I first met Harry Potter when I was nine-years old during reading-time in my fourth grade class. For me, it was love at first sight, and I’m sure Harry would have felt the same if he were not a fictional character. The story of a boy who was around my age but had to face dragons, monsters, and a mass murderer within his first year deeply enthralled me, and although he certainly was much braver than I was, I felt a connection to Harry because we both had a very cruel and scary teacher (I referred to my teacher as “Snape” behind his back for the rest of my elementary school career).
Flash forward a few years and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was in the movie theaters. Ever since the first movie, I have been in line on the opening day (or at midnight, as the movies progressed) in order to watch my beloved characters fight evil while also having a few laughs along the way. So, obviously, as soon as I got off work on July 14, 2011, I headed to my local theater and joined the hundreds of other people who were standing in line, waiting to get a good seat for the premiere of the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, Part II.
I confess: I can be a movie-snob and am usually very critical of movies. I even have snubbed the other Harry Potter movies in the past due to their tenacity to not exactly follow the book’s plotline, so I was both nervous and excited to see the last movie. I was nervous that I would be disappointed with this final installment in the Harry Potter legacy. Luckily, I was not at all disappointed in this movie and think it is by far the best one yet.
Part II picks up where Part I left off, with Voldemort hovering over Dumbledore’s tomb. This spooky scene sets the tone for the entire movie, which is undoubtedly darker than the first six films. However, there is some comedic relief offered by Ron and the other main characters to keep audiences from cowering in their seats the entire time. Part II is much more intense and fast-moving than Part I. During the two hours and ten minutes that the film spends on the big screen, the movie quickly progresses from Shell Cottage to Gringotts, and finally, to the Battle of Hogwarts.
In my opinion, the Battle of Hogwarts is the best part of the entire series. I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but I will say that if you are an avid fan like me, you will not be disappointed in this movie. The main actors have developed their skills so much since the first film was released 10-years ago and have taken complete control of their roles. It’s been amazing watching them grow up and mature over the past eight movies and I am so excited to see where their careers will take them next. However, it does not matter what roles they portray in the future nor what awards they will win for these roles: they will always be Harry, Ron, and Hermione to me.