Remember how the three main “Harry Potter” characters—Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)—looked in the first movie a decade ago?
My, how wonderfully they’ve grown up and into their more-mature roles as heroes in the final “Harry Potter” movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
I have just one word for the eighth and final HP movie: Brilliant!
We waited until 9:05 a.m. last Saturday to see the flick (along with a lot of other sleep-deprived, matinee money-saving crazies). Of course, it wasn’t as good as the book, but it did bring the entire franchise to a satisfying close. We laughed, we perched on the edges of our seats during the battle for Hogwarts, we applauded when Mrs. Weasley uttered her wonderful line against Bellatrix Lestrange, and, of course, I cried at the end. It was great!
Sidebar: Does anyone not know who wins in the end in the seven books’ ongoing battle of good vs. evil, Harry or Voldemort? Well, the Mister didn’t, and he didn’t like reading about the epilogue that made it obvious who was triumphant.
My favorite character in Part 2 was Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis). Not only has he changed the most over the years, turning into a super hottie (excuse the minor cougar excursion), but he showed amazing courage and leadership. As loyal book readers know the entire series could’ve been about Neville instead of Harry, so it was nice that he finally got to show his mettle.
I liked how Snape’s story was told. It’s obvious why he had such conflicting feelings about Harry. It also confirmed who he truly was loyal to. Alan Rickman has done a magnificent job with this easy-to-hate character.
I’ve read a lot of criticism about the epilogue, but I truly loved it! It brought a fitting close to what has been a magnificent run for J.K. Rowling’s amazing series. It’s nice to be reminded that love and friendship can conquer all.
I can’t wait to see the movie again!