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09 October 2011 @ 09:15 am
2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II  
Last night, after the Renaissance Faire, I finally got around to seeing the final Harry Potter movie. (Yeah, I know that makes me like the last person on the planet to see it, but we were waiting for it to go to the cheap theatres so we’d only pay $5 for our tickets.) I thought it was a very satisfying end to the series, even though there were a couple of things that still bother me:
  • They really didn’t do anything with the Deathly Hallows. Considering how much build-up there was about the Hallows and the fact that they’re IN THE TITLE you’d think they’d be a little more central to the story. But no, it was all about the horcruxes. They should have called it Harry Potter and the Deadly Horcruxes or something.
  • Although from a plot hole perspective this bothers me, I think that for the purposes of this movie it’s a good thing that they cut some of the details about the Hallows, like Dumbledore’s past with the Elder wand because that would have been a serious time sink.
  •  I’m glad that they cut back on some of the other flashbacks, too. I feel like Snape’s big fight with Lily would have gotten really cheesy and over-the-top…
  • …and on that note, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED WITH SNAPE’S MEMORIES? MEMORIES DO NOT COME FROM TEARS. THEY COME FROM THOSE WEIRD STRINGY THINGS THAT YOU PULL YOUR OF YOUR BRAIN. THAT WAS SO VERY STUPID.
  •  Speaking of stupid decisions, why did Harry stop using his invisibility cloak after breaking into Gringotts? That would have been a terribly useful thing to have during the final battle.
  • Twin death = so sad. Remus and Tonks deaths = kinda sad, but I never got as connected to the movie versions of those characters so it didn’t bother me so much. Lestrange death = pretty awesome looking.

I’m really glad that the Harry Potter franchise is over, though. It’s not like I didn’t enjoy the ride and all, but I stand behind the theory that all good things must come to an end, or else they’ll eventually turn into something terrible, like the convoluted soap opera mess that is the Marvel Comics Universe or the never-ending mystery/thrillers series that get more and more formulaic with every volume.