The One Where I Compare the End of Harry Potter to the End of The Truman Show…

This is my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  If you have not seen it and you still read my post, then you are officially a dumdum and I will not be held accountable for any spoilers that you see.

You have been warned.

I also appreciate that this IS a blog specifically for my travels…so please excuse the one Harry Potter related post.  If we’re going to be serious…this is THE Harry Potter post.  It’s the end.  So it’s important to me.  Period.


So for those of you who have seen The Truman Show, I’d like you to compile all of the reactions from the end of that movie.  When Truman walks out the door.  The two old ladies hug, the guy in the bathtub splashes around a bit, Sylvia gets off her butt and runs out the door to greet Truman on the flip side, Cristophe is coming to realize that his life is over, and the two security guards?  “Well…wanna see what else is on?  Where’s the TV guide.”

THAT is how I felt about the last Harry Potter movie.

I went in expecting excellence.  I went in KNOWING that they had changed things.  Knowing that they had messed with my favorite scene.  KNOWING that I might come out disappointed on the other side.  And yet, it didn’t keep me from seeing it.  In fact, it didn’t keep me from seeing it twice in six hours.  Hell, I’d go see it again.

After two viewings, I really only miss one thing.  The entire story about Arianna and the Dumbledore’s.  I think it was important in developing Dumbledore as a character and developing Harry mentally to make the correct decision regarding going back to the woods after he’s “died.”  The entire story of Arianna and learning to question his mentors is what helps Harry learn to make his own decisions in the first place.  I mean, when it comes down to it…the entire movie is about independence.  The ability to make your own CHOICE.

So yeah, I missed that.

Other than that?  I’m perfectly content.  I’ve heard people bitching about some of the “crappy magic”…some minor scenes were cut.  Specifically, I’ve heard people complaining about the lack of Fred’s death, Collin’s death, a lack of explanation about the Carrows and the entire Ravenclaw Common Room scene missing.

My response for each of these is this: WHO CARES!  Those scenes were NOT necessary.  Sure.  They might have been fun.  But they filled in the gaps without those scenes being needed.  We didn’t NEED to see Fred die.  We saw him dead.  He died during the battle.  We don’t need a blow by blow.  Collin hasn’t really been mentioned by name since the second movie.  I’m actually GLAD that they didn’t bring him back.  And on that note, I’m really glad that Kreacher wasn’t in this movie either…because there’s no way in hell that an audience could have an emotional connection to a house elf that they’ve only mentioned once in passing before.  With regards to the Carrows…what more do you need to know?  They torture students.  Yeah.  The trip to the Ravenclaw Common Room wasn’t necessary…because Harry already knew of the diadem and Snape already knew he was at Hogwarts (as did the rest of the world).

One thing I was confused about, however…was why the DA was in the Room of Requirement if they were still attending classes.  That wasn’t explained well at all.

HOWEVER!  I’m SO GLAD that they covered up and explained how Snape knew where to find the trio when they were in the Forrest of Dean.  I was wondering how they were going to play off that gaping plot hole.  Having Aberforth tell Dobby who then told Snape (I assume…) is a handy way to cover up the lack of Phineus Nigellus (not that ANYONE missed him XD).


I’ll just go ahead and say it now.  Everyone’s thinking it.  McGonagall is a mother effin BAD ASS.  o.o  While she didn’t directly run through Hogwarts with an army of enchanted desks screaming “CHARGE” as she does in the book, she performs her job admirably and I was soooo cheering for her throughout the entire thing.

Next step on the badassery scale goes to Neville.  Cause he got hot.  SURPRISE!  Uhhh, yeah.  You stab that snake Neville.  xD  I think my favorite Neville moment is when he’s standing on the bridge and the entire army runs up…and he stands there and starts taunting them.  Bahahah!

Then there were the somewhat funny/slightly ridiculous moments.  You know what I’m talking about.  I’m just WAITING for a graphic to pop up online of Voldemort giving Draco a hug with the comment “Free hugs!”.  Or the ridiculous flying robes?  I mean, sure.  He’s a master of all kinds of magic…he can even hem his own clothing and everything!  And I still haven’t decided why Harry decided that jumping off the side of a tower while clinging to Voldemorts’ face was a good idea.  Last question.  Did anyone else get the impression that he was totally going to jump off the bridge at the end?  I KNOW I wasn’t alone in thinking “Don’t do it!  It’s not worth it!” >_>


I feel I should finish up with the crying moments in the movie.  I’m not an extremely emotional person when it comes to seeing movies.  Sure, I get excited.  I squee.  I clap and cheer with the best of them.  But I’m also a heartless bitch.  I have NEVER cried during a Harry Potter movie…until now.

Not only that…but I cried THREE SEPARATE TIMES in the first showing and AGAIN in the second showing.  Now…maybe it’s just cause I’m partial to Snape?  But every time we heard his story and see him sobbing, cradling Lily’s dead body?

My eyes welled up, my cousin started sniffling, and the waterworks began.

All in all, I was EXTREMELY pleased with this movie.  I walked out feeling content…proud that I had been a part of this era.  I felt like splashing around in a bath tub because good prevailed and triumphed over evil.  I felt like hugging my best friend because I was proud of the characters as if they were my own children.  I felt like rubbing my eyes in silence because the end meant this part of my life was over.  I felt like throwing on my purse and running out of the theater to go talk about it with other people.  These mixed feelings are bottled for now…but will definitely be revealed in the not-too-distant future.

Honestly, I know everyone else is thinking the same question.  “Now what?”  All I can say is ” What’s comin’ will come and we’ll meet it when it does.”  Epicness like this doesn’t typically happen twice in a lifetime.  I would be overjoyed to experience something like Harry Potter again.  So, I reiterate.  “What will come will come and we’ll meet it when it does.”  Until then, “In case I don’t see yah…good afternoon, good evening, and good night.”



P.S.  If none of that made sense…go watch The Truman Show and educate yourself.  >_>

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Obtained my Master's in Film, Television and Screen Media in London, England. Now working as a small-group travel coordinator. Nice to meet you!

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