Well guys, I finally went to see Deathly Hallows. I was just getting back from vacation when it came out and didn’t have anyone to see it with, so I wasn’t in a huge rush. Then I decided I would reread the series and rewatch the movies before going. Well, I am certainly not as quick a reader as Jen! As of Friday, I was still working on Order of the Phoenix. By that point, I was getting really impatient, so I skipped movies 5 & 6 and pushed myself to read/listen to Half-Blood Prince and decided I was going to see the movie after that one. I figured the book will always be better, so why not just go back and reread Deathly Hallows after seeing the movie? So that’s what I’m doing.
Anyway, the movie? It’s been a few hours now and I’m just now able to put things into solid thoughts. In short, it was amazing. I wanted to turn around and go see it again, and I don’t generally want to watch something twice in a row. I’m going to see it again in theaters, I think – possibly in 3D. (Anyone else see it in 3D? I figure it’ll be my only chance to.)
My initial thoughts afterward–
– I left the theater feeling a little shaky and very quiet whether from the grief of it all being over, the deaths (Snape in particular) or just low blood sugar (I went at lunchtime). I still haven’t quite figured what I’m feeling, but I suspect it’s largely sadness that it’s all over.
– The whole film is SO emotional! Highlights for me include Harry entering the room in Hogwarts from the picture frame with Neville, McGonagall’s preparing the castle for battle, Snape’s flash of memories, and Harry’s resolve to go to Voldemort & his parents, Remus & Sirius with him. That said, though, I didn’t truly cry at any point. I got teary a lot, but I think since I was in a room full of strangers, I was able to hold it in. I kind of wish I’d had a private screening, so I could really let it out.
– The battle scene & the prep for it was spectacular. I actually was reminded at one point of the huge battle in The Two Towers (even though it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it). I love a good fight where good is outnumbered but makes up for it in spirit.
– McGonagall is so bad-ass in this film. I mean, yes a lot of people are incredible, and I’d heard people say McGonagall and Neville are great, but wow. Another moment where my heart swelled was when everyone was lined up in front of Snape and he’s asking if anyone has anything to say about Harry, when Harry himself steps out. I honestly couldn’t remember if that was in the book, but I kind of loved it. And speaking of Snape and feeling emotional — the scene at the very beginning where he’s standing at the top of the castle looking down at the marching students – OMG was his face not PERFECT knowing everything we know about Snape? Alan Rickman, you ARE Severus Snape.
– The castle being blown up was emotional too. It’s a little like the scene in the book where Harry leaves the Dursleys’ home – like you’re losing a part of your childhood and officially becoming an adult. Only way more dramatic.
I’m sure I’ll have more to say after it’s sunk in a little more. Until then…