Sound Off: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
July 15, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It all ends. After 10 years, 7 books, 8 movies, hundreds of characters and memories, it finally ends. You grew up with them, you love them, now it's time. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters and it's a bittersweet and exciting end, one that we've known was coming. So how is it? Does it live up to the other movies in the series? How are Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in their final Harry Potter roles? What about the ending? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on the epic finale, Deathly Hallows: Part 2!
Accio Firebolt! I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter series and I love the movies, they've been getting better and better, but I was unfortunately slightly let down by Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It seemed like it was missing 45 minutes of footage. Now, I just recently watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy in its entirety, so I feel like a 4 hour finale is necessary, especially after 8 movies, and that's my problem with Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I think the movie has pacing/structure issues and it also really lacks the emotion of a truly epic finale. There are many deaths that we don't even see, every moment is pushed along quickly, even though it's over two hours, it still felt short, it still felt like we could've seen much more. That's not to say I don't think it's a great film, it just wasn't as amazing as I truly wanted. Even the Battle for Hogwarts was just much too short.
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 unquestionably feels like a second half of Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which makes sense, but it also needed to be longer, needed to be much fuller. I wanted to really feel for every character, to get fully invested in the final battle and feel for them as they struggle to survive (or perish). It all skipped by much too quick and, sadly, it's not my favorite Harry Potter movie (that's probably still Half-Blood Prince or Goblet of Fire). I still enjoyed Part 2 a lot, there are some awesome visuals, and it's exhilarating and sad to watch, but it's not a knock out. I will still admit, though, that Snape's story definitely made me tear up.
What did you think of Deathly Hallows: Part 2? An incredible ending or big dissapointment? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the discussion civilized!