Cert: 12 A Runtime: 130 mins Director: David Yates Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman
Harry Potter, the boy who lived… come to die
An incredible journey that began a decade ago finally arrives at its close with David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, as The Boy Who Lived comes face to face with He Who Shall Not Be Named in an epic showdown between good and evil.The final adventure in the Harry Potter film series follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they prepare for a final battle with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who is determined to kill Harry once and for all. In order to defeat Voldemort, Harry must find and destroy the Dark Lord’s last three Horcruxes.The biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.
Deathly Hallows part 2 ends this incredibly well produced saga with tremendous grace and a beautifully orchestrated climax that I am sure will satisfy both lovers of the books and films.If you have read the books as I have you will be glad to know major key moments are intact. Much is missing but I won’t dwell on that, no point, its how well this movie plays out and for me it rolls wonderfully between excitement, thrills and emotional drama towards a satisfactory (though a slightly rushed) conclusion.There are at least 2 sequences so powerful that I defy anyone not to at least stifle a tear or choke a little. One of those sequence is an exquisitely executed flashback that is pivotal to the whole story.
David Yates assured direction has nurtured our young actors in the last 4 films to blossom into even more adept actors who convey their characters with natural tones without overacting. Daniel Radcliffe had to carry this movie more than any other and has done so brilliantly complemented with great support from his two companions, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Pretty much all the characters we have met in all the movies have made an appearance in this finale but one actor stands out, Alan Rickman. His portrayal of Professor Snape has always been a joy to watch but here his scenes will leave a dramatic engraving in my memory. Here he elevates his portrayal of one of the most complex character in young adult literature to an unforgettable piercingly emotional one.Another actor who really shines in the few scenes that he has, is Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom who we see gradually transforming over the past films from the clumsy bullied boy to a brave warrior in this final film. Many other British thespians of the series also have their few moments to shine especially Maggie Smith’s Professor McGonagal who was a delight to watch as she takes charge of the defence of Hogwarts School.
The battles were stunning, I honestly cant think how it could have been done better as the film makers have intertwined heart stopping action with dramatic progressions in the narrative. Its actually more visceral and dynamic than the rather smaller scale battle of the brilliant novels.Bottom Line,would I say that it’s my favorite Potter film?possibly, but it does give an amazing sense of closure to the series. I was very emotional, the story did move me, so did the entire theater blubbering throughout the entire third act. It really hit home with the whole place. Never the less, Warner Brothers did an amazing job with this series. They didn’t slip up like most, and they gave the audience exactly what they wanted. Job well done.