Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ****


“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” brings to a close one of the greatest film franchises of all time.  It is a strange feeling to think that this is the last film.  Harry Potter movies have been coming out almost annually for ten years now.  Each film has been great in it’s own way.  This is technically the second half of a whole.  The first half came out last November.  Where it ranks in the series I can’t really say yet.  It needs to sink in that it is over first.

I will start by saying that this film does not disappoint.  The final battle between Voldomort’s forces and Harry Potter is nothing short of epic.  It is a show down that reduces most of our beloved Hogwarts to rubble.  Many of our favourite characters meet their end.  Director David Yates has crafted a finale that is as emotional as it is exciting and terrifying.

The first half of the movie basically ties up the business from the first half.  Harry, Hermione and Ron are still hunting for pieces of Voldomort’s soul called Horcruxs.  One of them may be locked up in a vault, deep in the bowels of Gringotts bank.  They enlist the help of a devious Goblin to gain access, finding themselves in the usual trouble. They escape on the back of a dragon no less.

Eventually they find themselves back at Hogwarts Castle, where Voldomort and his Death Eaters have surrounded the gates.  The students and the teachers remain inside, readying themselves for battle.

We also get the resolution to a lot of lingering side plots that have slowly developed throughout the years, the most important is the story of Severus Snape.  In his final moments, Alan Rickman brings him full circle with a heartbreaking revelation. 

This is truly the end of an era.  If you can, see it in 2D.  Don’t waste your time seeing it in 3D.  I have seen both and 3D diminished the image quite a bit.  Loyal fans deserve to see this movie without muddy dark glasses.


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