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    This Is What It’s Like To Watch “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2” For The First Time

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    Exactly five months ago, I watched Harry Potter for the first time. This week, my journey came to an end when I watched and tweeted the final film.

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    It was emotional.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Let’s do this. #finallywatchingHP

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    The film opens with Snape gazing wistfully over Hogwarts.

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    He was hardly in the last film, so this is good news.

    He looks like he's paused mid-sentence.

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    But he hasn't.

    I just like his face.

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    And let's be honest, who doesn't.

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    Here we go.

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    This is the end, my friends.

    Oh fucking hell.

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    *sobs violently*

    Harry and the gang have sought refuge with Fleur and Bill.

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    #RelationshipGoals

    Eight films in, and Harry still hasn't worked out what to do with his hands.

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    They just sort of dangle there by his sides, awkwardly.

    Harry goes to speak to The Goblin, who presumably has a name but is just referred to as The Goblin, which is more than a little prejudicial.

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    I shall call him Greg.

    Greg agrees to help them break into Bellatrix's vault at Gringotts, because Horcrux.

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    Thanks, Greg!

    For the Gringotts heist, Hermione cosplays as Bellatrix.

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    "Do I look le good?"

    "No, but you look Lestrange."

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    Lol.

    Ron has gone full lumbersexual #finallywatchingHP

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    Ron has gone full lumbersexual #finallywatchingHP

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    They manage to sneak into Gringotts, and ride the fun train to the vaults.

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    If more banks had rollercoasters, maybe we wouldn't hate banks.

    Until they're kicked off the rollercoaster and dropped to their death down a ravine.

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    Hermione saves them all, obvs.

    In the vault they manage to find the Horcrux.

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    Suh shiny.

    But Greg, whose name is apparently Griphook, betrays the gang, and leaves them behind.

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    Fucking Greg.

    With security guards closing in, Hermione rescues everyone by hijacking a nearby dragon.

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    #BossWitch

    As they leave, the tortured dragon roasts many of his Goblin captors.

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    Free-range dragons only, please.

    Then there's a bit when they all go skinny-dipping.

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    #Wood4Ron

    Meanwhile at Casa De Locks, Voldemort just legit murdered a bunch of people.

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    Right in the face.

    Including Greg.

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    Fucking Greg.

    Trying to break into Hogwarts, the gang travel to Hogsmeade.

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    Where they bump into...Mance Rayder!

    Turns out Mance Rayder is Gambondore's brother, Aberforth.

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    And he's cranky as fuck.

    Harry cuts to the chase.

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    "Any spoilers for Season 5 of Game of Thrones?"

    "Are you kidding?"

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    "They don't tell me shit."

    Surprise Neville!

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    The best kind of Neville.

    Neville escorts them through a secret tunnel back to Hogwarts.

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    And makes cardigans effortlessly cool in the process.

    Once inside Hogwarts, Harry gives a rousing speech.

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    "Good morning."

    "In less than an hour, wands from here will join others from around the world."

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    "And you will be launching the largest magic battle in the history of wizardkind."

    "Wizardkind."

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    "That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests."

    "Perhaps it's fate that today is the second of May, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom."

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    "Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution...but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist."

    "And should we win the day, the second of May will no longer be known as a wizard holiday."

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    "But as the day the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night!"

    "We will not vanish without a fight!"

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    "We're going to live on! We're going to survive!"

    "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

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    Everyone applauds, despite that not really making sense.

    Meanwhile, Snape is making a speech of his own.

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    "It has come to my attention that Harry Potter was sighted in Hogsmeade."

    "Anyone who has knowledge of these events, who fails to come forward, will be treated as eq..."

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    "...ually guilty."

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    "I know something about Harry Potter."

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    "He's here to fuck up your day."

    "You?"

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    "And whose army?"

    "This one."

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    "How'd you like them apples?"

    Snape goes for his wand, but McGonagall steps in and fights him off.

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    #BossWitch

    "Potter."

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    "It's good to see you."

    "It's good to see you too, Professor."

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    At this point I was already tearing up.

    McGonagall activates the Hogwarts defences.

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    And these badass stone guards turn up.

    "I've always wanted to use that spell."

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    McGonagall ❤️

    Outside, Voldemort and his followers have gathered.

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    "Victory."

    "Can you smell it?"

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    "No, me neither."

    Hermione and Ron go to the Chamber of Secrets for a booty call.

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    Pictured: the most convincing kiss in any of the films.

    Adam Ant and a couple of hundred other Death Eaters attack the bridge.

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    He still hasn't said "stand and deliver".

