I saw Harry Potter at midnight for the last time ever last Thursday night and this is the highest praise I could possibly give it: It was everything I wanted it to be.I went into the theater thinking I would be completely heartbroken over and over again throughout the movie, and while I cried many times, the movie was handled in such a way that it was impossible to dwell on the sadness. I was too busy getting blown away by the awesomeness. Really, it was that awesome!Part 1 was good, just like any Harry Potter movie, but I did have some complaints about it. That probably had a lot to do with the fact that I reread the book right before seeing it, so I picked out every little detail that was different. I refrained from reading it this time, but I think still would have loved either way. Now that most of you have probably saw it, let’s go over some of the things I loved, shallwe?
(This is packed full of spoilers. Do not read if you haven’t read the book, or if you don’t want any movie things spoiled) .
First of all, this was the first movie I have ever saw in 3D and I must say I was very impressed. Next, how awesome was the Gringott’s scene?!? I remember thinking after Part 1 was over that Part 2 was going to be nothing but action. I was right. The Gringott’s scene set the tone for the rest of the movie. It was fantastic.
After that scene it was all just…extraordinary. It all just blew me away. Neville Longbottom was utterly fantastic! I was so giddy when Ariana goes to get him, I couldn’t wait to see him come through that picture. And he rocked for the rest of the movie! I loved the ‘You and who’s army’ scene!! I am the tiniest bit sad that they changed up how he killed the snake, but the change only added to the edgeofyourseat-ness of the final battle. Also, I love, love, love that they added the Neville-Luna aspect in there! I remember reading on an article on a fansite after I finished DH where J.K hints that Neville and Luna could have ended up together. That always stuck with me and I was always a little disappointed that it didn’t happen in the book, but now I feel like everything is complete.
The first time during the movie that I got a little weepy was completely unexpected. It was the scene with McGonagall standing on the steps. She was always one of my most favorite characters and I am thrilled she got some really awesome scenes just for her. That also leads me to the one thing that they really changed, the scene in the Great Hall where Harry confronts Snape. That’s of course not how any of that happened in the book, but I must say that I loved it. The fight between Snape and McGonagall was great and I loved getting to see her stand up to Snape.
The thing I loved the absolute most about the movie was Snape. I was so anxious to see how his story played out on the screen. I was a little worried that they were going to change it, but it played out incredibly well. From the second scene in the movie with Snape looking out over what Hogworts had become, I knew that it was going to come together perfectly. I loved that you could see it on his face, that this is not what he wants. His death scene was pretty hard to watch, but not nearly as hard as the memories. I had to hold back sobs through that. I’m getting teary just thinking about it. His love for Lily and his devotion came shining through. When he was holing Lily and crying I almost lost it. I really cannot think of a way they could have done Snape’s story better. It was flawless.
I’m going to try to wrap this up now! I was pretty surprised at how the deaths were handled….because they really didn’t even show it other than a glimpse of Fred in a fight. That is probably a very good thing, because it would have been so hard to watch, but it still surprised me.
Harry going to his death was so, so emotional. Even though I knew what was going to happen. I couldn’t help getting emotional when Harry, Hermione, and Ron thought he was going to die. I think the resurrection stone was great. I loved seeing Sirius and Dumbledore. Oh how I love Dumbledore. The King’s Cross stuff was really great. (Bloody fetus Voldemort…creepy) The Molly/Bellatrix duel was perfect. I so happy she said The Line. RON & HERMIONE!! THE KISS!! The whole theater clapped! It was perfection! The final battle with Voldemort was awesome! It was more action packed than the book and it made Harry look like such a badass…who am I kidding Harry is a badass! I did find Voldemort’s death a little…underwhelming, but that is a very minor thing in the grand scheme of things.
I’m going to stop now. I really am. I’m honestly a little suprised that I don’t have post-Harry Potter depression. I usually get that after I wait for a movie so long and then it’s just…over. And this one is really over, but I think the pure and utter amazing-ness of the movie has made me not depressed, but even more excited! I can’t wait to see it again already!
So….what did you think?
*Update–I wrote that the morning after seeing the movie and I must say that the Post Harry Potter Depression set in soon after. It’s now Sunday and I am still depressed I go through bouts of crying (especially when I watch videos that Nikki posts) and bouts of longing. I might have to read the books again…but then I will just be depressed after that….sigh…Oh Harry….