Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two
The Final Movie
The final installment in the well-loved series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, broke the record for opening weekend with a gross of $168.6 million in sales. Fans have been anxiously anticipating this epic conclusion for four years, since the book was released. Does the movie live up to the expectations?
I read the book when it first came out, setting my own record by finishing it in two days. It was an action-packed book that kept me turning the pages and I was expecting the same of the movie. I got my ticket ahead of time for opening weekend and was excited to see it before I had a chance to read other reviews.
One of the things I appreciate most about the Harry Potter movies is how closely the follow the books. Of course, they have to leave out some things to fit it in a reasonable time limit. There are people who argue about what they choose to include or leave out. But unlike a lot of other movies made from books, they don’t add to the book to make it more exciting. There’s no need since Rowling packed in enough action and drama in the story. The same is true of this movie. Even though it had been years since I had read the book, the movie brought it all back to me.
It was a reunion of sorts, with many of the characters returning to fight at Hogwarts, which looks like a historic battleground by the end of the movie. There were plenty of action-packed scenes with special effects such as the roller coaster ride and escape from Gringotts Bank, but I think the movie was more focused on wrapping up the story of Harry’s connection with Lord Voldemort. It finally answered the question of which side Snape was on and what his true motivations were and why Harry could see where the evil lord was and what he was thinking.
The final battle scene is emotional when Harry realizes he must make the ultimate sacrifice and face his enemy alone. It’s a fitting conclusion to this epic series as Harry and Lord Voldemort battle one-on-one with their wands.
We’ve watched Harry grow from an innocent, wide-eyed wizard boy to a loyal brave adult, fighting to save those he loves. Along the way, the movies have grown darker and more serious. However, the charm and humor we loved in the early stories are still woven throughout the story. Now that the record-setting series has reached its conclusion, we have to wonder if there will ever be another saga that will captivate our imaginations and capture our hearts in such a manner.