Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two is the end of an era. Any way you look at it, J.K. Rowling has touched the lives of millions. We at IHOGeek have also been captured by this spell and here is how it touched some of us.
Leia aka ladyvader99
I could burst into tears thinking about the journey I’ve taken with Harry Potter in my bag.
I picked up the Sorcerer’s Stone at the urging of my then ten-year old sister and became enamored of this entire universe J.K. Rowling had created. We’re now both in our 20’s and bought tickets to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two a whole four hours early through my job at Keith’s Comics. It’s an emotional ride, one full of the emptiness of knowing there’s nothing left and full of joy at seeing it brought to life. As usual, there were tidbits left out but everything I wanted to see was there. This last installment was a smoother ride than the last, and once the opening credits rolled, it didn’t stop until the end. I enjoyed the final performances by the three main actors and i reveled in Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape. Conflicted, tortured, determined and full of love, Snape is the hero.
The scenes involving his memories and the bits of story we’d been missing were fantastic. Our entire theater room was full of sniffles and in my case, quiet sobs. It wasn’t a perfect movie, but it was damn close. I enjoyed the battle sequences and how they focused more on the witch/wizard fighting it but I had hoped for something epic like the Lord of the Rings. The soundtrack was amazing and cheers were heard through the room as big moments happened, like Neville’s last hurrah and Bellatrix vs. Molly Weasley happened onscreen. Oddly enough…the prologue which i LOVED in the books seemed cheesy on-screen and the actors looked like they were playing dress up. Not their finest but I think the majority of Potter fans would have protested if it wasn’t included. I’d give this movie a 9/10 as I did in this interview for Channel 11:
Leia on her Harry Potter experience for Channel 11: http://news.yahoo.com/video/dallascbs11-15750646/fans-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-harry-potter-25947409.html
Kaitlyn aka deadrabbit92
As I sat with the closing credits approaching the final curtain call, I’m brought to a sort of pensive-gazing reflection as I embarrassingly but admittedly sobbed onto my Slytherin tee. I recall being dragged to the first film; I ignorantly dismissed it to likely be girlish Disney-esque fluff. Within 24 hours of walking out of the theater, I owned books 1-3. Who could forget the Sherlock-harkening investigative debates over Snape’s allegiances, lumos-igniting livid factions now extinct and long answered. Where were you when Dumbledore died? All these magical memories intermingled with the milestones of approaching maturity, mirrored so magnificently by the escalating adulthood of the books. Then just like that, I found myself illuminated with a patronus-like epiphany. Harry finally grew up… meaning so did we.
In the culmination of so much lengthy emotional investment, whole generations essentially graduated alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Fictional classmates became the paralleling backdrop to the very real lives of so many young adult readers during that difficult period of adolescent discovery. Treated like a troll by your teacher? Cliques segregating you out like mudbloods? Manhandled by your own personal Malfoy? Many found public schooling to be a horribly enduring horcrux of inescapability…but now we could turn to an alternative education within the pages of Potter. The greatest spell Rowling wrote was the transporting talent to immerse you within somehow recognizable but yet otherworldly escapism. Even the greatest of Harry hatred must celebrate the ending crowning achievement. Millions of video game era children spring-boarded into the school of imaginative reading!
Throughout our adventure, our heroes have made life-altering sacrifices and unlocked memorable mysteries, but so long as you never forget the life-alterations they had on you…nothing ever really ends. We all won the proverbial house cup, given the reward of contemporary mythology – the kind that everlastingly carries forever onward from generation to generation. So here, at our Hogwarts graduation, I think it important that we place inside our Rememberall one fact we seem to all have forgotten. Within the almighty word lay timeless magic! The boy who lived…will never die.