About me

I'm a geek working as a distance learning specialist for a large corporation.

My Pandora "radio station" profile
This is my favorite way to listen to music now.

My Yahoo "radio station"
(Unfortunately, only works in IE.)

Shopping

Looking to purchase something online? Support Caddickisms by going through one of these links:

Caddickisms Store

Amazon.com

Calendar

July 2011
S M T W T F S
« Jun   Aug »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Topics

Posts by month

Around the site

Gone are the heady, playful days of American Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. These days, Ninja movies are more serious business, focusing on the real historical Ninjas, like theNinjas in history

First, the confession: I've been a Doctor Who fan since I was about 8 years old. Sitting and watching those episodes (Tom Baker, at the time) with my Dad isReview: Doctor Who 2005 & 2006 seasons

Got caught up on some stuff tonight: Chuck: Entertaining. Pretty light. I'll see if it pulls me in more, but it seems like one of those shows that I'll catch ifInitial thoughts - Premiere week pt 2

Creating Passionate Users Risk aversion can take a good idea and make it useless. And risk aversion is rampant in corporations. That's one of the points in Kathy's post. It's aRisk aversion can hurt you

I'm a bit behind in putting up my movie list for this year. Last year's list was full of promise, but I only got to see 4 of the 21 listed2011 Movies to Drool Over

Stop, right now. Don't read anything else. Just click the play button below. Okay, I'll forgive you if hit the Expand button first. Seriously. Do it. Now. Did you watch it?Tron: Legacy - new trailer

Cerado's Web 2.0 or Star Wars Quiz Sadly, I got a 38.Web 2.0 or Star Wars?

I have two girls. They're 6 (almost 7) and 8 years old now. They're still at the ages when it's cool to hang with Dad. I like that. At the beginningDaddy-Daughter Dates, and Bonding

I'm a little hesitant to review this one, because it doesn't feel like it would be fair to do so until I've seen part three and the end of theReview: Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest

When this movie came out I saw it in the theater and was blown away. I still remember the feeling of exhilaration I had during the launch sequence, and theReview: Apollo 13

Were you paying attention in those psychology classes? Do you remember the experiments where a rat was trained to press a lever to get food? It's amazing how relevant experiments on ratsGrilled cheese and the science of successive approximation

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of NBC's superhero drama Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that the the seriesHeroes web comic

At my house we have a bit of a push-and-pull relationship with time. My wife pushes, and I pull. Call me crazy, but I don't think we need to leave aRules for showing up

I'm pretty sure my wife will have no problem confirming this: I'm addicted to The Sing-Off.  Last year's show blew my mind with the talent involved. This year matches thatThe Sing-Off: recap and predictions

GateWorld - Staite talks Atlantis Season Four Stargate Atlantis's newest recurring guest star is ready for the show's fourth season, which enters production this February in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jewel StaitePaging Dr. Kaylee!

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 (spoilers)

I guess it’s about time I started reading the books.

I have now seen all the movies. I just returned from the final entry.

The final story in a cohesive series bears a huge burden. It must tie together the threads of not only its own story, but of the entire series in a satisfying way. In this case, there have been seven movies leading up to this final showdown. That’s a lot of story to tie together and a lot of weight to carry.

I haven’t quite finished processing what I think of this film yet, so I am just going to list some thoughts I have below. We’ll see where that takes us. There will be huge, massive spoilers. Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know. Seriously.

  • I enjoyed the film overall, but something felt missing. I wonder if that would improve if I watched parts 1 and 2 back to back. I admit to having forgotten some detail of part 1 in the intervening months.
  • Snape turns out to be a good guy. No surprise there. I was surprised, however, at the violence of his death – and really that he died at all. I thought he’d make it.
  • Snape had the same patronis as Harry’s mother and Harry (right?). Here I’m a little confused. Was that simply because they’d been friends for so long and he loved her, or because he was really Harry’s father? I think that distinction was a little unclear.
  • I think I need to hear the Deathly Hallows story again. Am I right in gathering that Dumbledore was the central character in that story? He certainly had possession of all three hallows.
  • What was the point of the resurrection stones? Just that he can talk to dead loved ones? I’m not sure I see why he dropped it in the woods.
  • I liked all the callbacks to previous films (mostly in revisiting key locations).
  • I’m a little confused about the timeline surrounding the Gryffendor sword and its replica.
  • I’m a little disappointed in the death of Voldemorte. It looked cool and dramatic and all, but I really don’t think it was pulled off in a way that supported the theme of all the stories (which it had to do): that love is greater than evil. As shown, Harry fought evil with power and smarts, though in the end it came down to power. I understand that I’m oversimplifying and that friendship and love did figure in, but the emphasis was really on the fact that the Elder Wand was rejecting Voldemorte. So it’s just the mechanics of magic that beat him and Harry was good enough to capitalize on that. That’s fine, but doesn’t really support the love theme very well. As I said to my wife on the way home, really all they had to do to refocus the emphasis was to show the ghosts of his loved ones standing around Harry encouraging and supporting him. That would have clearly shown that what was sustaining Harry was love. And I wouldn’t have minded seeing a little more fear – or maybe rage – on Voldemorte’s face at the end, either.

There’s more bubbling around in my head, but those are the biggest rocks tumbling around in there.

Have you seen it yet? Read the books? What did you think? Can you answer my questions?

Tags: , , , ,

2 comments to Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 (spoilers)

  • Hannah

    I read the books but did not see the movie and i can answer your questions.
    Snape loved Harry’s mom and had the same patronus, a doe (female deer) as her. Harry’s patronus (and his dad James) was a stag (male deer). Harry looked just like his dad with the exception of having his moms eyes. Snape protects Harry b/c of his love for Harry’s mom yet despises him b/c he is a living reminder of lily’s preference of another man.
    Dumbledore never had all three at the same time. The cloak belonged to Harry. Harry didn’t have all three at the same time and left the stone in the forest b/c it is safer that way. He only used the stone to fulfill a mission that would protect others and not for selfish purposes.
    The sword of gryfindor was taken by griphook the goblin yet it can present itself to any worthy Gryfindor at any time. That is why it reappears.
    The death of voldemort does support the love is stronger theme. After Harry gives himself up to save his friends they were protected from voldemort (like he was by his moms sacrifice) they could not be touched. In the book voldemort uses Avada kedavra (killing curse) and Harry uses expelliarmus (disarming charm) and voldemorts curse rebounds because Harry was the true owner of the wand. This shows the power of good over evil.

    Reply to this comment

    Jeff says:

    Thanks, Hannah! Very helpful.

    I’m still a little confused on the Sword issue, but more specifically on when it first was put in the vault, when it disappeared from the vault, and when the replica was placed there. That was definitely not clear in the movie. Or maybe it just went by too fast for me to understand it.

    On Voldemort’s death, your answer very much supports what I subsequently found and posted in my other HP7.2 post (which, if you would like to read it, is here).

    It seems like quite a lot was lost in translation from book to movie (which isn’t that surprising, I suppose).

    Reply to this comment

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge