Two Cent Halloween

Harry Potter Vol. 2

The shortest movie for the longest book of the entire series! Fifth year has arrived along with new threats and tragedies because JK Rowling doesn’t know how to write a happy story (or a short one).
Voldemort is back in full force and the government is doing everything to spread misinformation about his return. This includes sending Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to take down Dumbledore and implement major tyrannical school reform at Hogwarts.
The Order of the Phoenix is reunited for the looming Second Wizarding War, and Harry recruits his own army at Hogwarts for the upcoming battle.
New challenges arise as Voldemort infiltrates Harry’s mind. Snape tries to help Harry guard his mind, but Voldemort’s too strong and he tricks him into believing Sirius is in danger. He tries to rescue Sirius, but ends up in extreme danger. The Order arrives in time for backup, and Sirius is killed mid-battle. Harry undergoes his biggest challenge yet when Voldemort possesses him and the battle between light and darkness is kicked up a notch!
This is the darkest entry to the series yet and reflects the current state of our government to be completely enjoyable. Umbridge is the worst character imaginable. I hate her worse than Voldemort! To make up for the darkness a bit, there is a ray of sunshine in Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) a strange Ravenclaw student no one knows what to make of! Harry’s fight against Voldemort’s possession is a powerful scene to watch. A great reflection on the fight and contrast between good and evil. This entire movie onwards is not suitable for young children. Proceed with caution when it comes to older ones.
“I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You’re not a bad person. You’re a very good person, who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” ~ Sirius Black

Year six brings a brand new wave of darkness for Harry and his friends. The darkness of Voldemort begins not only to affect the Wizarding World but the Muggle World as well. Voldemort doesn’t make an appearance in this movie, but his Death Eaters wreak enough havoc that his presence isn’t necessary.
A lot of events are squeezed into just over two and a half hours: the Weasley’s house being burnt down, the return of Potions Master Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), Dumbledoredore and Harry’s search for Horcruxes, and still they found ample time to explore all the teenage love drama between Harry and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) and Ron, Hermione, and Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave). (I Dream of Won-Won.)

This movie is darker and not meant for young children, yet they gave it a PG rating. It should’ve been PG-13! I wonder which scenes parents will be most impressed by: Draco bleeding out all over the bathroom floor, Harry being dragged underwater by undead souls, or Dumbledore’s murder. SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!
I’m annoyed they didn’t include the important tidbit about Snape’s mother being a halflblood, and that her maiden name was Prince. That bit of information makes the reveal of Snape as the Halfblood Prince more impactful.
Also the romance between Harry and Ginny feels like it came out of nowhere, nevertheless the movie is still enjoyable even if it misses the mark of being a good book-to-movie adaptation.

It’s the Penultimate movie in the Harry Potter series. Harry, Ron and Hermione skip out on their Seventh Year of Hogwarts. They’re on the run from Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The search for Horcruxes has begun.
The final book of the series, Deathly Hallows, was split into two movies. While a bunch of events take place in part 1, it feels slow and meandering in places particularly all the camping scenes. And the scene in the ministry feels like it takes forever to get through as well.

The best scenes are when Ron destroys a horcrux and when Harry and Hermione dance together. I kinda wish Jo had put those two together instead! It probably has more to do with the chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson than with the characters themselves!

JK Rowling went murder crazy during final part of her story. Deathly Hallows plays like an obituary: Hedwig, Madeye, and Dobby are all killed off. And the dark scenes are ramped up as well. The hardest to watch being hearing Hermione being tortured by Bellatrix (Helena Bonham-Carter) in Malfoy Manor. It’s definitely not somet you want to sit little kids in front of unless you hate them and want to give them nightmares! It only gets worse from here. One more to go!

Before Infinity War, there was Deathly Hallows Part 2. The movie begins where the last one ended: At Dobby’s burial. The hunt for Horcruxes continues and leads Harry, Ron, and Hermione back to Hogwarts. It isn’t long before Voldemort is alerted of their presence and the Battle of Hogwarts begins!

The death toll rises as many fan favorite characters meet their end including Snape, Fred Weasley, Remus, and Tonks to name a few. The search for horcruxes nears its end with only two remaining: Nagini the snake and Harry Potter himself. In order for Voldemort to die, Harry must die first. He heads off to the Forbidden Forest to turn himself over to Voldemort. The scene where Harry is surrounded by his deceased loved ones ALWAYS makes me cry!
With Harry’s death comes the separation between him and Voldemort. After one final talk with Dumbledore, Harry comes back to life to face Voldemort one final time, and with the destruction of his last Horcrux, Nagini, he’s forced to face death as a mortal.
My favorite scenes are Ron and Hermione’s kiss in the Chamber of Secrets, The Forbidden Forest scene, Snape’s Memories, and Molly killing Bellatrix.
This is the darkest movie of the entire franchise. And the saddest. But there’s a bright light at the end of the tunnel, good triumphs over evil like it ALWAYS does!

Professor Albus Dumbledore: Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it. Professor Albus Dumbledore : Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, those who live without love. Professor Albus Dumbledore : Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it. Professor Albus Dumbledore : Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, those who live without love.

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