With Harry and co. delivering their last big screen hurrah, LWLies gets a 15-year-old fan to sum up the final chapter.
Wandering around Waterstones at the tender and impressionable age of 10, running my fingers across the spines of all the children’s books, little did I think that the choice I would make that day would trigger an obsession that would stay with me until today: Harry Potter.
Since then, I've queued for the books and begged for the films when they were released on VHS and then DVD. Now, on July 15, it all ends.
The final film has been labeled the 'epic conclusion' and I was elated to discover that it didn’t disappoint. Picking up from where the previous film abandoned us, the action was rife from the start and the storyline maintained its gripping edge, ensuring that my anticipation for the final battle between Harry and Voldemort didn’t wither.
The Deathly Hallow: Part II is cleverly tailored; for the fanatic, the film remains loyal to the book throughout yet inserts extra tidbits for entertainment and comedic value, and for the other, less obsessed breed of viewer, the tale is riveting but easy to follow and finished cleanly; leaving no questions left unanswered or any loose ends left untied.
As someone so irrevocably attached to the wizarding world, the film was definitely a roller coaster of emotions; the epitome of all hatred for Voldemort; the teary moments when we delve into the memories of the allegedly more sinister characters; and the churning of the stomach during the scenes when pressure runs high and you pray for an escape for the world’s most beloved protagonist triple-team.
There is also a healthy harmony of plot and intrigue as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) embark on their quest to uncover the final Horcruxes, with action and adventure as the timeless war between wizarding good and evil peaks, and it certainly provides closure for anyone who has followed the story.
Whether your ticket has been booked for the final film since you read the first chapter of 'The Philosopher's Stone', or if you have a crumpled tenner forgotten at the bottom at your bag, grab your bike and go and see the final film, if not for yourself, then for JK Rowling, a literary genius and mastermind of the world so many fans long to be real.