There’s one thing that is beyond debate: the story of Harry Potter, his friends and enemies has been one of the greatest literary and cinematic achievements of all time. Whether you love it, loathe it or float somewhere in between, there’s no denying that you know SOMETHING about it.
My history with Harry Potter isn’t complex but it’s hard to write a review about this movie in particular without making at least some reference to it. I have to admit that I haven’t read the books. Yet. I only heard of the books when they were on the fast-track to World-renown and I was one of those trend-snubbers who adamantly refused to pick up a book just because everyone else was doing it. The release of the first movie piqued my curiosity and from then on in I was hooked. It’s only a matter of time now before I pick up the novels to read about all the bits I apparently missed out on through transferral to the big screen.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part II) continues Harry, Ron and Hermoine’s search for the final Horcruxes that are key to the utter destruction of Voldemort – a search which is fraught with danger and obstacles as Voldemort grows more powerful (although it seems; not powerful enough to fix his nose…) and seeks to ensure his own victory over Harry and indeed the entire wizarding world.
The movie opens with scenes that allow a quick recap of (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Part I. I have to admit that, due to overwhelming grief at the loss of Professor Dumbledore, I had missed the first part of this final episode. Luckily, Wolf Brother filled me in on the drive to the cinema as well so I was up to speed by the time the lights dimmed in the theatre.
Once we’re all up caught up, the pace is amplified. Time is of the essence to our heroes and they are well aware of this fact. The plot travels well, pursued constantly by the gravity of the task at hand and the rising possibility of mortal danger. While Harry, Hermione and Ron battle their way towards each of the Horcruxes they need, they are met by opposition as Voldemort builds towards a final battle against Hogwarts and all that it stands for.
Without having read the books it’s impossible for me to identify how well the adaptation worked but as a “blank slate” viewer I have been impressed ever since “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by the acting, effects and strong storyline of the series. The characters are well developed through the storyline and the portrayals by the actors (ranging from extremely competent at worst all the way up to stellar) bring to life a complex, exciting and believable world.
As a fan of special effects, this movie feeds my appetite without overdoing it. With the recent explosion of 3D in Tinseltown, many movies are (in my mind at least) hurting themselves by overworking this angle. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part II) delivers an effective mix of effects and story, ensuring that viewers will be captivated by the magical visuals but won’t be blinded to the tale.
Those who stand with Harry face off against Voldemort and his co-conspirators in a battle to end all battles and this final movie reveals misaligned alliances, accidental heroes and the power of conviction – amongst other things. All in all I found it to be a fitting end to an excellent and captivating tale.
I give this movie 5 Golden Snitches out of 5.
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