I went to the midnight showing on Friday with my friends Patrick and Steven. It was great fun. Never before have I stood in line 6 hours for a movie. Patrick arrived at the theater about 5 pm and bought our tickets and got into the entry line. I got there about 6. I had brought a sub sandwich that we shared and Patrick had some candy. Since that wasn't enough for two bears, he went off and got us a large cheese pizza about 8:30. We only ate half of it! Steven finally showed up as the line started moving!
Patrick and I had fun listening to the teenagers on both sides of us and determining which of the males were going to end up gay. It was obvious. We also checked out lots of older guys walking by the line. Who knew that standing in an alley behind a movie theater would yield so much hot meat!
SPOILER ALERTS BELOW!
The movie itself was - in my humble opinion - the perfect ending to the series. It is also the first one that I've seen in the theater that I would see again in the theater. We happened to see it in 3D. While this certainly gave the movie a unique look in comparison to the previous seven, I don't believe it enhanced the movie to the degree that it is a "must see" in that format.
There's been much written on the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, on Neville Longbottom killing Nagini (and what a hunk Matthew Lewis has grown into), and the death of Severus Snape...but for me the two great moments of the movie involved two different Weasleys.
The first, in a brilliant moment of acting, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley sobs over the body of his dead brother, George; the raw emotion that Rupert expressed was very emotional, although it lasted but a few seconds on screen. It was a moment for Rupert to shine as an actor and he pulled it off deftly.
The second, in a brilliant moment of story telling, was the showdown between Molly Weasely (the ever brilliant Julie Walters) and Bellatrix Lestrange (the uber-talented Helena Bonham Carter)...with the now oft-quoted line of "Not my daughter, you bitch!" and several flicks of her wand, Molly kills Bellatrix (without use of the Avada Kedavra). The audience erupted in approving clapping and shouts. What made this brilliant was the fact that the Molly character has been the mother hen, protective, hovering in the kitchen, dispensing wise advice, but not truly showing off defensive magics....until now. Well done Molly.
I was very happy that the original actors (Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Bonnie Wright, and Emma Watson) were used for the epilogue rather than hiring "older" actors. And Rupert Grint with a little belly looked HOT!
I will be surprised if HPDH2 is not one of the ten nominated Best Pictures for next year's Academy Awards. I think it surpasses LOTR's Return of the King. Perhaps that's just the afterglow still talking though.
If you liked any of the previous movies then jump on the band wagon and see the final movie on the big screen. You'll be happy you did!