I have a confession to make. I never finished reading the Harry Potter series. That’s right – the fourth book was my last, and still remains my favorite to this day. I just never got around to reading the rest.
However, I’ve been (sort of) keeping up by watching the movies. Granted, the movies will never cover the depth and detail that the books go into, but it’s the best alternative out there.
After watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with some my old floormates Dow, Jessie, Jon, Amy, and Julian, I’m considering picking up the books. Let’s just say it was a well-done, apt finale for an epic and memorable series.
I won’t go over the synopsis, since most of you have probably watched and/or read about it already. I’ll just quickly share some of my thoughts, not that they’d make a huge difference. But hey, another voice in the mix.
First off, it’s amazing to see the final performances of the once-child actors and actresses. I’m amazed at how much their acting has matured and evolved over the years.
Another person who deserves praise for his performance in the movie is Ralph Fiennes, who plays Lord Voldemort. I feel that he’s often overlooked (well, he does look like a bipedal reptilian with no nose), but the way he captures the fluctuations in speech, the awkward affection (hugging for the win), and the pure evil is quite impressive.
Moving on to the film itself, near-flawless execution, as far as I could tell. Great use of visual effects, a dose of humor here and there, and much better in overall flow than part 1.
There’s really not much to complain about in the film. It’s entertaining, nail-biting, and takes you on an emotional roller coaster as you see your childhood memories float before your eyes.
While many find it sad that the Harry Potter (movie) series is finally over, they can console themselves with the fact that the series couldn’t have ended in a more spectacular way.
Here’s to literary history in the making – in 20 years, we can tell our Harry Potter-reading kids that we were there for the new releases, the premiers, and the magic.
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