I decided the wait out the crowds for the final Harry Potter film and go last night.  The film was very well done I think I'll miss these Potter movies now that they are finished.  If you haven't seen it, there could be spoilers so read at your own risk!

It is no surprise that Harry Potter blew away all other competition at the movies this weekend.  Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the epic conclusion to a cultural phenomenon. Like I said before, I didn't read any of the books, but have seen all of the movies from day one.  In a way I am sad to see these films wrap up.  Now all of us sci-fi and fantasy nerds have to wait for the next saga to come along and who knows how long that will be.

To say that the final Harry Potter film was "good" would be an understatement.  It was one of the best films I have seen in the last few years.  It had tons of action and drama mixed in with some of that classic Potter humor we have come to know and love.  It even had a bit of romance in there.  I do wish that I had re-watched The Deathly Hallows Part 1 before I went and saw it, but hey what are you gonna do? I can't believe that we watched these kids grow up right in front of our eyes.  I may have to read this series.  It will be work, since I generally don't like to read but I figure I enjoyed the movies and everyone always says the books are better so I will probably like them too.

If you had told me back in 2001 that I would be getting sad watching parts of a Harry Potter movie I would have called you crazy, but a these movies progressed into more adult themes and you got more attached to beloved characters, it was sad when they were no longer part of the story.  In this film Fred Weasley (one of the Weasley Twins) ends up dying in the battle at Hogwarts.  I couldn't help but be sad.  He had been in the film and books since day 1 and was just 100% likable. Not as sad as Dobby the elf dying in the last film, but still pretty heart wrenching.  We finally see the demise of the evil Lord Voldemort, who as it turns out is more attached to Harry Potter than we thought. We even finally learn exactly what Professor Snape's real motivations have been since the beginning. An absolutely beautiful film that I recommend to everyone.

So the Potter kids are all grown up now, and we see that at the end when they have kids of their own.  What's next for the actors?  I know Daniel Radcliffe has quite a career on the stage and has a movie coming out in 2012 called The Woman in Black (check out the trailer here).  As for the rest of them, I don't know whats going to happen.  Obviously Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) will have work in his future, but I think that the rest of these kids will be unfortunately type cast.  We have only seen them as these characters and they will be associated with them for life.

Author of the books JK Rowling has hinted that maybe the series isn't over, but I really don't think she could go any further with it.  I guess she could do things with them as adults or maybe their kids, but I think it wrapped up pretty well.