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.
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