Tuesday, 29 July 2014
#20: Watch the Final Harry Potter
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The other night the skies started to cloud over and it began to feel like summer was already ending despite it only being July. So I made the most of this lack of sunshine by sticking on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final film in the Harry Potter series and the only one I hadn't seen yet. I think I was seven or eight when I watched the first film so it has been about 10 years and a long time coming. I know, I know, it has been out for years and I am massively behind but I have finally caught up and now it's time for me to share my verdict.
WARNING: If you haven't seen the final Harry Potter yet then I recommend you stop reading right about now. I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. Spoilers really are the worst.
First things first, whenever I mentioned the fact that I hadn't seen the final Harry Potter the first thing everyone said is 'Harry dies'. Cheers for the spoiler everyone but you had left out one crucial detail, the fact that he doesn't stay dead. Oh no, Harry Potter actually resurrects himself to help the rest of the wizarding world defeat Voldemort. He is actually Jesus. JESUS! My mind is blown. Thanks for the non-spoiler-spoiler friends (you know who you are!)
I know I probably don't need to explain the story as my sister an I are the last people in existence to watch this film for the first time but here it is in short anyway. Harry and co go in search of a few more horcruxs in order to take away all of Lord Voldemort's powers and defeat him once and for all. However he is still very powerful and sets his army to attack Hogwarts. Put as simply as possible; they find the final hidden Horcrux; we find out Dumbledore has a brother (crazy times!); Voldemort kills Snape; then he kills Harry; Voldemorts army pretty much destroys Hogwarts; Harry comes back to life (I'm still bewildered by this); Neville kills Voldemort's snake (the final Horcrux, go Neville!) and the Dark Lord is killed and peace is restored.
Wow, actually a lot happens. Complete with magical wars, dragons, deception and heart melting stories and yes I am talking about Snape, what's not to love about this movie. It finishes the series perfectly and kind of makes me want to watch them all again. It's all a bit addicting really.
What I thought was really cute was the ending when they jumped 19 years ahead and they are all taking their children to the train station to go to Hogwarts. They are all saying good-bye and then Harry's son, who he named after Dumbledore and Snape, gets worried that he'll be put in Slyverine. But Harry defends the house because of Snape and I like how he still remembers that Snape looked out for him through-out his time at Hogwarts. I just found it really sweet that he keeps Snapes memory alive even 19 years after his death.
In conclusion, the final Harry Potter was most definitely not a disappointment and even though it was lengthy (2 hour films and a short concentration span don't mix all that well), I was hooked. I could not of wished more from this movie, it was everything I wanted from the final film. Perfect way to end the series and I'm sorry that this review does not do it justice.