Streaming Movie Club: Deathly Hallows: Part 2

I don’t really stream movies. In all fairness, having two children to look after means I rarely watch movies full stop, unless they are of the animated variety. However, plagued by the annoyance that is insomnia, and not really wanting to watch late night/early morning poker, I caved in and gave Zune on the Xbox 360 a go. Due to the fact I’m a big fan of the books, my film of choice was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Out of all of the Harry Potter films, this is the one I’ve been looking forward to the most. It dives straight into the main quest which involves Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) seeking out and destroying the remaining Horcruxes of Lord Voldemort. If this task succeeds then Voldemort will be vulnerable, and he can be confronted and killed.

[drop2] Of course, Voldemort is wise to Harry’s plan, and gathers his followers to launch a devastating attack on Hogwarts. It’s this battle that I was looking forward to, and it didn’t disappoint. Death Eaters vs. The Order, giants and spiders vs. Hogwarts students; it’s an assault on the eyes and ears with large explosions and spells being cast left, right and centre.

It’s also surprisingly violent and much darker than the first few films, with one major death in particular sending a shiver down my spine as the person’s body was repeatedly slammed against a frosted window, with flecks of blood on display. The film also has a fair amount of emotional scenes; with revelations, farewells and acts of camaraderie. The cast don’t disappoint when it comes to conveying this emotion, and it’s amazing to see how much they have grown since bursting onto the scene all those years ago.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a fitting end to a decade’s worth of films. Part of me feels sad that the journey has ended, after all they have been consistently around since I was eighteen, but at least it went out with a bang. Highly recommended for all you Potter fans.

Zune impressed me as well. I opted for streaming the SD content, as my broadband is a trifle asthmatic, and it worked really well with no buffering at all. Of course, the downside was the SD content, but it was by no means an awful picture and the whole experience was rather painless.

You know what? I might just start streaming movies a bit more often.

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12 Comments

  1. Im scared of shelling out to stream on Lovefilm due to my internet being so erratic, never knowing whether i can watch a youtube video or have seamless streaming of a 3pm football match.

    As for Harry Potter, I went to the cinema to watch it and was brilliant. Getting it on bluray for Xmas i believe and looking forward to a second viewing.

  2. As for the film. I went to cinema to see it first, it was fantastic. Huge fan of the books and films, and I thought this last film was the best of the lot. Bought it day one on DVD and even after a second view I want to see it again and again. Also sad to see it all come to an end, it has been a big part of life.

    • hmm for some reason, my initial part to my comment didnt post. If you look at Roynaldo’s thoughts on streaming, mine are exactly the same

  3. I adore the books. I’ve read all of them over half a dozen times each, some closer to a full dozen, with the result that most are falling apart.

    Unfortunately, being as familiar with the books as I am, an in awe of the wonderful world and vivid, relatable characters that fill it I have to say that this movie was mediocre at the best. It does far more wrong, in relation to the books, than it does right. It completely changes things for no reason, and in comparison to the bittersweet emotions brought on by the final scenes in the book, this is but the palest shadow.

    Being the fan that I am, I’m somewhat of a purist, so this film would probably be more satisfying to someone not as invested in the Potter mythos.

    I would change your recommendation to ‘ Highly recommended for all you not-so potter fans’. After all, they are who the movies were really made to appeal to.

  4. not a big fan of HP the whole setting and the characters just don’t pull me in. (apart from Emma Watson of course ;) )

    • Me neither. Never read the books or watched any of the films.

  5. I have seen every HP up till HPATDHP2. Half blood prince is the worst of them. And for some reason HPATDH had a blue filter throughout the film. I’ve read all the books and Deathly Hallows is the darkest of them all. It’s a frecking slaughter in the books and i have heard that they changed the ending a bit to Deathly Hallows part 2 a bit.

    Anyway, i plan on replacing my slowly dying HP dvd collection and replacing it with Blu ray. (HP2 has a massive crack in it and HP3 is missing a big part of it)

  6. Just bought the blu ray 1-7.2 from Amazon for 30quid and Tesco have all 8 DVD’s online for 20. Hope this helps someone out for a nice xmas present

  7. Im scared of shelling out to stream on Lovefilm due to my internet being so erratic, never knowing whether i can watch a youtube video or have seamless streaming of a 3pm football match.

    As for Harry Potter, I went to the cinema to watch it and was brilliant. Getting it on bluray for Xmas i believe and looking forward to a second viewing.

    Edit: No spam links please, we’re not big on dating websites! – AG

    Thank you very much.

    • didn’t you notice AG that he just copied and pasted Roynaldo’s comment above?

  8. My favourite Potter film, by miles.

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