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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2

July 15, 2011

Neville Longbottom: You were right, never better. I feel like I can spit fire.

Ten years ago, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released into theaters everywhere. After making almost one billion worldwide, it was clear a franchise would be spawned. Throughout the past ten years, we have been treated to seven great Potter films, and I am happy to say that the eighth is not only a wonderful treat, but the best Potter film out of them all (even surpassing Goblet of Fire and Prisoner of Azkaban). In a nutshell, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 an entertaining film throughout, featuring extraordinarily powerful acting, intense and well-made action sequences, but most importantly, it has a magical and satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series. 

The final film begins right after the first one; after he buries Dobby, Harry Potter, along with his longtime friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley continues their quest to find and destroy Voldemort’s last three Horcruxes. The Horcruxes are the key to Voldemort’s immortality, and are what makes him very powerful. As the Deathly Hollows (magical objects created by Death) were no longer secretive, Voldemort gains suspicion and eventually finds out about their mission. These actions spawn the biggest battle between good and evil, Hogwarts and the Death Eaters, but the battle is truly about Harry and Voldemort: one will fall, one will prosper.

I had a really good time watching this film, and not only because there was a teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises before (which literally gave me chills), but because this movie is just plain, stupid fun! There is only one noticeable flaw in this film, so I’ll just tell you now. First off, I was very pleased at Warner Bros. for not converting the previous film into 3D, and I was extremely skeptical about seeing this one in 3D, but I took my chances, and was thoroughly disappointed. For this film in particular, the only noticeable difference done by 3D is the aggravating fact that the glasses create a darker picture, which was exactly what occurred for Cars 2 and Thor. Aside from that fatal flaw, this film is quite good and accomplishes what it needs to (now on to the positives).

I cannot believe I’m saying this, because I’ve loved these three leads throughout the films, they’ve always been really great. This leads to a very surprising statement, which (in my opinion) is that I could care less about these leads, because they are easily upstaged by the film’s wonderful supporting cast, primarily Helena Bonham Carter and The Dark Lord himself Ralph Fiennes, who are simply brilliant with what they are given. With that said, I guess that it takes eight movies to prefer bad guys over good guys.

The action sequences in this film have probably the most impressive aspect pertaining to this film, mainly due to the fact that these scenes are well done and well choreographed. The most notable sequence in this film (spoiler alert) was clearly and obviously the battle between Voldemort’s Army and Hogwarts. Not only was that scene impressive from a visual standpoint, but it was equally impressive from a concluding standpoint, which means that it was both exciting and the perfect conclusion to the fight for justice.

David Yates directed this movie, along with directing Half-Blood Prince, Order of the Phoenix, Deathly Hollows 1, and now, he has brilliantly directed part two, and successfully concluded the Potter series. I was a bit skeptical about this one, seeing how I was unimpressed by the last installment, I was wrong. Kudos to you Yates, you have put brilliant direction into this final film and I cannot wait to see what your next magical projects will be (Harry Potter Nine possibly).

In a dream sequence that takes place during this film, we are able to see eleven year-old Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who is now 21. We also are able to see glimpses of young Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). Luckily, for the sake of keeping the series going, these characters are easily recognizable after all this time. Just think, for a decade straight, these kids have worked their asses off, and their hard work has paid off, because (according to RT), every Potter film has been well-reviewed, and many of those reviews are positive mainly due to the casts talent.

Ralph Fiennes is the main scene stealer throughout, brilliantly reprising his role of the Dark Lord Voldemort. Fiennes is simply a brilliant actor, with endless talent, and is a very good villain. Alan Rickman was very good in this reprising his role as Severus Snape, who gives an emotionally stunning performance that shocked me. We also have a short scene with Albus Dumbledore, played by Michael Gambon, who has very little to offer, but is just great with what he is given. We also have a more important and useful role for Neville Longbottom, played by Matthew Lewis. In the first few films, Neville was a screw up, who messed everything up. Now, we have a new and improved Neville, and Lewis portrays him with a very emotional and intense performance.

The Harry Potter films have always benefited from having astounding visuals. I guess it’s safe to say that this film has the most impressive visuals of them all. The ghost of Helena Ravenclaw (Kelly MacDonald) is most noticable as a difference because in the previous films, the ghosts were all blue-like and simply unrealistic and unbelievable. In Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the ghost is clearly a ghost, but looks more realistic and visually stunning from a perspective standpoint. The wand fights are also improved in this film, and this is most noticeable during the battle between Harry and Voldemort. Ultimately, this film easily stands out as a satisfying visual treat.

Seeing this film as a conclusion was a bittersweet moment for me. It was bitter, because it was the end to one of the greatest (if not the best) franchises ever spawned, and I well knew that there would be no more Hogwarts, no more Potter, no more magic. It was sweet, because it was literally the perfect send off to see Harry and his pals all grown up and with terrible wigs and makeup (which was intentional and downright super). I’d also recommend that if you haven’t seen the other Potter’s, then you will be completely lost during this film, but that shouldn’t be an issue at all considering that “everyone” watches Harry Potter (except those Twilight losers).

I’ve seen many great movies in my life, Star Wars, Godfather, The Dark Knight, and countless others, and I have to say that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ranks up there with the greats. This final installment is not only a satisfying conclusion to a timeless and classic series of films, but it is a film that will go in record books as one of the best films ever made (and one of the highest grossing films). Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is powerfully acted, impeccably scripted, and overall an extremely entertaining film throughout. Goodbye, Harry. It’s been a magical decade.

Harry Potter: Come on Tom, let’s finish the way we started… together!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2011 10:40 am

    I really, really loved it. Of course it has the benefit of building to this conclusion over the course of seven books and seven previous movies, but I felt like it earned every bit of the emotion it evoked. It has a few minor flaws, but even those couldn’t stop me from giving it a perfect 5/5 stars.

  2. August 2, 2011 11:28 am

    I completely agree. I did notice a few MINOR flaws, but non enough to stop me from enjoying it.

  3. November 21, 2012 2:55 pm

    Harry Potter, the most famous Boy Wizard in the world,
    needs no introduction. Rowling admits she could be writing the
    further wizarding adventures of ‘Harry Potter. It cannot be contested that Harry Potter has enthralled and enchanted millions all over the globe.

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