WARNING: HERE, THERE BE SPOILERS.

 

SERIOUSLY. I’m not joking, I plan on discussing the movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt2). If you haven’t seen it,

STOP.

 

READING.

 

NOW.

 

You’ve been warned.

 

I think, at this point, it is safe to say that my childhood is basically over.

Part of it ended last year, when Toy Story 3 came out (FANTASTIC movie by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet you’re doing yourself and Pixar a disservice). I grew up with those movies, and when the final one came out it was sort of like letting a part of myself go. I guess it didn’t help that it was about Andy going to college 😛

Harry Potter been a part of my life since elementary school. My family read the books together; before my sister and I had the patience to sit down and read a big book our parents read them to us. Once we got old enough to read them on our own (and quickly) we had to flip a coin to see who would read it first (our family only ever bought one copy of each book haha). I was the one to pick up the last 2 books so I got to read them first 😀

I was excited when the movies were announced; I know a lot of people have criticized them for deviating from the books so much, but I’ve tried to enjoy them just as movies and not as adaptations of the books. Yes, there were a few times that I was disappointed about something being different or not being included (they really should have included “Give ’em hell, Peeves!” in movie 5, and Dumbledore’s funeral in movie 6) but on the whole I’ve been very happy with the movies.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was wonderful. I loved every minute of it (except for one awkward part that I’ll get to, but I didn’t hate it) and was very happy to see it, but also very sad. That’s it, my childhood is done. There are still things I can hold onto for nostalgia’s sake, but in reality, the things I looked forward to in my childhood are now over.

But back to the movie. I loved Hermione as Bellatrix. “Good morning!” That was hilarious. I thought the goblins would’ve been a little more loyal but I guess I forgot about that part. I loved the reunion of the trio and Hogwarts; McGonagall’s words “It’s nice to see you” were a great tension-breaker and also just made me really happy. I liked the epilogue; I know more than a few people have issues with it but I like it. The aging they did on the actors was kinda funny-looking, but I enjoyed it. I can’t pin why down, exactly. I was always satisfied with the ending, and watching the actors run that sequence was a very, very satisfying conclusion.

I have to say, I think my favorite character of this entire movie was Snape. Alan Rickman’s performance was, simply put, stunning. I mean, I knew what was going to happen. I knew that Snape turned out to be a good guy (a REALLY good guy). But Alan Rickman….Man. He always did a good job of being a slimy evil man. But this movie, he had me convinced that he loved Lilly Potter; hell, he had me convinced he loved the actress that plays Lilly. Watching him wail over her dead body was horrible; seeing him cast a doe patronus was heart-wrenching, and the word “always” now holds so much more meaning. I only cried twice in the movie (and one other time I teared up); the first time was showing the characters that died in the battle (Lupin and Tonks did me in, I think), and the second was definitely Snape’s memories and death. I teared up when Harry told Ron and Hermione that he was a horcrux.

I loved this movie. I loved this series. I am so happy that I grew up with Harry Potter; the books, the movies, everything. Alan Rickman put it best: “When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’ And I will say, ‘Always.'”.

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