My two oldest kids and I saw a free movie screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures) on Monday. It’s the eighth and final movie in the Harry Potter series. In the second part of Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s remaining horcruxes. Their quest eventually leads the three friends back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While there, Voldemort and his evil minions launch an epic attack on Hogwarts. In the end, it’s Harry against Voldemort. Part two of the Deathly Hallows has a faster pace and a lot more action (compared to part one). Bottom line: my muggle kids and I love the movie. If you enjoyed the first seven Harry Potter movies, you should like this one as well. And you would be crazy to skip the final movie if you have already seen the first seven Harry Potter movies. The movie is rated PG-13 (probably for the violence because I don’t recall any bad language). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 will be at theaters this Friday, July 15th.
Here are five things you should know about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2:
Pay to see the 3D version
If you or your kids are big Harry Potter fans, I would suggest seeing the 3D version. I don’t think the 3D effects were spectacular, but the 3D version does come with Harry Potter glasses. [Update: according to a reader, the Potter 3D glasses are only given away at the free promo screenings, “normal” people won’t get them.] Now, you and your kids can look like Harry Potter with sunglasses. I assume you can keep these 3D glasses instead of recycling them in the box at the theater. Even though you can reuse them for watching other 3D movies, I just don’t see theaters reissuing the Harry Potter 3D glasses for a different movie. Note: you can use them as sunglasses, but they don’t offer any ultraviolet light protection.
Harry Potter is a Jedi, and Voldemort is a Sith
The final wand battle between Harry and Voldemort reminded me of the lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The main differences are who won, and the glow colors of the wands/lightsabers. In Deathly Hallows, red is the color of Good and green is the color of Evil. In contrast, green is the color of Good and red is the color of Evil in Star Wars.
Take a pee at King’s Cross station
This Harry Potter movie is about 130 minutes long. If you or your kids need to take a restroom break, I would go right after Voldemort casts the Killing Curse at Harry (around the 90-100 minute mark). During the next five to ten minutes, Harry is in a limbo-like state between life and death at King’s Cross station.
You can see part two if you have not seen part one
It would be a good idea to see the first part of Deathly Hallows before you see the second part. An even better idea would be to read all the Harry Potter books first (there are more details in the books, and you’ll have an easier time understanding the movie). However, if you have to take the kids, you can still follow the second part without watching the first part. This is what you need to know:
In part one, Lord Voldemort (bad dude) had taken over the wizarding world. His reign of terror forced Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to hide while they hunt down horcruxes, which Voldemort used to become immortal. The key to defeating Voldemort is to find and destroy all the horcruxes. Harry and his friends found a horcrux, but couldn’t figure out how to destroy it until they also found the Sword of Gryffindor. Unfortunately, the three of them are captured. Dobby, a free house elf, recused them but is killed in the process. Meanwhile, Voldemort broke into Dumbledore’s tomb and took the Elder Wand, which is an unbeatable wand.
It’s a good thing this is the last Harry Potter movie
The stars of the movie are Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). Maybe it’s just me, but Harry and some of the Hogwarts students don’t look like kids anymore. Over the past decade, they have grown up before our eyes. The film also features Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape), Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley), Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour), Warwick Davis (Griphook / Professor Filius Flitwick), John Hurt (Ollivander), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Graham Duff (Death Eater), Anthony Allgood (Gringotts Guard), Rusty Goffe (Gringotts Goblin), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Kelly Macdonald (Helena Ravenclaw), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney), Geraldine Somerville (Lily Potter), Adrian Rawlins (James Potter), Miriam Margolyes (Professor Pomona Sprout), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey), George Harris (Kingsley Shacklebolt), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), Julie Walters (Molly Weasley), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), and Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley). The film was directed by David Yates (also directed the three previous Harry Potter movies).