Year Seven, Part Two (aka movie 7B) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (2011), Running Time: 2:10
10:10pm: OK everyone, this is why we're here. "Deathly Hallows, Part 2" hits DVD and Blu-ray this Friday. And you gotta snatch it. Even the lenticular cover is really cool. It all ends here.
10:16pm: Quickie recap of the last moments of part 1. Tomb, Voldemort, Elder Wand, boom! We're off and running.
10:17pm: Hogwarts looks like a really sucky place. Dementors hanging about, Snape in charge, students marching in army-tight formation. Look what you've done, Severus.
10:19pm: Harry and Griphook have a brief conversation about the sword of Gryffindor and getting into Gringotts bank. Then, across the hall, they have an equally brief convo with Olivander about the Elder Wand. From here on in, it's non-stop, rock-em, sock-em climactic final battle. It's actually quite exhausting.
10:28pm: More polyjuice potion shenanigans as the kids break into Gringotts bank. One last time: They really don't have any kind of test for this?
10:33pm: Hermione tries accio horcrux inside the vault. Come now, Ms. Granger. This isn't first year any more.
10:36pm: The children escape by flying up out of the vaults on a guard-dragon. When it plunges through the floor of the bank and out the glass dome ceiling, oh now it's on.
10:42pm: At this point, the search for the Horcruxes starts to feel less the point and more of a vehicle getting everyone toward the final battle. Even Aberforth Dumbledore's appearance is less interesting than it otherwise might have been earlier in the series. Now we just want the mano a mano action.
10:48pm: Interesting to see Nevile Longbottom sort of in charge back at Hogwarts all of a sudden. This is the kid who could barely pass first year charms.
10:50pm: Snape, in his least impressive scene in the whole movie, demands to know the whereabouts of Potter et al. But as soon as he's faced with any resistance, he flies out the window.
10:54pm: The Dark Lord infiltrates everyone's mind with a public address announcement simultaneously. That's why he's the man.
10:56pm: Plot continuity error here? Potter was wearing Gryffindor robes, then he wasn't.
10:57: McGonagall's best line of the series. After bringing the school's stone statues to life, she gleefully squeals, "I've always wanted to use that spell!"
11:01pm: Voldemort's forces are impressively assembled on the cliffs above Hogwarts. Final battle starts..... now!
11:07pm: Ron & Hermione kill another Horcrux in the chamber of secrets, which promptly erupts with a tidal wave of water. Suddenly they too erupt and we get the romantic embrace we've been waiting 10 years for. Admit it, you cheered in the theater.
11:14pm: Worth noting that not only is the action finally gloves off in this last movie, but the special effects are really quite good in this one. Every curse is crystal clear. When Harry and Malfoy duel in (read: incinerate) the Room of Requirement, you can nearly feel the heat on your face.
11:18pm: One Diadem plus one Basilisk fang equals another Horcrux down. Horcrux headcount! I see two left.
11:21pm: The scene at the castle is everything you'd hope for in a final battle. Giants, Death Eaters, Dementors and all lot of magical creatures about. Including, ugh, one last unnecessary shot of those accursed giant spiders.
11:23pm: Snape and the Dark Lord discuss the newish concept of wand ownership/authority down at the boathouse. And since Snape killed Dumbledore, the Elder Wand won't fully serve Voldemort. "Only I can live forever," he hisses, and Nagini goes to work. It's odd that Voldemort wouldn't use a simple, straightforward killing curse here. Much more reliable to take possession of the Elder Wand.
11:26pm: Harry quickly preserves Snape's tears in a vial. Of course Hermione has a vial on her person, which wasn't crushed during the battle.
11:27pm: "You have your mother's eyes." Bye, Snape. I never fully understood you.
11:28pm: "Harry Potter...Join me in the forbidden forest and confront your fate." That sounds like a good idea.
11:30pm: One of the Weasley twins didn't make it. Potter is moved to confront the Dark Lord, but first a quick stop at the Pensieve to basically explain Snape and Dumbledore's true motives.
11:42pm: Harry's still got the golden snitch, which opens to reveal the Resurrection Stone. The spirits of James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin appear to comfort Harry on his last steps to death. Even though they're not returned from the dead, they are sort of available now.
11:46pm: "The boy who lived, come to die." Love it. Avada Kedavra!
11:47pm: Harry finds himself in a bright, dream-like train station. This whole bit reminded me of one of the "Matrix" movies. In that its quite a trip that we aren't really meant to understand fully.
11:52pm: Narcissa Malfoy checks on Harry and proclaims that he's dead when in fact he's not. This lie, it turns out, saves her and her family later on. Why no one else seemed to catch on is unclear. But it's certain that the resurrection stone was not in use. But the part of Harry that was Voldemort's soul/Horcrux has been destroyed. Yeesh. Everyone got that?
11:58pm: Nevile Longbottom gives an inspiring speech to the assembled group of survivors and Harry decides this is the moment to not be dead anymore. Oh look, sword of Gryffindor! Death Eaters retreat left and right.
12:01am: Voldemort vs. Harry vs. Nagini. But amid the slo-mo carnage, Longbottom and the sword of Gryffindor wake up.
12:02am: Line of the entire series from Mrs. Weasley. "Not my daughter, you bitch!" Then she totally works over Bellatrix.
12:03am: Hey I just realized it's Monday! That's cool. And uh, twisted.
12:04am: "Come on, Tom. Let's finish this the way we started. Together!" Not in the book. A rare addition.
12:05am: Final final battle in the courtyard between Harry and Voldemort. Red vs Green. Simultaneously, Longbottom whacks the crap out of Nagini with the Sword. Last Horcrux gone. Voldemort, instead of being truly defeated, disintegrates into dust just as dawn breaks on the horizon. This ending kind of disappointed me. It lacked a certain final oomph that I would have preferred.
12:07am: The castle is totally busted up but the survivors look OK. They have tea & coffee and few visible scars. Except for Harry who aparently doesn't wish to wipe the blood off his face.
12:09am: Drawn-out explanation of who had the Elder Wand and when. Harry breaks it in two and chucks it off the Hogwarts bridge. Noteable omission: the last line of the book, "That wand's more trouble than it's worth. And quite honestly, I've had enough trouble for a lifetime." Here in the movie, the children just stare silently into the distance.
12:10am: The somewhat questionable epilogue wherein Harry and Ginny are made up to look like older versions of themselves / James and Lily Potter. Ron looks fat and Hermione ... well, Hermione looks like Emma Watson.
12:12am: The only meaningful thing here in the epilogue is that we learn Harry's son is named Albus Severus Dumbledore. So he seems to have taken Snape as an ally in the end. I'm still not sure. It's all so back n forth.
12:15am: The Hogwarts express pulls out of King's Cross and holy moly that's the end! Running time, 18 hours, 55 minutes. That was kinda nuts. You too can inflict 19 hours of insanity on your friends and family this coming weekend when you pick up "Deathly Hallows, Part 2" on DVD and Blu-ray.
Very special thanks to the good people at Warner Bros. for letting me do this little stunt!