Was this crazy? Or was it appropriate for my child? While there are a lot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 reviews out there, I’ll give you my perspective as a mom.
I’m not going to sit here and nitpick over the differences between the book and movie versions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Although I want to. Instead, I’ll talk about my impression based on my child’s reaction.
Based on the book, I came up with a list of 10 Reasons Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Is Too Scary for Your Kids! After seeing the movie, I can say that all of those are valid, with some additional elements thrown in.
You have to know your child. My child has seen all of the Harry Potter movies and was begging to go. He also tends to have a 6-going-on-14 attitude to life. I haven’t even let my 5 year-old watch any but the first few Harry Potter movies and that was recently. He’s not ready for the darker tones of the later Harry Potter movies.
Even though I was fairly confident my oldest child would be just fine, I looked around the crowded theater and had a fleeting moment of panic where I wondered if I could be wrong.
All of the scary moments were there. And I think the movie really brought them to life in a way that the book didn’t. While the book went into greater detail, the movie had the ability to make you jump out of your seat: it’s one thing to read about the fire in the Room of Requirement and another to see it viciously attack the characters. Plus, Voldemort is at his most evil, killing people for seemingly no reason. There are lots of explosions and battles. And the bloody thing in the train station toward the end of the movie had me cringing.
My son watched with rapt attention. Instead of all the scary moments, I tried to remember that the themes that run through the movie of friendship, loyalty, and good triumphing over evil are all good lessons.
When it was all over, I asked him if he was scared by any of the movie. He told me, “Well, if Harry Potter had really been dead, then I would have been scared. But, he wasn’t really dead and Voldemort is gone forever, so it was the best movie ever.”
Because he doesn’t focus on the small details but rather the bigger picture, it was the right decision to take him. He’s already asking when the DVD comes out.
Though, he wasn’t the youngest child in the theater by far and I have to wonder what those parents thought after the conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Will you take your children to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2?