After 10 years and eight movies and roughly 20 hours of film, the Harry Potter movie saga has ended. That’s a long time to tell the story of a young boy wizard and his struggle to defeat an evil old wizard.
I mean, Luke Skywalker took down both Darth Vader and the Emperor of the Evil Galactic Republic in three movies. And he was just a hick farmboy from Tatooine when he started out. (OK, now that I think on it, Vader took down the Emperor while Luke just laid there getting blasted, but it was Luke who convinced Vader to switch sides, so…point stands.)
I realize this is a hard time for many of you. I sympathize with your loss. I just don’t feel your pain. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed the Harry Potter movies — for the most part I have — I’m just not that into them.
So where were we? Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are looking for the remaining horcruxes — whatever they are — so they can bring down mean ol’ Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Meanwhile, Voldy has acquired the Wand of Ultimate Power.
From here, well…I’ll be honest, I lost the plot of this series about four movies back. To me it’s all just one big scavenger hunt where the kids go looking for something, then they find they need something else, and they go to someone for help and no one gives them a straight answer but they figure it out anyway and then they have to kill the snake and there’s always something new that has to be killed or destroyed and then there’s the magic sword that keeps appearing out of nowhere and who is this nerdy Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) and why did he suddenly become such a major player in the end? And where’s Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) through all this? Oh, there he is. When was he captured by the bad guys?
I’m sure it all makes sense to the millions who have read and memorized the books, but for muggles like me it’s an incoherent mess.
But a well-acted and well-produced mess, I must admit. There’s not much new to be said about the acting talent. The kids have grown into their roles over the last decade and the relationships between them certainly feel real. The adults are some of the finest actors the UK has produced, so you can count on them.
It was good to see several characters get a chance to shine, especially Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), whom I had almost forgot was in this series. Pretty much the entire cast of thousands get at least an appearance.
The special effects continue to be first-rate. The bank vault scene with the dragon was nifty and the fire demons were impressive and the Battle for Hogwarts — while a little too “Lord of the Rings” — also delivered the goods. There’s also a Train Station of White Light scene that was a little too “Matrix.”
At the end of the day, this is all I can really say for certain that I understand about “Harry Potter.” Harry — good. Voldemort — bad. Hermione and Ron are Harry’s sidekicks. Alan Rickman is so awesome.
Did it work for me? Despite my general state of confusion, I thought “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” was a fine send-off for the series. It’s definitely the most action-packed.
Did the 3D work for me? No, the 3D adds nothing to the movie. I couldn’t even particularly tell it was in 3D.
The 3D glasses they were giving out at the screening were shaped like Harry Potter glasses, if that appeals to you. Of course, those glasses may not be available at all locations so call ahead if that’s the only reason you’re going 3D.