I've cried through previews and interviews for months now so I knew that the first time I saw the movie it was going to be rough. I was extremely lucky to win tickets to a pre-screening last night and it was even more brutal than I thought it was going to be. Even though it was brutal, I LOVED this movie. I went in with really high expectations and they were blown out of the water. The movie is non-stop, can't-catch-your-breath action. Mix the action of the battle with the emotional roller coaster that takes place and I was a mess!!
I won't go into specifics because I don't want to post spoilers but every moment that I loved from the book is in this movie. Every moment that made me cheer out loud while reading made me (and the entire audience) cheer when it happened in the movie. Every moment that ripped my heart out in the book is there. Seeing these actors, who so beautifully play these beloved characters, act out these heart wrenching moments induced serious ugly crying. At one point in the movie I was crying so hard that my friend Rae said to me "Amy, you've got to breathe!" I've been emotional all day as my mind wanders back over the movie. I wish that there was some way I could personally thank J.K. Rowling, each actor, the director, the producers and anyone else involved in this movie for doing all they could to make it perfect. It's obvious that everyone involved has great love and respect for this series and its fans because of the product that they have created.
I've been pondering these books and movies quite a bit the last little while as I've been preparing for the final movie. There are so many themes and messages in each individual book but for me the overwhelming message of the whole series is love. Love for self, family, friends and beliefs. This isn't a love that stops bad things from happening, Jo isn't afraid to let bad things happen to her characters, but in the end love conquers all evil. Two quotes that I feel really express my feelings about the whole series are:
"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love." ~Albus Dumbeldore
"You're the weak one. And you'll never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you." ~Harry PotterAt the London premiere, J.K. Rowling said exactly what every Harry Potter fan needed to hear- "The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." This video montage is perfect way to wrap up my thoughts on this amazing movie and book and movie series as a whole.
ps- I saw the movie in 3D, which I wouldn't recommend because it hurt my head, but I did get to keep the really cool glasses so it did have its perks.