    But Neville blows them up.

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    Right in the face.

    And almost blows himself up in the process.

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    “That went well.” Classic Neville #finallywatchingHP

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    “That went well.” Classic Neville #finallywatchingHP

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    The battle of Hogwarts begins.

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    You can tell because explosions.

    Harry and Ginny share the most awkward kiss ever.

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    Since Harry and Cho, at least.

    And Harry runs off to the plot device room to find the next Horcrux.

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    You could do a great episode of Antiques Roadshow at Hogwarts. #finallywatchingHP

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    Horcrux is a funny word, isn't it. Horcrux. Horcrux. Horcrux.

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    And now it's lost all meaning.

    Draco Hair Gel and the Shade Throwers!

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    "Do you want to hear our new song, Potter?"

    "Siriusly?"

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    "We're in the middle of a war."

    "Come on Draco, let's go."

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    "He will never understand our art."

    "It's not art."

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    "It's shit."

    "It is too art!"

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    "Avada kedavra!"

    Hermione deflects the killing curse, but Ron is not happy.

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    “That’s my girlfriend, you numpty!” Classic Ron #finallywatchingHP

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    “That’s my girlfriend, you numpty!” Classic Ron #finallywatchingHP

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    Then Goyle sets the plot device room on fire.

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    Fucking Goyle.

    Yes, well.

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    That's what you get for playing with fire.

    Broom broom!

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    Get out me fire.

    Harry destroys the Horcrux, and Ron kicks it into the fire.

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    Four down, three to go.

    Then an old friend shows up.

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    Guess who?

    That's right, it's this dreamboat.

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    #Wood4Wood

    The battle of Hogwarts is raging full force outside.

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    And it's epic.

    Who invited the spiders?!

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    FFS.

    Aberforth rocks up, and fights off a couple of hundred Dementors singlehandedly.

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    TIL Mance Rayder has a strong Patronus game.

    At the boathouse, Snape and Voldemort are shooting the breeze.

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    "Are you listening to Serial?"

    "No."

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    "Should I?"

    "Yes, it's brilliant."

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    "The best part is the ad at the beginning, there's a girl that can't pronounce MailChimp."

    "What?!"

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    "How does she say it?"

    "Mail...

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    "Kimp."

    "Well, that is fucking stupid. Who can't pronounce chimp?"

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    "Anyway, you must die. Farewell, Severus."

    Voldemort sets Nagini on Snape, and Harry arrives to find him mortally wounded.

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    "Gary?"

    "It's Harry, sir."

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    "Harry Potter."

    "Potter."

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    "You need a mint."

    Snape tells Harry to collect his tears.

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    Luckily, Hermione has a vial in her bag of tricks.

    And takes his last breath.

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    *feels*

    Voldemort's forces retreat, and Harry and co arrive back to find many of their friends and family have fallen in battle.

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    RIP Fred.

    RIP Lupin, you marvellous bastard.

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    RIP Tonks.

    At this point I had to pause for a minute.

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    So many feels.

    Harry goes to Gambondore's office to use the Pensieve and learn Snape's secret.

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    P.S. Alexandre Desplat's score is incredible. Incredible.

    Snape and Lily were childhood friends.

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    But at Hogwarts, they were sorted into different houses.

    Despite Snape's affections, Lily fell in love with someone else.

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    James Potter.

    After Lily died, Snape agreed to help protect Harry, on one condition.

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    "No one can know."

    Plot twist: Gambondore was dying anyway!

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    Reluctantly, Snape agreed to kill him.

    There's more. Turns out that Harry's scar isn't just decorative.

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    Voldemort's curse rebounded and struck him, splitting off part of his soul.

    “So when the time comes, the boy must die?” “Yes.” HARRY IS A HORCRUX #finallywatchingHP

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    “So when the time comes, the boy must die?” “Yes.” HARRY IS A HORCRUX #finallywatchingHP

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    It was Snape who conjured the Patronus to lead Harry to the sword.

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    His Patronus is a doe.

    "Lily?"

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    "After all this time?"

    "Always."

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    So. Many. Feels.

    Wow. You think you know someone, eh? #finallywatchingHP

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    Wow. You think you know someone, eh? #finallywatchingHP

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    Harry knows what he must do.

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    He says goodbye to Hermione and Ron, and walks into the woods.

    The snitch finally opens to reveal Gambondore's present.

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    The resurrection stone.

    Harry's parents appear to him.

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    As does Lupin.

    And Sirius.

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    *sobs*

    And a bunch of other ghosts.

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    "Use the force, Harry."

    He goes to meet his end.

