After seven novels and eight films, to say that Harry Potter fans were invested in the story of The Boy Who Lived would be an understatement. Many readers and viewers had grown up with these stories, and when it reached its inevitable conclusion, there was a feeling that childhood was finally over, in a way. While many were worried that no film could be enough to satisfactorily end the series, director David Yates managed to craft a two-part finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, that was both thrilling and emotionally rich.
While splitting the final installment of a franchise into two parts often smacks of a cash grab and has a detrimental effect on the integrity of the story, Deathly Hallows actually had enough plot to warrant the split. When evil is finally defeated and all is well, you can bet that fans have cried their tears and had their emotional catharsis. Before you plan your next Harry Potter marathon, take a look at these great (somewhat spoilery) quotes from Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 (which opened five years ago on July 15).
“Seems silly, doesn’t it? A wedding. Given everything that’s going on.” – Ginny Weasley
“Maybe that’s the best reason to have it. Because of everything that’s going on.” – Harry Potter
Harry had lived his entire life under the specter of Voldemort, and in Deathly Hallows, that fear becomes even more real to those around him. Part of the message of Harry Potter is that light can be found even in darkness, and that you can’t stop living life out of fear. Sure, the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour may seem insignificant in the face of possible destruction, but it’s the small, beautiful things that make life worth fighting for.