It All Ends… but does it really?

I finally went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 this week and it was amazing!

It was not like watching the other films. Being part 2 of the final installment meant they didn’t really have to build anything up, they just had to do it.

It started with a replay of the last scene of part 1 – that of Voldemort pulling the Elder Wand out of Dumbledore’s grave. Probably just to remind you of what happened last.

But as soon as the movie started, it was just non-stop. I sat there with my hand over my mouth, tears ready to fall and my miniature flakes going uneaten.

Every little part made me want to cry. Only because it was the last Harry Potter, I’ve grown up with the books and then the movies. Harry Potter has been in my life for more than half of it. What is it going to be like with it over?

For the movie itself it was pretty good. The acting and special effects were awesome. Remember back to Philosopher’s Stone where the acting of the Three was just painful? Yeah, it has gotten so much better. Plus, they grew up GOOD.

Surprisingly for already knowing the story, they still managed to get in a few moments of jaw-dropping shock. When Harry was fighting Voldemort, he pulls him into a massive fall. I don’t remember this ever happening in the book, but it was so unexpected. One second they were just standing there, the next, they were in free fall.

It’s this type of action that was throughout the entire movie. There really wasn’t any room for pause.

Even for one of the darkest movies in the series the humour still prevails. When I wasn’t biting my nails anxiously or wiping away that odd tear, I was laughing. Once again there were some amazing one-liners, which brings the light to the movies. All down to the fantastic writing of Steve Kloves, and JK Rowling, once again. The best was definitely between Professor McGonagall and Neville, who by-the-way is now one of the hottest cast members.

Are you really giving us permission to do this?

Yes, Longbottom.

Blow it up? Boom?

BOOM.

Just brilliant.

But I think the best performance has to go to Alan Rickman. He is absolutely superb as Snape, not that he ever does anything less. He was born for the role. It definitely was a teary moment when he was killed.

After 10 years and 8 movies, the Harry Potter series has come to a close. A sad day, but also somewhat joyful to watch. Thanks has to go out to Warner Brothers, the cast and the crew for bringing my favourite boy wizard to life beyond my imagination. And to JK Rowling herself, because without Harry just casually walking into her head one day I would have stopped reading, never started writing my own stuff and probably wouldn’t be where I am today. Harry has inspired so much and saved me many times.

So it’s not really the end. We continue our journey, just without any new adventures.

You’re late for a very important date!

Is anyone else excited as I am about Alice in Wonderland? Not only is it Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, it’s going to be in 3D (Just imagine what they can do while Alice is falling down the rabbit hole? Weird stuff being thrown at your head? Yes please!)

It is also not a remake of the first novel (like the Disney version), but I would assume an adaptation of the second (as I have never read them, I can’t fully vouch for this (It’s one of those I-have-the-books-I-just-haven’t-gotten-round-to-reading-them-yet-because-I-was-saturated-with-the-Disney-version-as-a-kid scenarios.)

Anyway, the Burton adaptation follows Alice as she returns to Wonderland, I think it is 10 years later and many things have changed and she needs to help end the Red Queen’s reign. It has the usual Burton actor line-up – Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter but we also get Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, and Timothy Spall. Is it just me or does the participation of such actors up the anticipation level?

Another thing that is making this movie rather exciting, is the soundtrack. All original songs from some of the biggest names in music today. Check out the track listing:

1. “Alice” by Avril Lavigne
2. “The Poison” by The All-American Rejects
3. “The Technicolor Phase” by Owl City
4. “Her Name Is Alice” by Shinedown
5. “Painting Flowers” by All Time Low
6. “Where’s My Angel” by Metro Station
7. “Strange” by Tokio Hotel and Kerli
8. “Follow Me Down” by 3OH!3 and Neon Hitch
9. “Very Good Advice” by Robert Smith
10. “In Transit” by Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz
11. “Welcome to Mystery” by Plain White T’s
12. “Tea Party” by Kerli
13. “The Lobster Quadrille” by Franz Ferdinand
14. “Running Out of Time” by Motion City Soundtrack
15. “Fell Down a Hole” by Wolfmother
16. “White Rabbit” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Exciting, yes?

It is released here on March 4 and although I would love to go see it immediately, I feel I will wait until I’m up in Auckland for my massive weekend of gig madness so I can see it in 3D. I guess you could say I will be late for a very important date.