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Welcome Back Mr Potter !! : Harry Potter "It all Ends" 9 + out of 10

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by , 07-18-2011 at 05:50 AM

Grab your Butterbeer! Its time for Harry Potter to go out in style. Unlike the rather disappointing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Or as several people I know like to call it Harry Potter goes on a boring camping trip in the forest with his friends and moops around a bit) this final Potter actually delivers in epic fashion the promise that for me has always been lurking about but never truly realized in the series. We finally get to see a true quality wizards duel between Harry and "He who should not be named". A battle between good and evil that rivals the potential the series has always carried that reaches Lord of the Rings worthiness just in time for the series to end.

The series really finishes with a bang.....Taking in over 168 Million Domestically at the box office this weekend a new opening weekend record. It looks like everyone wanted to see this conclusion to the widely popular book and movie series.... I remember seeing the first movie years ago and thinking it was a cute little kids fantasy (but no Lord of the Rings)....I remember reading the first book and thinking it was okay although derivative of a bunch of other stories i'd read before and that it didn't measure up to many other sci-fi and fantasy books ....(I didn't continue reading the series for that reason), I made sure to watch every film in the series because I knew I would be guaranteed at least an 8 out of 10 experience (at least until Harry Potter's camping trip of Doom).

The Magic of Harry Potter is in the world it creates. Like Star Wars or Tolkien's Middle Earth J.K. Rowlings created a universe to play around in. One of magic --where Wizards go to school and a chosen one is counted on to help in an ultimate battle of good vs evil. The heart of Harry's World is Hogwart's School of Magic (which Harry Potter's Camping trip got away from and ultimately suffered for). While Deathly Hallows Part 1 took us away from the beloved school, Part 2 puts us smack dab in the middle of it battling an all out war with "He who should not be named" and his minions. This magical world became a playground that fans want to return to over and over again in book form, in film form, in an Orlando attraction.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows delivers a strong conclusion (for now that is) to a really quality franchise that wisely grew with its audience from a delightful little kids book and movie into something epic. It must have been a challenge for the film makers to split the giant final book in the series into 2 movies which is why the first half suffered. They did an excellent job with this final installment. The pacing of the film didn't get bogged down when it easily could have with all of the loose ends it needed to tie up. The ending of the series satisfied like a good dessert leaving you just a little bit hungry for more.

I have no doubt that Harry Potter's world will eventually live on. The universe that was created loke the Star Wars universe has to much to offer not to continue in some form beyond the films. The ending leads perfectly for future adventures.

A special shout out to the excellent casting throughout the series as a whole. The films had nearly every cool actor out of England in them playing important roles. Alan Rickman was epic throughout the series a truly brillant actor that I have loved in other films such as Die Hard and Love Actually and who can forget his role in Galaxy Quest. Special kuds to you sir.

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