I have a love/hate relationship with the Harry Potter books, because Rowling is an excellent storyteller but a rather mediocre writer (and I’m being generous here). You can distinctly tell when she started writing with the knowledge that her books would be made into movies. Even so, Harry Potter was a big deal for our generation. The last movie signifies the end of an era. To those of us that grew up with Harry Potter, it means that we are actually adults now (we have been for a few years, but have been in denial).
At the movie, I was one of “those people.” You know, the ones who come wearing wizard robes (really my old graduation robes, and pretty much the only good my degree has actually done for me). Why? Because it is fun, and because I can.
Despite the title of this post, I’ll try not to give too many spoilers, but I’m also going to assume that people have read the book and know what’s happening. The scenes where people die are tastefully done, although perhaps less emotionally charged than in the book. The Snape montage was the best part of the movie, and done in a manner that is superior to the book. With the exception of one scene, the CGI finally is balanced and looks more realistic than in the previous movies. The cinematography is beautiful. All in all, I think that after seven other movies, they finally got it right.