Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II 3D
It all ends here. Part two of the climactic finale of the Harry Potter series (JK Rowling's last book, The Deathy Hallows, was split in two for the movies) brings the epic to a close, including the final showdown between Voldemort and Harry, and the destruction of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After destroying one Horcrux and discovering the significance of the three Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron and Hermione continue to seek the other Horcruxes in an attempt to destroy Lord Voldemort. However, now that the Dark Lord has obtained the yet unbeatable Elder Wand, he aims to complete his final stage to ultimate power and launches an attack on Hogwarts School, where the trio return for one last stand against the dark forces that threaten to take over the Wizarding and Muggle worlds.
Joining the cast this time is Ciarán Hinds as Aberforth Dumbledore, brother of Albus.
- Steve Kloves (based on the book by J.K. Rowling)
Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy, 3D
Rating: M contains supernatural themes & violence
Speaking as a casual viewer of the Harry Potter franchise – i.e. someone who has never read the books and won’t bawl their eyes out when the finale fades to black – Deathly Hallows: Part II still strikes me as a perfectly acceptable capper to the series. In parts, the film seems rushed – there’s an unmistakable feeling of stepping-up to reach the end – but it helps to remember that it’s essentially one long sustained climax, the conclusion of an entire saga. Certain plot points will remain incomprehensible to non-fans, but there’s so much glorious, eye-filling incident to be had that it won’t be an issue while you’re watching it (post-film reflection is another story…).
As much as Part I was table-setting for the inevitable, Part II pulls out all the stops with its wand-wielding spectacle and dramatic twists, leaving much of Hogwarts in ruins as Potter (Radcliffe, acting his heart out) searches for the remaining horcruxes to defeat Lord Voldemort. So it’s a pretty bleak – and relatively humourless – two hours, complete with a serious body count and the demise of a central character that achieves a blunt, brute force rarely seen in the other films. But in-between all the tumult and tragedy are those glimpses of levity – Ron and Hermione pashing, McGonagall (Maggie Smith) gleefully weaving a spell she’s always wanted to – that remind us of what charmed us to Potterverse in the first place. Part II is imperfect, but it’s an exciting, appropriately epic and for the most part, emotionally satisfying finish that should please its rabid fans and the others who’ve stuck around never realising they’d be cast under the spell of a young wizard for seven films.
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Thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling, Deathly Hallows Part II brings the Harry Potter franchise to a satisfying -- and suitably magical -- conclusion.
must watch in 3D
A fitting end to the series, enjoyable for the young and young at heart. great 3D effects
Tear jerking heart pounding goodbye though supported by predeccessors
For all the fans who have been following, it was a great goodbye and a fit ending to our life with Hogwarts.
Loved this movie compared to the book, which I am sorry to say, fell flat at the end.
Loved the way we got to revisit each pivotal location one last time and loved the contrast from the once happy place to the dark time. So fitting.
Though his reveal-ance of his true character was a tear jerker I wish it portrayed the darker side of Harry's father - with which, we would've gained paramount respect of Snape's hate towards Harry as well as Harry's gratitude towards the end. Where was the vision of James teasing Snape? Should have been there.
Also, did anybody noticed the child Lily had brown eyes? Weird.
One thing that got to me was the way Voldemort died. The fourth movie had a more epic moment between the two characters than this one did. WIth the likes of Avatar and Transformers effects I was expecting this final moment to be much more intense than it was. It was as if Voldemorts death, though expected, didn't have enough focus by the writers.
Professor Mcgonagal was LOVELY
The ending scene was beautiful, Emma Watson was the perfect mother I expected her to be - this was much better done than the book even, in my mind.
Funny that Ginny never really seems as important to Harry as Ron and Hermione are, and funnier still when they close up on the four at the end, and she all too quickly zooms out of the shot.
Still the fans and her characters emergence versus Cho's dismissal, always felt was quite sudden. It didn't provide adequate time for audiences to adjust to Harry's change of preferences.... Still, a great farewell for FANS.
All in all loved it but I do feel my love was more supported by my life's journey with the whole series rather than this movie standing on its own.
The final battle
This is a awsome movie its the great way to end a series i loved it im going to see it again this weekend
100% worth losing sleep over, by watching the 12:01am premiere. I was nervous about the 3D aspect, but it completely added to the viewing experience - I don't regret the extra money I spent for that. Too. Epic! :D
The Tale Of The Boy Who Lived Comes To A Magical End
As a fan of the books and the films that have sprung from them, it is bittersweet to see that after a decade of huge success at the box office, the tale of Harry Potter comes to an end.
The film picks up directly where the first installment of the Deathly Hallows left us as Voldemort begins his journey to kill the one thing that stands in the way of his new world order, and that is Harry Potter.
The pacing for the first half of the film is relentless as we follow the 3 heroes on their quest to stop "He Who Must Not Be Named". It is engaging and thrilling, yet when the story backs off to let us in on certain plot points it is staggering like you've just jumped into a cold bath after a hot shower.
Though, once this speed resumes with a fantastic improvement to the final battle sequence that almost felt like it was a non-event in the book, we end up in a state of levity at it's conclusion.
Everyone is on display acting wise in this film, and it's marvelous to see how far our 3 heroes have come with their character still intact yet with newfound wisdom found over the 7 years we have joined them (story wise).
Daniel Radcliffe plays the consistently on form Harry Potter alongside Ralph Fiennes amazing embodiment of the antagonist, while Emma Watson and Rupert Grint provide the humour and smarts that help alleviate some of the darker moments of the film.
Maggie Smith with such little screentime, dominates again with her brilliant portrayal of the always caring Professor McGonagall, stealing a scene with a particular charming little spell and Michael Gambon continues his great portrayal of that of Professor Dumbledore.
Yet, much like the books, it has always been one character in the background that ties it all together outside of the viewers eye, and that is Severus Snape portrayed as if he were truly that person by Alan Rickman. Without the emotional tether created in this installment, the story would fall apart, but Rickman brings it all to the table, providing the gravity needed to sell us on all that has passed.
After 10 years and 7 films prior, it is a grand feat to provide a film that closes off the saga on par with those before.
This is not a perfect film by any means, but it is one that finishes the tale of the Boy Who Lived in a way he deserves, reminding us why we all fell in love with the tale originally.
And it will be told (or viewed) by many more, over years to come.