I was in high school when the books first came out. I didn't pay much attention to them until the paperbacks were in stock. My brothers and I have the first four books. The rest, I managed to borrow from friends, read on my computer, or both.
I know a lot of fans are very particular about how the books are translated into films, but I've always enjoyed all the films—missing scenes (and added ones, for that matter). I think the experience of reading the book and watching the film are two entirely different things.
That being said, I didn't know how to feel about the last film in this franchise. On one hand, I was excited to see how it would all unravel onscreen. But at the same time, my heart was hurting because this was a story I had followed for more than a decade!
One of the scenes I was looking forward to was Snape's memory. I loved reading that part in the book. And though it was reduced to minutes on film, I still think it was one of my favorite parts of the movie. Another favorite: Helena Bonham Carter as Hermione Granger.
A scene that got to me (more than I expected it to) was when Harry finally gets to open the Snitch in the Forbidden Forest. Kind of wish I had my own resurrection stone to bring back my loved ones. ):
There were some things I wish they had included, but I think that it was necessary. The movie was just right at about 2 hours-long. And seeing it in IMAX is a whole other experience. It's the only film done entirely in 3D so it's worth seeing in that medium.
I can't believe it's all over. Now excuse me while I go back and find my books and get lost in Hogwarts again.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in cinemas on July 14.