Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
130 minutes
Rated PG-13
Directed by David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Grade:  A-

There’s always something about reaching the end of a story that heightens your expectations. At the same time, if the conclusion is worthy, the result will forever be embedded in your memory. This is how I walked into the eighth and last Harry Potter film. No, I have not read the books, but I am an avid fan of the film series and walking into a packed theater for the final film, I was nervous. Will it meet my expectations? Will they answer my lingering questions? Will good triumph over evil, restoring my faith in the world?

For those who want to experience the final, and best, film of the series, you must watch the previous seven movies, especially Deathly Hallows Part 1. I’m sure there will be plenty who have skipped a movie here or there, or even some who don’t know who the Half-Blood Prince is. That is because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the film event of 2011. There is no escaping it. For the die hard fans who have been there from the start, this is the second coming of the end. For those, like myself, who have only watched the films, this is an end of a decade-long film series. And for the others, it’s a really cool movie about wizards and magic.

Part 2 picks up right where the first part concludes and takes off with Harry, Hermione, and Ron continuing to search for the Horcruxes to destroy Voldemort. Meanwhile, the evil Voldemort along with the Death Eaters and Dementors are targeting Harry and his allegiance for one epic showdown of thrashing wands, giants and statues, and quite a few casualties.

I couldn’t help but to feel a bit of nostalgia while watching the film. Everyone who stuck around through the series has watched all of the actors grow and mature, and in turn we have matured with them. Especially during the game-changing sequence of events involving Snape’s memory that he captured for Harry to finally see, we see flashbacks of the past films and ultimately witness the past decade in a blink of an eye. What an outstanding scene that was.

While there was a good amount of action during the film, it wasn’t entirely action-packed like some people were hyping it up to be. And after having a talk with one of my Pot-head friends, she explained to me a few moments of the film I was confused. So I guess there really was an advantage to reading the books ahead of time. But for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

Overall, the best was saved for last. It’s always tough to say goodbye to something you’ve spent a large part of your life devoted to. But like what one of my favorite bands said during their farewell tour, “This isn’t a funeral. This is a graduation.” For the actors involved in the films, it’s time for them to move onto different and more challenging roles. But the memory of this boy-wizard’s epic journey of family, friendships, and the fight against evil will never be forgotten.


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