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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Movie Review

IN THE July 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMovies
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by Lorie Lewis Ham

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been one of the most anticipated releases ever, breaking box office records with its midnight premiere. As a Harry Potter fan, I’d have to say it did not disappoint!

My review of this movie is going to be a bit different because if you’re not already a Harry Potter fan and haven’t read any of the books or seen the movies, there’s no point in you seeing this one as it brings a conclusion to the entire series and you would be completely confused. On the other hand, if you are a fan I don’t want to give too much away as I don’t want to incur anyone’s wrath, so I’m going to talk more about how I felt about this movie than details.

I love the Harry Potter book series. The writing is incredible and they will live on forever as classics. They also brought young people back to reading again. While I’ve enjoyed the movies, they haven’t all been great—though I understand how hard it must be to turn such long, detailed books into movie form. I was very disappointed in the way the sixth one, The Half-Blood Prince, was done and could rant on about that one for some time.

However, both of the Deathly Hallows movies were excellent, this latest being the best of the entire series! Sure there were a lot of things left out I would have liked to have seen, but if they had included everything we would have spent the entire day in the theatre—though I’d guess many of us really wouldn’t have minded. But with this one they did a great job of picking out and focusing on the most important details. I have no complaint whatsoever—this was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen and it left you feeling sad because it was over, and yet satisfied. What more can one ask of a movie.

Some of my favorite moments were the scenes toward the end with Snape (Alan Rickman deserves an Oscar nomination for this role). Being a Snape fan, I thought they portrayed the Snape chapter from the book wonderfully. The deaths of favorite characters that we all knew were coming, were just as sad as if we hadn’t—leaving many, if not most, of us in tears, yet they were well done. I also loved it when Ron’s mom let a certain evil witch have it! And of course there’s the kiss….I won’t say anymore on that 🙂

Click here to see the trailor on YouTube.

So if you are a Harry Potter fan and you haven’t seen the movie yet—get out there you’ll be glad you did and I can’t believe you’ve waited so long. I just might have to go back and see it again myself! It was wonderful! I say goodbye to Harry Potter with great sadness, as I can’t imagine anything ever topping it—and yet who knows. Maybe there’s another struggling writer out there who will surprise and amaze us some day.

And if you are among those who haven’t seen the movies or read the books, perhaps because you just aren’t into fantasy and magic—they’re not just some books about magic and a bunch of teens having an adventure, they are so much more. They are about people, and relationships, the ongoing battle between good and evil, the power of love, prejudices and politics and everything in life that matters. Give them a try you just might be surprised!

Check out our review of Deathly Hallows: Part 1 now available on DVD, and our review of the Deathly Hallows book.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.

Print this coupon and enjoy a special discount for Kings River Life readers only!

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

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1 Jeri Westerson
Twitter: @jeriwesterson
February 24, 2012 at 7:19am

I have to say, though, that I was very disappointed with the way they dispatched a certain bad wizard. There was much anticipation for the event and, as in the book, I wanted my moment to jump up out of my seat and cheer. I wasn’t given that moment. After seven books, eight movies, and ten years, I think we all deserved it!

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