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    “Harry Potter, the boy who lived… time to die. I wrote that myself. Been waiting ages to say it.” #finallywatchingHP

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    “Harry Potter, the boy who lived… time to die. I wrote that myself. Been waiting ages to say it.” #finallywatchingHP

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    Then Voldemort legit murders Harry.

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    Right in the face.

    Harry wakes up in heaven, which is Kings Cross station.

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    He makes a shocking discovery.

    8lb 6oz baby Voldemort.

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    Freaky shit.

    Gambondore shows up, and tells him some wisdoms.

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    "Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic."

    “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry. Why should that mean it’s not real?” Bye ghost of Gambondore #finallywatchingHP

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    “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry. Why should that mean it’s not real?” Bye ghost of Gambondore #finallywatchingHP

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    Voldemort takes Harry's body back to Hogwarts.

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    "Harry Potter is dead. Who wants a hug?"

    "Anyone? Hugs?"

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    "Come on, come get a hug from ol' Voldy."

    "Ah, a taker, enjoy your hug, Draco."

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    Voldemort hugs > other hugs.

    Neville steps forward.

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    "I'd like to say something."

    "Say anything."

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    "Say everything."

    "Where's your nose, pal."

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    #Wood4Neville

    "Lol!"

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    "That never gets old."

    With Voldemort distracted, Harry springs into action.

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    "Surprise, bitches, I'm alive!"

    Harry and co retreat into the castle, and Voldemort follows.

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    Epic duel, bro.

    Meanwhile, Bellatrix tries to kill Ginny.

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    Molly Weasley is not pleased.

    And she delivers the greatest line of the entire series:

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    "Not my daughter, you bitch!"

    And makes short work of Bellatrix.

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    #BossWitch

    Harry legit tries to make out with Voldemort.

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    "Come on, Tom."

    They apparate around for a bit.

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    "Nice view up here, isn't it."

    "Yes."

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    "Lovely."

    "Shame about the building though."

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    "Bit of spitshine, it'll be right as rain."

    Inside, Ron and Hermione are trying to kill Nagini.

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    It's not going well.

    Not well at all.

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    Fun fact: Nagini is not the same python seen in the first Harry Potter film, despite what internet memes may lead you to believe.

    But then, last minute Neville saves the day!

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    YES NEVILLE! It’s all coming up Longbottom! #finallywatchingHP

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    YES NEVILLE! It’s all coming up Longbottom! #finallywatchingHP

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    With Nagini dead, Harry beats Voldemort in the duel.

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    Beats him right in the face.

    And Voldemort crumbles, literally.

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    "Shadows...and dust."

    This delights Harry.

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    "I fucking love murder."

    With Voldemort defeated, the danger has passed.

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    A hug from Giant Robbie Coltrane makes it all better.

    All that's left to do is destroy the Elder Wand, so that no one else can use it.

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    "Hnnng."

    "Are you OK there, Harry?'

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    "Do you want me to do it?"

    "Nope. No. It's OK."

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    "I've got it."

    "Just a little tough... Hnnng."

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    "OK, fuck it, I'll do it later."

    The end.

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    If they let Ginny stand looking into the distance with them at the end, Harry wouldn’t always be such a third wheel #finallywatchingHP

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    If they let Ginny stand looking into the distance with them at the end, Harry wouldn’t always be such a third wheel #finallywatchingHP

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    Hang on, there's more.

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    It's 19 years later, and OH GOD GINNY'S WIG.

    Harry's youngest son is about to start his first year at Hogwarts.

    “Albus Severus Potter, we gave you that name so you would be bullied unrelentingly for the next 7 years.” #finallywatchingHP

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    “Albus Severus Potter, we gave you that name so you would be bullied unrelentingly for the next 7 years.” #finallywatchingHP

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    "Also, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts, one of whom was a Slytherin."

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    "He was the bravest man I've ever known."

    The end.

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    For real this time.

    This film was such a wonderful ending to the series. The action was incredible. As was the score.

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    The whole thing was just epic.

    The series itself I've loved watching so much. I never thought I'd say this, but I consider myself a bit of a Potterhead these days.

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    We've come a long way.

    Watching Harry Potter for the first time is one of the best things I've ever done.

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    Not only because I got to write these posts, but because I've met so many new friends along the way.

    So thank you all for watching with me, it's been a pleasure.

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    And thank you so much to my friend Anna for suggesting I do this in the first place. Like Hermione, she's always right.

    Oh, and Santa is bringing me a full set of Harry Potter books for Christmas. ⚡️

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    Cheers.

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