I don’t even know why I’m bothering to review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. It’ll only make sense to fans who have read all the books and/or seen all the movies, and said fans will not need any encouragement to see this final installment. But even if it’s not needed, I’ll encourage away: HP7 Part Two was above and beyond all expectations. I won’t specify, because every last detail was perfect; suffice it to say that as soon as Hedwig’s theme started playing and the credits started rolling, I shouted at the screen (jokingly, of course) “Play it again!” I’ll be going back a second time this week to see it in 3D.
No, the purpose of this post was not truly to review the film; it was to say what all Potter fans are likely thinking now that they’ve seen the last movie: What the heck do I do now? Well, of course we’ll all be reading the books and seeing the movies again. There’s Universal Resorts’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, if we’re so inclined. We can go and get our pictures taken at the Platform 9 3/4 photo-op in King’s Cross Station in London. And, of course, come October, we’ll all be spending our days on Pottermore.
Nevertheless, there is a certain emptiness that comes with the last movie coming out, because since 1997, when the first Harry Potter book came out, there’s always been something new in the series to look forward to. Now, in the summer of 2011, the final movie is out and the grand saga is over. No, let me amend that: I prefer to say it is complete. The saga is complete, but as long as we continue to read and watch and experience Potter, it is never over.