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Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter: The End of Our Childhood

We're going to preface this entry by saying that there will be some spoilers. If you haven't read the 7th book and don't want to know what happens, a) don't read this post and b) go be lame somewhere else.

Y'all, we can't even. We were 9 when the first book came out and have been reading them obsessively ever since. We've grown up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and we've learned life lessons alongside them. Most of you will probably know how difficult it is to summarize your thoughts on such a large part of your lives, but we'll try to do it anyway.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was everything we wanted it to be. One of us didn't think it was perfect, but it was damn close. One of us thought that there were a few moments when either the humor didn't work or it was unintentional, but she still cried twice and really enjoyed it. While the movie didn't include everything from the second half of the book, it did contain all of the important moments (and our favorite lines - we don't know what we would've done if Mrs. Weasley hadn't said "Not my daughter, you bitch!"). While the beginning of the movie wasn't as action-packed as the rest, after the Gringots scene, it went into a completely different gear.

The Battle of Hogwarts scenes were just ... epic. Alexandre Desplat deserves an Oscar for the mood he was able to help set with his compositions.

For those of you who have not yet seen it, we recommend watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 right before you see this movie, especially if you haven't read the books. We also think the emotional impact will be greater if you do this, because the second half of Deathly Hallows is more of a catharsis. We think it would be good to experience the build-up to this catharsis.

Honestly, one of the best things about experiences like this is going to the midnight showing and being able to react to what's happening on the screen without running the risk of being shushed. We laughed, we cried, we screamed, and we cheered, with about 200 people in our theater and millions others worldwide.

Movie Grade: A


  1. This post is pedantic in all forms. I find the melodramatic views and pathos being tied to the film are presented in too high regard. What the reader seeks in film review--of this manner--is a complete and exact commentary on the owl.

  2. LOL. Clearly you are joking, because the owl had died. There was no owl.

    In all seriousness, contact us once you figure out what "pedantic" means.

  3. Oh my god!!! I've just watched yesterday and for god sake it was perfect for me hahaha, it's been 10 years since I read the first book and oh my god, JUST LOVED IT! I love when Molly said "Not my daughter you bitch", I just don't know what else to say, I'm still so excited! Definetly I'm coming back to watch it again, and again, and again! My only one complaint, the 3D, it's like they didn't know how to make it worth, was a shame that even directors like Michael Bay know how to use it better haha.

  4. Do you think she delivered the line well? One of us wondered if Molly should have yelled it like she did in the book. But it was still awesome. Snape delivered "Look at me" well.

    We're 2-D people, for the most part, but when we see it again, we might check out the 3-D, just to make it a little different. We definitely have to see it again multiple times/own it.

  5. I think it was just perfect the way that she said it.

    In the part that Snape dies I was about to cry but suddenly a cell phone from some guy of the audience starts ringing and took away all the moment, I did want to kill him haha.

    I have to go and watch it on 3D because I bought the tickets three weeks agos and by those days they only had them for 3D, but I've read that the real experience of the movie is in IMAX so I'll check it out.

  6. Sounds good. And yeah, it would have just been crazy if she had yelled it.

    We WOULD have killed him. Our audience was good. One of us went totally decked out in a robe with an elder wand bought at Harry Potter World. This blogger is thinking of putting a picture as her icon...

  7. This blogger DID see it in 3-D at the midnight showing, and she liked it a lot, mainly because she does prefer 2-D and the 3-D didn't really detract too much from the story. There were two or three scenes where the 3-D was noticeable, but overall, it never seemed like "WOW this movie is obviously in 3-D". If you're looking for something to utilize 3-D to its full ability, this isn't the movie.

  8. I agree. Like you, I can't even begin to sum up the emotional ties to this story as a whole, as we grew up with it. I remember when the 6th came out and I was actually one year older than Harry. It twisted my world because he was always older than me.

    Anyway, it was by far the best of the movies. I saw it at midnight to share the experience, as you said. I took my parents today (they haven't read the books, though they have followed the movies). I will be going with my boyfriend soon.

    Not perfection, but pretty darn close. This was the first time I felt the movies ADDED to the story.

  9. Hey, you are around the same age as us....

    That's not the first time we felt that the movies added to the story, but we like that they changed the timing on some of the big moments so that we were still surprised when they happened. We really can't wait to see it again and see what we think of it during the day time and after seeing it once.

    One of us is a huge morning person whose brain doesn't even work past 8 p.m. So she definitely wants to catch a noon showing.

  10. (Ern didn't write this one though, haha)