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Review: Harry Potter

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J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary deg...

JK Rowling (Photo by sjhillI via Wikipedia)

I, along with most of the world, have been waiting for this movie for 10 years.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split into two movies, one released last November, and the second half released Thursday night.  AMC Theatres was doing a double feature, so I decided to dress like Hermione and go to the theatre and watch both movies back to back.  That was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Director David Yates makes no real effort to catch the viewer up on anything.  I guess he figures if you haven't seen the rest of the movies, you shouldn't be seeing this one.  Part 2 jumps in exactly where Part 1 left off, which is right after Harry and his crew have narrowly escaped the Malfoy home and buried Dobby the House Elf, who didn't quite make it out.  From there begins a two-hour climax.  This movie was pure action from beginning to end, starting with Harry, Ron, and Hermione breaking into the extremely secure Gringotts Bank and ending with the final battle of Hogwarts and Harry's battle with Voldemort. 

JK Rowling
's book was not without its problems, and some of those were improved on by Yates.  I never quite understood why she decided that destroying parts of Voldemort's soul would have no effect on him, but alas, the movie fixes that.  The only real complaint that I have, and the only one I can see anyone having, is the length.  It is the shortest of all 8 films, with a run time of just over 2 hours, and feels a little rushed at times.  This is the end of the story my generation grew up with, and we don't really get to relish in it as much as I'd like.  Some key elements are changed, but that is true of every single one of the films, so I think fans should be used to that by now.

Despite straying from the original text a little and rushing through parts of the battle, I was in no way disappointed with this movie.  Thursday night was also a great experience, more than anything.  I was in a sold-out theater for 5 hours with a group of people who were crying and cheering  like I have never seen for a film before.  There may not ever be another Harry Potter film, but there's no way it will ever really be over.

Recently, Daniel Radcliffe sat down to discuss how he was feeling at the end of the series.