving it away for those who haven’t read the books and don’t already know the story. I will say that the movie does start out somber and serious straight away. I’ll also tell you that the preview was deceiving where it looked like Ron was raising the sword to kill Nagini. That’s not what he was doing there.

I love that you can clearly see Draco’s shame and distaste for the Death Eater life; though you don’t see much of that whole clan in this movie. Snape is his usual mysterious self. Keep your eye on him in the next movie!

Harry, Ron, and Hermione monopolized most of the screen time this go round so there’s a sense of a lot missing. That certainly didn’t make the movie drag too much because it didn’t feel like we were watching for two and a half hours. In fact, when the final scene ended and the closing credits started, I was shocked. It was a good place to end, but I could have easily sat there another two hours to see more!

Was it my favorite of all the movies so far? No. It was a hurry up, slow down, hurry up again, and now wait experience. So the wait continues for another eight months for Part 2!