'It's really hard to say bye,' one fan tells MTV News.
By Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Brian Phares
Those two words, which one fan left behind for director David Yates during an early screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," probably describe the sentiment felt by many Potterheads after they walked out of Thursday night's midnight screenings.
MTV News took to the streets to find out what viewers thought of the final installment of the epic film franchise, and the response was as overwhelmingly positive as the critics'.
"I feel like it was a worthy completion," said one fan, who was clad in a Gryffindor sweatshirt. "From the start it just grabs you by the neck and takes you along for the ride, and really for the last film, you can't ask for anything more."
His female friend agreed, saying, "It's really hard to say bye," before becoming choked up.
The tears were shared by both the male and female fans interviewed after the screenings of "Deathly Hallows, Part 2." It's a sentiment that even the "Harry Potter" stars felt, though leading man Daniel Radcliffe was glad to hear the movie got the fans choked up as well.
Favorite scenes in the film ranged from seeing Harry surrounded by all his loved ones to Neville Longbottom's epic scene with a certain snake. One girl in Slytherin garb said she was glad that the Weasleys didn't disappoint this time around, and particularly liked seeing Harry and his friends defending Hogwarts in the movie's final act.
"It was bittersweet to see it end because it encompassed so much of my life," one female fan shared with MTV. The man she was with agreed. "It was everything you could want to cap off, in our lifetime, one of the greatest film sagas ever that I've experienced," he said.
"It's not one of those things where I'm sad that it's ending, because I know it's not really going to end," another fan said. "But at the same time I know it's like closing the final chapter on my childhood."