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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 2

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Be warned! Spoilers Ahead!

IT ALL ENDS. Well not really, there is Pottermore coming up in October, so JKR ain’t done milkin’ this cow yet. But back to what would appear to be a graceful conclusion to this decade long saga…

It ALL ENDS. This summer’s biggest blockbuster release – the concluding part of the movie finale to the famous book series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2– hit the theaters with all the associated mania. People lined up in mile long queues, dressed up in costumes, bought back to back tickets for the same movie and did a whole bunch of crazy stuff. Well, did the movie live up to the hype – I think yes!

I really looked forward to HP Part 2, not so much as it was the end of all the drama, but because I was really impressed by Part 1 and was quite eager to say how the rest of the more action packed half of the story will play out on the big screen. I oddly did felt a bit sentimental about it (though I was more emotional when the last book came out) and wanted to watch this quietly so decided to give the cinema a wide berth on the premier weekend. I waited for a week after the release and decided to catch an afternoon show. The wait paid off, I got excellent seats and an almost empty theater.

Now on to the movie – the first thing that hits you is the scale – everything is larger, darker, scarier and better. Every character has a permanent expression of impending doom on their face, except for Voldemort, who shows signs of megalomaniacal happiness. The whole movie can be basically seen as sum three segments of :

Now on to the movie – the first thing that hits you is the scale – everything is larger, darker, scarier and better. Every character has a permanent expression of impending doom on their face, except for Voldemort, who shows signs of megalomaniacal happiness. The whole movie can be basically seen as sum three segments of :

  1. Harry, Hermoine and Ron continue their journey to find the remaining Horcruxes.  A brilliant scene to watch out for – Hermoine impersonating Lestrange (excellent performance by Helena Carter) that really lightens the otherwise dark movie.
  2. Battleof Hogwarts – Very soon, the trio are in Hogwarts, and its here almost after 20 minutes into the movie, where the action really begins. It is also at this moment and onwards, that this movie truly belongs to Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry. I have always thought Radcliffe to be a bit of a wooden faced actor – but I think he really shows off his stuff here. He was extremely convincing in this intense performance – without the usual support of stronger adult actors in the same frame. Even Rupert Grint and Emma Watson had very little role in the final movie
  3. Harry Vs. Voldemort – This is the most crucial part of the story and the logical conclusion to all those years of adventure, pain and sacrifice. The first confrontation was perfect – exactly as I had imagined it. My all time favorite scenes from this were the “after death” conversation with Dumbledore and the scene where Harry sees his parents. The second and final confrontation left lot to be desired. In the book, this is an extremely important “coming of age” scene for Harry where he finally confronts Voldemort in front of everybody but without their help in a very classic “just you and me in this till one of us dies” scene. The movie took away the grandness of the scene by making it a very long chase through Hogwarts, a random free fall and the final confrontation which NO ONE WAS WATCHING

So did I cry – not really? I did get misty eyed a couple of times. However, I did so cheer for Hogwarts when the armored men came to life and formed a battalion against Voldemort’s men.  This scene looked and felt so much better than what it was in the book. And I felt so proud when Neville stood up to Voldemort and then killed Nagini – he has come such a long way!

I thought it was a pretty good movie – but I believe Part 1 was way better. There was something subtle and classy about it that just did not pull through to the second half.


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Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

3 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 2

  1. True, pottermore makes it alive forever.. oh no! a real life horcrux!

  2. Aha so you’ve finally posted your review. Well I was not misty-eyed until the scene where Harry meets his deceased parents before leaving for Voldy’s lair. But the whole experience of watching this film was momentous…a long wait that finally ended and ended it all. I’m not sure if I’d dig into Pottermore but for me maybe the journey ends here. 🙂

  3. @Jeyna – That’s hilarious and yes, thanks for visiting!

    @Zoya – Yes, I am just curious from a technology point of view of what “pottermore” means in the world of digital publishing – but otherwise – this journey is quite over for me too.

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