Avada Kedavra...It all ends! The killing curse has a kind of finality that comes with a sadness we can all share. While, the ending of Harry Potter is long-anticipated, it still somehow feels like we're losing our best friend.
For 10 years, we have let Harry Potter into our lives with an unconditional acceptance. Now it's time to watch them one last time on the big screen, but the memories will live on forever.
We have followed Harry, Ron, and Hermione starting with their meeting on a train in 2001 and have been captivated by their adventures ever since. They have grown as people and character from the 11-year-old misfits to the heroes of the wizarding world and we've been right by their side the entire way.
The epic conclusion has a maturity and bold confidence that has grown, along with the actors - and many of us have grown up alongside them.
By the time an eighth film in one of the most successful series of all times comes around, it's all about the fans and a celebration of their dedication and love.
The hype surrounding the film speaks for itself. The franchise has cultivated passionate followers that will take this journey with Harry right to the end.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 wastes no time getting right into the action. The epic saga concludes with more intense action, emotion, sadness, and ultimately contentment, than we could have ever hoped for.
The filmmakers, lead in recent years by director David Yates, have been working up to this moment for years and now it's time to celebrate. Time to celebrate the life, the journey, the friendships, and ultimately the entertainment.
We find Harry, Ron, and Hermione continuing on their journey to find Horcruxes. They begin their final mission in Gringott's bank and once they reach Bellatrix's vault, the action doesn't stop. They finally find themselves back where they started - at Hogwarts - where they must defend their school and the entire wizarding community against the evil Voldemort (Raph Fiennes).
As they find and destroy more pieces of Voldemort's soul, we see the dark wizard's pain as he hurdles closer to his ultimate doom.
Wrapped up nicely between the action sequences and urgent desperation to live, are little scenes of humanity, which help piece the movie together into a perfect package. Unbelievable special effects bring every corner of Rowling's imagination to life - no detail is left unturned.
In a film as hyped as this one, pacing and excitement is absolutely essential - and the audiences is never let down. From the clever quips (Professor McGonagall has some awesome one-liners) to the long-awaited kiss between Ron and Hermione, there's never a dull moment.
The struggle Harry endures as he watches his friends sacrifice themselves in order to protect him - and ultimately makes the decision to become the final sacrifice - is real and poignantly displayed by an amazing performance by Daniel Radcliffe.
All the characters - dead or alive - are back to guide Harry to his final destiny - cheering him on or helping in the fight. It's great to see old favorites play a pivotal role - Professor Dumbledore returns to give Harry some final guidance and, in a truly touching scene, Professor McGonagall welcomes Harry back to the only home he's ever known.
The boy who lived proves to have staying power in our hearts, and while Voldemort's attempt to live forever is unsuccessful, the Harry Potter series will last for generations to come.
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