I just finished my Harry Potter film marathon, which I try to have at least once a year, though I admit that I have been slacking up until now. I also try to have a good re-read of the books frequently, though often it does get pushed back. But I sense one coming on very soon.
But as I said, I just finished my movie marathon, and I feel like I do every time I finish it. Dead inside. That moment of realization, that there aren’t any more movies for you to pop in, that that’s it? You could end up lying their on the couch for hours, just contemplating how impermanent everything is. So, truth be told, that’s probably the main reason why I’m writing this post. But as well as this, I actually had a lot of pretty random thoughts watching the Deathly Hallows Part II.
Like how McGonagall is the ultimate bad-ass, and Maggie Smith is an absolute perfect human being. Especially when she steps up to duel Snape, and not only does he flinch, but the entire student body runs backwards.
Or how this scene would have been so much cuter had Ginny actually been written correctly in the movies.
How this scene will forever be on repeat, and all of our screensavers. Romione=Goals.
How one, Goyle seems to be looking at Draco like he’s very concerned, and like he’s saying ‘It’s going to be okay, Draco”. And two, how he probably shouldn’t have cast a spell that he doesn’t know the counter-spell for. Here’s a tip for you first years, DON’T DO WHAT GOYLE DID.
How Aberforth brings tears to all of our eyes (at least mine, anyway) when he casts this insanely powerful patronus and reminds us of Albus.
Or how these major character deaths should have had way more screen time and been made a bigger deal of, therefore they would have been even more emotional AS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN. #StillNotOverIt
People who never had read the book were probably shocked at this huge reveal, but for book fans, Snape’s face was our face the entire time watching this scene. Actually, combine baby Harry’s face with Snape’s, and that’s closer.
How we actually kind of feel sorry for this part of Voldemort????
HOW I ACTUALLY STAND UP AND CLAP EVERY TIME I WATCH THIS SCENE. Molly Weasley deserves all the standing ovations.
How Voldemort actually gives the most awkward, worst hugs ever. I’m sorry Draco. I really am.
Speaking of Draco, mini-rant time. Draco has probably been involved in some of the biggest HP fandom debates. Is he a good person? Is it his fault if he’s not? Should we stop defending him? Here’s my stance on the Malfoys.
Lucius seems like just a pretty terrible person in general, actually taking pleasure, until the end, in being a Death Eater. Draco, in my opinion really does not have much of a choice in the matter. As he says when he’s facing Dumbledore in the Half Blood Prince, “I have to kill you. Or he’s going to kill me.” Not to mention, Voldemort has probably threatened his family, and even if he hadn’t, Lucius very well may have disowned him if he didn’t follow in the family business. Does this excuse all of his behavior? Of course not. Calling people mudbloods and being a general not nice person was totally his choice. But being in line with Voldemort, and having to become a Death Eater? No. It’s clear that he hates every second of it, so for that, I feel sorry for him and am actually on his side.
As for Narcissa, honestly, I don’t understand how people can hate her. In my mind, she did exactly the same thing that Lily Potter did for Harry. All she wants is what is best for her son, to keep him alive and safe. The first chance she gets at the battle of Hogwarts, she takes Draco and they walk away. She has no interest in bloodshed, just the well-being of her son. She actually saves Harry’s life and risks her own by lying to Voldemort and saying that he’s dead. And for that I have tons of respect for Narcissa.
Okay, mini-Malfoy rant over.
Next, how Filch casually manages to steal the scene away from Romione (a near-impossible feat) by trying to sweep up a huge mess of bricks with a very small broom. He definitely gave us some much needed laughter. Seriously it feels like you’ve spent years living these films, not hours watching them.
Or finally, how there was a massive moment of tension seeing this film in the theatres for the first time in fear of the Nineteen Years Later scene not happening. When Ron, Hermione, and Harry stand on the bridge together, it fades out. And there are a couple of seconds where I think the entire auditorium held their breath. And then that “Nineteen Years Later” caption comes up on screen, and we all breathed a heavy sigh of relief.
The fact of the matter is, that while the books were better than the films, some more than others (I’m looking at you, Order of the Phoenix), the films will still have a special place in many of our hearts for our entire lives. Especially for someone my age, its hard finishing the books or films, even after 5, 10, 100 times of reading/seeing them, because we grew up with them. So I’m going to give you a little tip, Potterheads. Once finished your marathon, put something funny and lighthearted on straight away. Something like Friends, or How I Met Your Mother, or even a YouTube video of a fainting goat does it for me. Otherwise you’ll just feel sad, or dead inside, or both.
Thanks for reading 🙂 And here’s a little Nuna for you.
Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress