That’s right, kiddos. Harry Potter came out last night. If you have friends like I do then you’d see your Facebook news feed swamped with notifications that people were changing their profile pictures to various Harry Potter characters. To be fair, so was I. I’ll keep my default as Harry for a couple days longer, I think.
I’m sure everyone on the internet is dying for my review of HP7, because I’m sure they don’t have enough other reviews to look on. Here’s the thing though, my internet amigos: reading this review is scientifically proven to make you a more attractive person. Go ahead and do a before and after shot in the mirror and you will notice a difference. I guarantee it.
Oh, PS: spoiler alert. You’ve been warned.
Onwards to the actual review. The movie itself seemed shorter than the others, especially compared to Part 1. That may be because the climax was reached within the first half hour or so. The only buildup seemed to be the break-in and subsequent escape from Gringotts. After that the trio of teenage wizard heros arrives at Hogwarts, which of course the climax of the movie.
I think the actual battle for Hogwarts was pretty well done. I wasn’t able to take the dome shield part seriously, though, because it reminded me too much of a similar shield employed by the Gungans in Star Wars, Episode I. I kept expecting Voldemort to send in the battle droids. I’m sorry if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Actually I’m not sorry. Episode I was terrible. Don’t watch it. But I’m reviewing the wrong movie here.
Anyways. I do think that Snape’s redemption was extremely well done. The montage of memories was believable and touching and I think that it showed the love that Snape had for Lily, even for people who didn’t read the book, enough so that the rest of the memories made sense.
My last gripe is that, when Voldemort actually died, the movie seemed to have lost all of its steam. The death seemed totally anticlimactic. There was no massive battle in the Great Hall (that they seemed to show much of), no swarms of House Elves attacking Death Eaters (I was super bummed), and I think that Molly Weasley’s duel with Bellatrix was too short. I was also bummed that Peeves played no part in the battle and that Hagrid had about five minutes of screen time.
Still though. I think it was a good way to end the series, even if it would be hard to mess such an action-packed section of the book up. I’ll give it 8.5 stars out of 10.
See? Now go look in the mirror. More attractive. Told you.
Recently I made the score of a lifetime. That’s right. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 midnight release tickets.
My bromance with the man with the lightning scar began when I got the first three books for my 10th birthday. Since then I’ve bought all the books and watched in horror as the movies steadily declined in quality (books over movies, fo’sho).
When I went to go see the first part of the Deathly Hallows I was not expecting much. I really didn’t like Order of the Phoenix and the Half-Blood Prince wasn’t that much better. However, I was extremely surprised with the first half of HP7. Dobby’s demise moved me almost literally to tears and I think that Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) should win an Oscar.
With my frothing-mouthed devotion to the Boy Who Lived freshly restored I waited anxiously for almost an entire year for the last movie to come out. Part of me hates Warner Brothers for being a tease and making the film two movies. On the other hand, I’m glad that they’re taking the time to do this one properly. Too much was cut out from previous films and I am happy that the same thing isn’t happening to the same degree with HP7.
Coming back to the midnight showing, I am seriously considering going in costume. At the very least I’m going to draw a scar on my forehead. I do work the next morning but any lack of sleep will be totally worth it to see Harry Potter kick some Voldemort ass. I can only hope my friend doesn’t shout “Accio Hermione’s clothes!” as soon as Emma Watson steps onscreen again. That was embarrassing.