Mischief Managed. (Spoilers!)
Last night, like so many of fans of Harry Potter, I went to the midnight premiere of Deathly Hallows Part 2. Before I get into my review of it (by the way, stop reading now if you don’t want spoilers because I’m going to go very deep into detail about the whole movie!)
To start with, me, Abbey, Dalton, Allie and Dalton’s mom got to the theater at 4:40, all of us but Allie were in fully costume. Unfortunately, because the IMAX theater we were seeing it in only has one theater inside, we had to sit outside the whole time in the 100 degree weather. I’m not complaining exactly because it was COMPLETELY worth it but it was also VERY hot and I was VERY sweaty and gross all day. We spent the day talking, laughing, eating and trying to stay cool. They finally let us in the theater at about 10:45 (Even though they were supposed to let us in at 9:45…). Once we finally got in, we took our seats which were probably the best seats we could’ve gotten. Since it was IMAX 3D, we wanted to be pretty far in the back and we only had like 4 rows behind us. Once there was about 15 minutes until the start of the movie, the guy sitting directly in front of me stood up in front of all of us in this huge IMAX theater, and said “Ok well I have something to say. I’m really nervous right now. Um *looks at girl next to him*, this is my best friend, and we’ve gone and seen all of the Harry Potter movies together and, all the posters and commercials say “It All Ends Here” but I’m here to say, I don’t want our relationship to end, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” And he got down on his knee and proposed. Literally I was almost crying before the movie even started, and my group of 15 (At about 10 the rest of our group got there), most of us girls were tearing up. It was adorable. Then, finally the curtain went up. I told myself I was going to try not to cry but I knew it was useless. The movie was perfect in every way. I’ve never seen a movie that close to the book before, of course there were a few changes, but most of them very minor and one change I actually was EXTREMELY happy about. While reading the books, I have always wanted Neville and Luna to get together, and I think a lot of people did, and I’m happy to see, that is one change they made.
For those of you who haven’t seen a movie in IMAX 3d, I definitely suggest it, it was one of the most amazing things ever, yeah, it was a bit frightening at times, especially with Nagini but I loved it! It was like I was there for the final battle of Hogwarts. I made it through most of the movie without crying but absolutely lost it when Snape died. The moment he said to Harry, “You have your mother’s eyes.” and told him to take all of his memories, is when I started crying, then when they showed, Tonks, Lupin and Fred were all dead, that’s when I really lost it the most. My bawling continued until the credits started rolling and especially when they showed “The Prince’s Tale” where you see all of Snape’s memories. Oh my gosh, when Dumbledore realized Snape was still in love with Lily Potter and he said, “After all this time?” and Snape said, “Always.” I just wanted to curl up in a ball and never leave the theater.
Yes, I know it’s probably a bit odd for me to be this emotional about a fictional series that I haven’t even grown up with, but it’s the end. It’ll live in our hearts forever but that’s the last movie. No more midnight premieres, no more dressing up, no more everyone in the theater raising their wands and shouting “WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA!” to raise the curtain. I’m so glad I got to be a part of this fandom for even a short time. It means so much to mean and always will. When I’m old and in a nursing home, someone will see me still reading Harry Potter and they’ll say, “After all this time?” I’ll reply like Snape and say, “Always.