I guarantee that 95% of people who saw the title of this post automatically thought these exact two words somewhere in their minds: Harry Potter. And guess what? If this is what your immediate cognitive response was, you are 100% correct. This morning, July 15th, 2011 at 12:00 a.m., I witnessed the last Harry Potter movie of this epic saga; the media seems to like calling it “the end of an era”. Are you ready for a confession? I’ve never read or seen any of the HP books or movies in my life. About 75% of you reading this just gasped in horror, but it is nonetheless true. The rest of my family has kept up with the journey, but alas, I never caught on to it. I’m sure things would have turned out differently if I hadn’t fallen asleep during the first movie – shame on my 7 year old self. However, I knew I had to perform my duty as a bucket lister and attend the biggest midnight premiere of the summer, if not of this year… besides, Breaking Dawn doesn’t come out until November (just kidding!). Therefore, Maggi and I knew what we had to do. I bought the tickets in advance (on Tuesday), thank goodness. Armed with iced coffee, Hot Tamales, Reese’s Pieces, and a box of donuts, we arrived at 11:05, and the sheer chaos was blinding. The entire theater lobby was packed, from the ticket booth to the concessions to the doors of the theater. After much pushing and sweat, we made it to our seats… then the movie began.
Keep in mind, my opinion is that of a person who has never had much exposure to the realm of witchcraft and wizardry, just enough to know the main characters and a few major details. Here is my final verdict: it was very, very good, which in my book qualifies as fantastic. To be quite honest, I didn’t really need to see the previous films to get the gist of the plot. Of course, at the beginning I was a little overwhelmed, but as I eased my way into it, I felt the excitement that everyone else was feeling. When others cheered, you couldn’t help but cheer along with them. *Spoiler Alert* My favorite part was when the red-headed mom started protecting her kids, not only because of the moment on-screen, but because of the moment shared by the audience. Oh, and I also really liked the very ending (I won’t give it away). I will point out, however, I felt that some parts could have been more thought-out. I can’t think of them right now, and I should have written them down to give a more thorough review, but for now I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that I’m inexperienced in the logistics of it all… and since it’s 3 o’clock in the morning. Overall, I’d say it was well worth it… but now I’m going to have to go watch the rest of them.
Love & Summer,