Episode 8: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Directed by David Yates. Warner Bros., 2011.

Pre-Screening Sips

  • It’s the fin-al Pot-ter! Do-do-do-do! Do-da-do-do-do!
  • My sister and I actually went to the midnight premiere of this movie (RIP movie theaters) at the multiplex closest to Harry Potter World—it was a hot mess of awesomeness

Post-Screening Snippets

  • The big, epic finale starts out fairly subtly, which is actually great because it lets the rest of the film get bigger and better from the beginning
  • Helena Bonham Carter acting like Hermione acting like Bellatrix is the gold at the bottom of my Gringott’s vault
  • I am confident there was dialogue as the gang changed out of their wet clothes from the lake, but I did not notice because I was so distracted at just how translucent Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are without their shirts on
  • I’m not one hundred percent sure why there are any students left at Hogwarts? Was there not a PTA meeting about evil wizard takeover or…?
  • The McGonagall v. Snape duel had me on the edge of my seat like I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen
  • Wow, this film really is exceptionally gorgeous to look at
  • It took eight films, but Neville finally gets his time to shine!
  • This whole movie has a very Poseidon Adventure/Titanic disaster vibe and it’s amazing
  • Halfway through this movie, I started tearing up – not for any particular reason, it’s just a lot
  • This is one of the few movies where so many characters die, it’s hard to keep up with who is still kickin’
  • Alan Rickman should have gotten three Oscars for the Snape memory sequence
  • Voldemort’s stupid giggle when he’s shouting about Harry being dead is both hilarious and revolting; he follows it up with a disturbing hug; then he does a little comedy routine with Neville – it’s The Late Show with Lord Voldemort
  • My spooky queen went down too easy
  • The epilogue is sweet, but also what were the make-up and hair people thinking they achieved with Ginny’s Bonnie Hunt wig?  

The Final Potion

            Harry Potter and the Hunt for Voldemort’s Pet is an absolutely epic, thrilling, and emotionally rich conclusion to a saga that went from light-hearted witch babies to dark, murder magicians. The series absolutely holds up as one of the cinematic greats.

GRADE: A

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