I know, I know this is long. And I've probably mentioned every second scene and still forget some of my favourite moments. But dude! You saw the movie (you saw it, right?!) how can I write anything less?
MAJOR MOVIE SPOILERS BELOW.
Read at your own risk. Yes, nearly everyone has read the book but you know some things get changed in the movie. So I take no responsibility if you read on and spoil yourself silly :P
**********Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Did I mention WOW?! I saw the movie on Wednesday, so I've had a bit of time to calm from my ridiculously good Potter high. Okay, who am I kidding? I'M STILL ON THAT HIGH!!! Part 2 blew me away. Stunning in it's visuals, heartbreaking in it's revelations, epic in it's battles and all round sheer awesome.
Moving on from tears to... more tears. When we saw Fred's body lying in the Great Hall and Ron just overcome with the grief... then the following shots of Remus and Tonks, yeah, the tears came. My heart broke (AGAIN. How many times can it break in the one film??). Such a saddening moment. Sure, seeing their actual deaths may have evoked a greater emotional reaction, but I don't think it was needed. Their bodies just lying there, lifeless, is enough for any Potter fan to feel that shard of glass in their heart. And then, of course, when Harry told Ron and Hermione about him being a horcrux. I wanted to cry when Hermione said she's go with him.
Every single person brought their A-game to this film. In previous films there were times where I felt some of the acting was a bit shoddy. Just a few lines here and there that felt forced, but not once, not a single moment do I recall a scene delivered subpar in this movie. It's like everyone realised, "This is it. I've got to give it everything I've got," and the truly did. Dan was amazing and his emotions after he left the pensieve were so believable. Ron is just... Rupert has always been the perfect Ron and he had some really great lines in this film. He delivered perfectly in the Room of Requirement when the trio returned (so funny!) and then when Goyle shot a killing curse at Hermione, I LOVE when Ron took off after him yelling, "That's my girlfriend, you numpties!", because I'm such a Ron/Hermione shipper. And then a few minutes later, he comes pounding back, screaming his head off "AHH AHHH Goyle set the bloody place on fire!". Everyone in my theatre laughed. I just wanted to knock the flipping wand out of Goyle's hand when he kept waving it about shooting flames, the moron LOL.
I can't sing enough praises about this film. Every freaking character really shone in their time on screen. McGonagall was AWESOME. I love that woman. Neville Freaking Longbottom was just so damn badass. Every scene he had was made of WIN. My favourite was the bridge scene. One man against this hoard of psycho Snatchers and he's standing there ready to take them on. Neville, you da man. Oh and I can't not mention Filch. His two moments were such standouts. The bloody castle is in ruins and here he is with his broom trying to sweep up the rubble LOL. I don't think a broom is going to do you much good.
Oh! How could I forget the kiss! I made dozens of notes after I got out of the cinema, I just found my Ron/Hermione one. It really came as a surprise to me. I'd read that it was going to be set in the Chamber of Secrets and I was anticipating it, but it still took me by surprise. It was just so sweet and sudden and unexpected and while yes, I will always prefer how it played out in the books (that scene was amazing), I really enjoyed the movie version too <3
The epilogue was perfect. It was sweet and beautiful and touching and emotional. To see the trio (and Draco too) all grown up, married with families, sending their kids off to Hogwarts. That new generation in the carriage with the chocolate frog on the window and... and... oh god, I'm crying again! That whole scene just brought back that air of innocence and magic that you would have found in Philosopher's Stone. They all looked fantastic with the make-up and aging effects. And the kids were adorable!
The entire movie was executed so well. The battle scenes and all the special effects were amazing. I didn't see it in 3D (I've never watched 3D before and didn't want to risk not enjoying it), but I can imagine they'd probably look even more "WOW". I know they changed quite a few scenes from the book, but I can't complain. Yes, the book will ALWAYS be best, it's my favourite novel out of the series. But the books and movies are two separate entities - the movies are inspired by the books. They're sometimes going to take a different creative approach and maybe change/edit scenes to make them more movie-friendly.. Yes, says the girl who grumbled at scenes they butchered in previous movies, but I've come to appreciate the films for what they are. They're not the books, they're just an awesome visual interpretation of the books. And Deathly Hallows part 2 was a freaking amazing interpretation! I was prepared for pretty much all of the changes anyway because I read a lot of interviews and behind the scenes details in the months leading up to release. So thankfully there was no disappointment on my part.
Best Potter film BY FAR. The perfect send-off to what has been the greatest franchise in history. I could ask for nothing more. Except maybe the dvd next week. You'll grant me that wish, won't you Warner Bros?? I'm dying here!! I think I'm going for a rewatch over the weekend (or maybe I already have since I scheduled this post!).
What did you think of the movie? LOVED IT? Liked it? Didn't agree with you? Are you planning on going back for a rewatch? Favourite scenes? Share, share, share! Gush with me!