Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2

THE SETUP: It all comes down to this. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) must destroy the remaining Horcruxes to weaken Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and take the fight to him, hopefully without killing everyone and destroying Hogwarts school.

After 10 years and 7 films, the final chapter of the Harry Potter story is here and it doesn’t disappoint. Where Deathly Hollows Part 1 felt criticism was in focus on the quiet moments rather than the action, which you can understand if you look it as a stand-alone film. But it’s not alone. Those character moments led us to this – a balls out, grandiose blockbuster. Truthfully, this movie is fairly review-proof. If you are a fan of the books or have invested the last decade of your life going to these movies, you’re going to go see this. Thankfully, it delivers, whether in the intensity, characters or (and my favourite) tying up the storyline. There are some great links going back to the first and second movies that really make this movie feel like you’ve been watching a full story, rather than just parts of a whole. The visuals are fantastic. Director David Yates, who’s been steering the last few of the Potter films, doesn’t hold back here, whether in the scenery, special effects or cinematography.

Every character gets a moment in the film so you can see them one last time but it’s Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape that really stands out, as he should if you’re familiar with the story to date. I love movies that reveal something that makes you want to go back and watch the film, much less the last 6 films.

You can also really tell Daniel Radcliffe and his friends have grown as actors as they’ve grown on screen. It really is like saying good-bye to friends you’ve made and thankfully it’s a handled with a bang, instead of a whimper.

4 stars – you’d recommend this. Is it for kids…nope. But if you were a kid for the first film and have grown with these characters, it’s a great send off. Good-bye Harry.

Random Recommendations
The Elephant Man (1980) – John Hurt had a small role at the beginning of Deathly Hollows but you’d barely recognize him as John Merrick, a man trying to fight against a society who judges his disfigured appearance to show his humanity. Based on a true story, it won eight Academy Awards.

Schindler’s List (1993) – Yep, we went from Harry Potter to Nazis. But the connection is pretty obvious – Ralph Fiennes. This was the film that really cemented him as a top-tier actor with his role as a sadistic Holocaust camp warden. Steven Spielberg won a bucket full of Oscars for this and with good reason.

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