It all ends…considering how many reboots and remakes are going on these days it’s a bold marketing strategy. But, it does feel like the end and after ten years and seven previous films, I couldn’t think of a more spectacular way to go out.
There wasn’t much book to work with for the last film. I was worried they would ignore some of the emotion of the final pages and focus on action. I was very wrong. This is by the far the best acting I’ve seen from any of the Harry Potter stars. It’s tough to have deep emotional range when you’re eleven, so it’s delightful to see they’ve grown into fine actors, hopefully this means they’ll have careers after Hogwarts. Every movie, Harry has had help through his adventures, but in the end it had to come down to the boy who lived. The film perfectly captures Harry’s lonely “heroes journey” and we’re lucky enough to see it to the end.
Don’t worry though, there’s ton’s of action. Just like the books, the movies have gotten progressively darker with more destruction and mayhem. The film is grim for the majority and the filmmakers do a magnificent job of portraying the sense that the heroes are truly fighting for their lives. Those who haven’t read the books may have been scared that Harry wouldn’t make it ***SPOLIER ALERT*** Harry lives, Voldemort dies. But, the film is exhilarating from beginning to end and is paced flawlessly.
The benefit of splitting a book into two movies is there is nothing left out. Things may have been changed, but there is almost nothing really left out. The problem is that the film can’t help but feel incomplete. It definitely feels concluded, but I missed the beginning. Neither of the last two films can stand on their own, they have to be viewed together to get the full effect, which they should’ve just done anyway. It doesn’t matter if every movie is 5 hours, Harry Potter is a phenomenon and there would’ve been drones of Potter fans to see every installment, myself included.
Having that said, what are we supposed to do now!? No books, no movies? It’s a sad day, but we all knew it would come. In my humble opinion, Harry Potter has always been about the journey, not the destination, so don’t be too saddened by the end. I just hope beyond anything that J.K. Rowling DOES NOT write more Potter books. Don’t mess it up and don’t listen to the fans who just can’t accept it’s over. With this film we have a lasting, powerful, and satisfying finale that doesn’t need anything added to it.
Technically: 9; Entertainment: 10; Overall: 9.5