I’m back!! And I’ve returned with the final part of my Harry Potter reread/rewatch. I’m sorry that it took so long, but work has really kept me busy and I’ve just been having a tough time finding a moment to blog!
But I did find time to watch the final movies, and since I have a lot to say, I am writing this post on a Friday night. I’m basically old though, so it’s not like I’m missing out on the clubbing or anything so I could write.
Anyway, here we go! My thoughts on the final book and the last two movies!
As always, there are spoilers for the series in this post.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –
The Book: The first time I read this book, I liked it but I was kind of underwhelmed. To be honest, I think I didn’t really understand the ending and I was too lazy to figure it out. I didn’t understand how Harry was able to come back to life after Voldemort killed him with the Elder Wand I knowww. I’m stupid. But I get it now! I took the time to look up anything I was unsure about. I looked up the details, I learned about Harry’s mother’s love protection, and it made sense in my brain finally.
This time when I read it, I took my time with it, and I didn’t rush through it. I think last time I was just so absorbed by everything (and I was a much faster reader, skipping over things to get to the good parts) that I rushed through it too quickly. Nowadays I read every sentence because ALL of the words are important to me, and I savored the shit out of this. I freaking LOVED this book.
No, seriously. I can honestly say that book 5 is still my favorite book, but this is definitely my second favorite and it is a CLOSE race for first. I just loved how everything closed. There was one thing that pissed me off though. I thought it was complete bullshit that Lupin and Tonks didn’t get a proper death scene. I mean, seriously, what the hell WAS that? Harry comes back into the castle to find their dead bodies basically laid out in a corner? Ugh, no.
And that epilogue. Okay, I agree with all the criticisms of that. It reads like bad fan fic.
But the rest of it was so beautiful. It was perfect. I wish every series ended as well as this one did. Bekka is rereading these next and I hope she enjoys it just as much as I did.
I sobbed like a baby for a long time over Snape. And I still tear up when thinking about it. I didn’t cry over Dumbledore or Sirius this time, but when it was Snape’s turn, I lost all my composure. There was snot everywhere. I was an uncontrollable mess.
Part 1- The first time I saw this movie, I thought it was kind of boring. I mean, I still liked it, but I thought it was bad as far as a story arc went. It didn’t feel like a complete film. They only find one horcrux by the end of the movie and it ends in a really bad spot (Dobby’s death) and it was just so sad and anticlimactic.
I liked it a lot better this time around. I still think the arc is kind of awkward, but I also think it’s incredibly emotional and the cinematography was effing gorgeous. I loved the opening scene with the seven Harrys. I loved the breaking into the Ministry sequence. I was kind of ticked that Harry didn’t take Moody’s eye but it’s a small thing to be annoyed by. And then there was the dancing scene. Okay, that pissed me off. I am annoyed that the director tried to build romantic tension between Harry and Hermione in a really stupid scene that was not in the books. I feel like this director completely disrespects J.K. Rowling’s vision. Basically, he’s an idiot. He’s brilliant, but for that one fucking scene, I hate him. How could he? Where was Voldemort at Bathilda Bagshot’s house? How stupid was that? Were they unable to get Ralph Fiennes for that scene or something?
This is the same guy that burned down The Burrow in the LAST movie. Fire his ass already.
Part 2- I can be truly honest and say I adored this film. I am not a fan of David Yates (obviously) but I only have one small complaint about this film which I will get to in a second. The Battle of Hogwarts was effing brilliant. The scene where Harry turns himself in to Voldemort was tense and perfect. The film was full of emotion and I enjoyed every second of it.
Voldemort’s death scene. The final fight between Harry and Voldemort was SO different than what was in the book. And I loved the book version much better. The dialogue between H & V was so important and I was seriously bummed that it was left out because movie watchers that had not read the book might have been confused. How did Harry survive that again? Was anyone able to figure out that Voldemort’s killing curse rebounded off of Harry because Harry was the true master of the Elder Wand? Well, yeah, they would have figured it out in the end when Harry explained it to Hermione but I wanted that dialogue and tension dammit. And I find it very hard to believe that Harry and Voldemort are out in the front yard of Hogwarts fighting to the death and no one comes outside to watch that. Where WAS everyone? I wanted to see all the people watch him defeat him like in the book? Ugh. Whatever.
I still loved the film though. I love that most of the stuff that I loved about the books was in there because it was broken into two films. Normally I would be annoyed at that cash grab, but as I loved this book so much, I enjoyed getting to see everything come to life. But oh, the fact that Fred Weasley didn’t get a death scene in this movie ticked me off too. Another what the HELL, David Yates??
In the end, I completely enjoyed my little December/January project. I didn’t have the best of luck with the movies, but they are entertaining for what they are. They are definitely not the books, though. I can honestly say that I don’t know if I will watch the movies as a series ever again. I can see myself watching them separately if I am in the mood to watch a specific one, but that’s probably it. I’m just not a huge fan of most of them. I love the core three. I love Luna, I love Snape, and Professor McGonagall is AMAZING. But I have them in my head now and I don’t need to see the films anymore.
Will I read the books again? You betcha. It’s my favorite series and I am going to reread it every couple of years for sure. It’s magical, it holds up, and I didn’t find it any less impressive than it was the first time I read it. In some ways, it was MORE impressive because I know how to appreciate great writing and awesome world-building, and kickass character arcs now.
Thank you for bearing with me through all of this, and maybe enjoying it a little bit. And now maybe you will go reread Harry Potter? I hope I’ve convinced you to do so.