(Parts of this review first appeared in Charlie’s original review of the film here on The Dog and Pony Show blog)
THE BOY WHO LIVED, COMES TO DIE!!! One of my all-time favorite series came to a close this summer, the Harry Potter series. Fortunately, it’s time to re-live it at home on Blu-Ray! The ending was a very bittersweet moment for me, but was something I had been waiting for for quite some time. I eagerly waited in line for the midnight showing and dressed up with all the other Muggles wishing they were pure-bloods to see this EPIC conclusion. The time for an epic ending had finally come and sadly has now passed. Nothing I write in this article can do it justice, but I’ll try my best. Go grab yourself a butterbeer while I tell you about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
November 16, 2001 was the day I decided I was in love with Emma Watson. She was almost 12, and I had just recently turned 14, so it was all good. Anyone who knows me knows just how I feel about her. Ever since then, I have become a HARDcore Potterphile. J.K. Rowling gave us a true masterpiece, which will easily pass the test of time and go down in eternal glory. So as a true Potter fan (aka a reader of the books not just the films), I have to say that I was very satisfied with the conclusion of the series, and loved that they divided it into two parts to truly give it the awesomeness it deserved. Not to sound cliché but it really has been a part of my childhood, and watching the cast grow up on-screen as I did was amazing.
I want to be as spoiler free as possible because I know not everyone has read the books (like this guy has). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, in my opinion, is by far the best film in this legendary series. It picks up exactly where we left off in Part 1 with Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave. The basics of the final chapter are that the story follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione (YUM) as they continue their quest of finding and destroying Voldemort’s three remaining horcruxes (the magical items responsible for his immortality that are actually pieces of his soul). As the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as the trio know it will never be the same again.
We are treated to non-stop action from the very beginning to the bitter end. Part 2 really is a war film, and we get to experience many casualties along the way to reach our final outcome. The performances by the actors in this film are brought to a new level, especially by our big three. The scene between Harry and Hermione when Harry realizes what he must do to put an end to Voldemort once and for all truly is a remarkable scene that will hit everyone hard, and in my opinion it is the most emotional scene for Dan and Emma in the entire series. Anyways, Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) kicks some serious ass in this movie, and is probably tapping it as well, as he has almost become unrecognizable to the eye transforming entirely from his early years at Hogwarts. However, the one actor who steals the show and just so happens to portray my favorite character in the Potter universe is Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. In my eyes he truly is the most badass and important character of the series. There is a pivotal scene that plays out in the film with Rickman and it might just be what causes him to be nominated for an Oscar. (This of course would be the first time an actor in a Harry Potter movie gets recognized by the Academy)
As a HARDCORE Potter Fan, we are treated to a truly satisfying and faithful conclusion on-screen that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride (yes, grown men may cry). David Yates’ vision for these final four movies has been great, and even though I may have done a few things differently, he was the perfect man for the job and has a bright future ahead of him. As for the rest of the cast, I can’t wait to see what Dan, Rupert, and the love of my life, Emma, have in store for us because they really have transformed into fine young actors. With all of that being said, it really is sad that this series has come to an end, although it lives on in all of us. In the words of J.K. Rowling herself, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
PS – Keep an eye out for my upcoming post on Pottermore. It will serve as a permanent online home for the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I’ve been lucky enough to be playing around with it as a beta tester and want to share my experiences with all of you
5 out of 5 Stars
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
PG-13, 130 Minutes
For those interested in purchasing the Blu-ray version, a word of advice:
The Blu-Ray is jam-packed with special features, and there is a copy that is appropriate for everyone. I recommend getting your copy from Target, as it comes with a special Harry Potter documentary as well!!! The Harry Potter DVD/Blu-ray will be going into a vault (Warner Bros is copying Disney) after the Holiday Season, so be sure to grab a copy. They will obviously be releasing them again soon with the ULTIMATE SERIES COLLECTION, so they can continue to have this series live on and make money. I of course will be buying all of these, as I’m a huge sucker. (Ha-Ha)
Includes Instant Streaming with UltraViolet Digital Copy
Disc 1: Theatrical Movie on Blu-ray
Disc 2: Special Features on Blu-ray:
Maximum Movie Mode hosted by Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and other cast members
A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe
The Goblins of Gringott’s
The Women of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour (London)
Disc 3: Theatrical Movie on DVD