The title is a reference to a Zero Punctuation joke.

I’ve been reorganizing the categories somewhat, while I get a handle on the sorts of things I write about all the time. I just realized that while I have a “reviews” tag, I don’t have a good category for the reviews that I write. That probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t write many reviews … instead I muse on things I’ve read, watched, or played, and how they correlate with other media.

So, I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 yesterday. I definitely enjoyed the beginning of the film, I mean, it was awesome … it was everything I’ve been waiting for since I finished reading the book. It was dark, darkly humorous, and fun in an end-of-an-epoch way. I’ve read all the books in the series and enjoyed the films.

Maybe it’s because the film is the end of an ongoing story, but after about the first hour, I think, the rest of the movie felt like a long “the end.” It wasn’t nearly so bad as the end of the Lord of the Rings films, which just kept ending … and ending … and the last film ends much how the first began. Where the story began, anyway. It wasn’t until the film version that I saw how important the epilogue was to a Book Ends closing.

(That was a spoiler, I guess. The epilogue is in the movie. That doesn’t tell you what’s in the epilogue, though, or what’s different. I’m sure you’ll still be surprised.)

I approved of nearly everything that was cut from the story to facilitate an easy ending. I might not really approve of the easy ending, but I’m an idiot idealist who likes doing things to be different, and doing things simply because I enjoy doing them. What would have made me happy, though? I don’t know, probably nothing. Whatever it was I might’ve preferred probably wouldn’t have really been Harry Potter.

But then, that’s why we write, isn’t it? To write things the way we want them?