Two of a Kind: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″—What’s life going to be like A.H. (After Harry)? by Mattie Mould

Posted on July 17, 2011

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There are three basic ways that the last Harry Potter film could be viewed; in complete confusion if you’ve never read the books, in excitement and awe if you have, and through tears if you’re a complete fanatic. I chose the third method and I had to watch it a second time through just to see the parts I missed through my tear-clouded eyes.

Another EPIC poster for HP7 P2

It’s the end of an era and I can’t help but agree with some of the comments I heard when I left the cinema after the midnight viewing on July 13th: “What are we going to look forward to now?”. Speaking on behalf of the Harry Potter nerds of our generation, I have to admit that a small part of my life is now in a state of confusion and fear. There are no more books to line up for, no more movies to buy tickets in advance for and no more DVD special features to watch.

Perhaps it’s a good thing that we can now focus our attention on uni, school or work, but perhaps it isn’t. Harry Potter has been the talking-point and uniting force behind most of our teen lives, it represents a moment in history when children of the technological age actually loved reading and I know it will be sorely missed.

CHEST HAIR!! L-R: Radcliffe, Watson and Grint

With this point made, I do have some small criticisms of the film. Primarily the lameness of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ginny’s (Bonnie Wright) kiss. In every movie that they have had a big passionate moment (built up by the music and the occasion) they’ve really let the team down. They could definitely learn a thing or two about snogging from Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), whose Chamber-of-Secrets-smooch catalysed a huge round of applause in the cinema.

There were also several considerable changes made from the book, which left a few people scratching their heads (namely those who never read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – shame on you). Through the whole movie I wondered when the issue of Dumbledore’s past would come to light, or when Aberforth would explain the mirror that brought Dobby to Harry’s aid. More puzzling still was Hermione’s sudden ability to ride a broomstick when leaving the Room of Requirement, or how Luna knew Helena Ravenclaw would help Harry find the diadem Horcrux. It was a wild ride for those who came unprepared.

A photo of the epilogue scene...

Of course it wouldn’t be magical if some questions weren’t left unanswered, and it’s fair to say that almost every movie has been made with the assumption that the audience is well-versed in the books. For any faults that could be found, the amazing moments that studded the entire movie more than made up for them. Most important of which involved Neville’s ability to fight evil while wearing a cardigan.

So now we have to get on with our lives, or wait for this mysterious “Pottermore”, which I’m slightly nervous about. Although we can only speculate on this upcoming web-based phenomenon, I’m not entirely sure it’s a great idea. It might be the equivalent to Harry and Ginny’s second child being named “Albus Severus Potter”…basically it might just be one step too far. We can only wait to find out.

Badass...

But thanks J.K.Rowling, for making Hogwarts as real as possible. Although I don’t think I’ll ever forgive you for killing off a twin. That’s just not cool.

What do you think of Mattie’s take on the end of the Harry Potter era? What will you do A.H.? Let us know in comments.

Mattie Mould is a contributor to You’re Dripping Egg, who has made a veritable YDE controversy with her Comment on Leash-Babies. For the companion to this “Two of a Kind” article, click here

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