I wasn’t prepared with a handful of tissues when I went to see Harry Potter The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, how stupid really considering when I read the book 4 years ago I could barely see a word on the page through my floods of tears.
The film was nothing less than epic, I know in the past I’ve sat there muttering to myself that this part is wrong and that didn’t happen and how very irritating that is to my friends who would just like to enjoy the movie (ha). But this was very well done, smoothly transitioning from Part 1 to Part 2 with the necessary recap of Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from the lifeless body of Dumbledore.
That scene does effectively set the tone for the rest of the movie, the dark cinematography for the location shoots and added post-production in the CGI scenes, the characters’ costumes and make up full of literal blood, sweat and tears as they fight their impending doom, the destruction of major sets such as the Great Hall, and the disintegration of Voldemort as the Horcruxes are slowly destroyed.
What you can really see is the emotion within the movie, the main cast including Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are acting but with the understanding that this really is the end. Each of them in interviews and on the red carpet have admitted how sad they are to be leaving the Harry Potter world after 10 long years, growing up on the set and with the whole team behind the movie around them you can tell that they really care about it and that shows on screen.
A part of me feels like my childhood really has ended, the first book I read at 11 and the last book I read aged 18, the last film seen at 23. What a long time for Harry Potter to be around, and now really a part of literary history borne from JK Rowling. I suppose I can always turn back to one of the books to read and reminisce and feel like a child again. But ultimately there will be no waiting for the next film to come out around my birthday, or another Potter vs Voldemort adventure.
I don’t think I could ever do the movie series justice by giving my opinion, it would take FOREVER, so Harry Potter comes to an end literally but hopefully there will always be pottermore…