“It all ends…” July 15 marks the end of the Harry Potter era

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" is the last of the 10-year long Potter saga. — Photo by Yoojin Cho

“It all ends.”

With that ominous slogan, the last Harry Potter movie ended the 10-year saga of wizards, muggles, and the Dark Lord.

Thursday night, 200 people crowded the Edgartown Cinema building to watch the anticipated movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” In fact, some people began lining up at 5:30 am to buy the tickets even if the tickets didn’t go on sale until 2 in the afternoon.

Promptly at midnight, the light dimmed, and the packed theater erupted into loud applause. Picking up exactly where the first Deathly Hallows movie had left off, this last installment of the Potter series immediately launched into action.

Following Harry’s quest for remaining Horcruxes to destroy Lord Voldemort, the movie is darker than ever. Hogwarts, though once lively and full of happy students, fell to the control of the Death Eaters, and students must march in a formation as if they live in a prison.

Moreover, Severus Snape is the headmaster, and many followers of Voldemort, most notably Alecto and Amycus Carrow, have joined the Hogwarts faculty.

With plenty of action at Gringotts Wizarding Bank and at Hogwarts during the epic battle between Harry and Voldemort, the 130 minute film flies by, but when Harry looks into Snape’s memory, everything pauses while the audience sheds a tear.

For Harry Potter fanatics, some missing details like the search in Ravenclaw common room or exactly how Harry handled the Elder Wand at the end are disappointing. Regardless, witty one-liners by Neville Longbottom, Professor Minerva McGonagall and Mrs. Weasley and phenomenal acting by Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) make up for any missing details.

The opening weekend of Deathly Hallows Part 2 brought in $168.55 million in ticket sales, according to box-office reports, and the movie received 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Watch the video to hear from fans who spent the entire day in front of the theater, waiting for the premiere.