Movie Reviews

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” (2011)

Warning: SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW

Bigger than Team Jacob or Team Edward, good versus evil has been the biggest debate for the better part of the past ten years with the Harry Potter franchise. With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 opening this weekend, one wizard’s legacy comes full circle.

The end of an era is upon us. I won’t bore you with repeating the synopsis of the film, anyone going to see it knows what to expect. The final showdown between Harry Potter and Voldemort is only part of what makes Deathly Hallows, Part 2 an amazing film. While some of the imagination is lost, the film succeeds in so many ways.

While some fans and critics were disappointed with splitting the final book into two films, I think it was smart in many ways. The first film was used as the set-up. The tone was much darker, and Part 1 felt a lot more raw than any of the other Harry Potter films. The second film had everything: humor, suspense, action, mystery, and romance. If they had tried to make Deathly Hallows into a single film, it would’ve failed easily.

Visually, the film looks stunning. While you can tell there are certain parts that were crafted for 3D, it doesn’t disrupt how the film flows at all. The newly filmed flashbacks also look amazing, the CGI seems flawless, and there really isn’t anything to complain about aesthetically.

The film isn’t perfect though. Many will argue that the ending wasn’t the greatest, whether it be the final battle between Voldemort or the 19 year later epilogue, the minor flaws really don’t outweigh the benefits. It never seemed like an injustice was done, it felt like some creative liberties took place.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 featured small cameos from some characters from past films. While the film series didn’t do the best job at keeping some of the professors in all the films, the little nods from prior films was a nice creative touch from the creative end.

There are going to be fans and critics that thought this film was the best of the franchise. There are still those that don’t believe any of the films did justice. Luckily, all these films stand up in quality and a healthy debate can ensue now that the saga is over. The film did its purpose here, and while sad, it was a fitting end to a magical franchise.

Final Grade: 9.75/10

Have you seen the movie? Do you agree or disagree? We would love to hear your opinion on the film or the franchise as a whole. Sound off!

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  1. I agree completley! I loved the fact that the books were put to life on the big screen and I think even though many of the films went through many directors they didn’t try and switch up any of the main characters…with the exception of the death of the first dumbledore. I really enjoyed that they kept all the characters the same actors, even the supporting roles. What I loved about the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was that it was very pleasing to the eye with all the great stunts and “movie magic”. However, I do feel a little jipped when it comes to the death scenes of special characters. I wish they would have spent just a tad longer on those. I did love the ending when they were all grown up, even though it looked a bit cheesy, it was how JK Rowling wrote it and I’m glad they decided to “age” the main characters to look older. Also I think it would be a little hard to find look alikes for the already adult actors! But all in all I cried at the end of a legacy! I’m so glad I was a part of this fantastic phenomenon!

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