Harry Potter comes to an end
Since 2001, audiences have flocked to the theater to see the Harry Potter and company fight against the forces of evil, namely Voldemort and his Death Eaters. However, July 14 marked the end of the Harry Potter era when The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released. Going into the final film, fans who haven’t read the books were sure to expect some surprises, while fans who have read the books were anxious to see how the final showdown would play on-screen.
The film begins where The Deathly Hallows Part 1 left off, with Voldemort violating Dumbledore’s casket to retrieve the “Elder wand”. The scene fades into Harry sitting at Dobby’s burial site, contemplating the trio’s next task. At this point, Harry makes the decision that the gang must break into the wizarding bank, Gingotts, in order to retrieve the next horcrux.
It’s at this point that I’ll stop discussing the plot, as it does not need to be ruined by a review. I will say, however, that the movie is very well done. David Yates has done a terrific job with the series since he took over as director of Order of the Phoenix, and has brought consistency to the past three parts of the Harry Pottersaga. However, there are definitely parts of the movie that will go over the heads of non-book readers, which is to be expected. My advice to you is to seek out a friend that has read the books and ask them what ever questions you have.
One of my favorite things about this film is seeing Daniel Radcliffe’s progression as an actor. During the span of the first four films, many people were quick to joke about Radcliffe’s performance as Harry Potter, stating he didn’t have the range needed to play such a conflicted character. But, in this final film, it’s plain to see that Radcliffe has developed his acting range and brought to life the emotions needed for the confrontation Harry Potter is facing.
The most enjoyable part of the movie, is the revelation of Severus Snape. Without spoiling any details, I will say that Alan Rickman has always done a fantastic job of playing everyone’s favorite potions master. In this final chapter, Rickman’s performance as Snape is extremely moving, and Snape’s story will really surprise most non-book readers.
For those who haven’t made it out to the theaters to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I urge you to go at once, and make sure to see a proper 2D screening. It’s sad to see the saga end, but as far as endings go, this is more than a fitting conclusion.