Directed by David Yates, Starring: Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Matthew Lewis
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here. — (C) Warner Bros
I actually saw this movie at the midnight opening and have seen it again since then but I have not been home to write my review so that’s why it’s so late.
I have been a die-hard Harry Potter fan for the past eleven years. That means I have read all the books (at least once) and seen all the movies dozens of times (yes, to be a true HP fan you must read the books otherwise to call yourself a true fan is a disgrace). I bought the Deathly Hallows the day it came out and finished it in four days. I just couldn’t put it down. I have read it two other times since then and it’s easily one of my favorite books ever, but all the love for the books means that there is a high standard for the movie to live up to. Most of the other movies have done this pretty well and stayed true to the source. This last and final entry does that for the most part but it makes some mistakes as well. That being said I still very much enjoyed this final film in the franchise.
This movie really shows how much the three main leads have grown as actors. They really get their chance to shine in this movie and have great performances all around. All the other actors like Matthew Lewis (Neville) and Ralph Fiennes (Voldy) are great as well. The true standout in the movie though is Alan Rickman (Snape) who, while only in the movie for a few minutes, really shows how great of an actor he is (Anyone who has seen Die Hard already knows this). His scenes are the most emotional in the movie and it all is because of his great performance.
The film is also great on a technical level. The writing is fantastic, as usual, as are the special effects and cinematography. It really is a beautiful movie to watch from a visual standpoint, just like all the others in the franchise.
There are a couple of parts that, as a fan of the books, I didn’t like the direction they went in. In the book, much more is explained about Snape’s love for Lily and the connection he feels to Harry. I wish they had gone into this more in the movie instead of just mentioning it because it really was a very powerful part of the novel, but my main concern with the difference between the book and the movie is how much they changed the final battle. In the book, the final showdown between Harry and Voldy takes place in the Great Hall in front of everyone. During the battle, Harry goes on telling Voldermort why he can never win, and how pathetic he is, because he lived a life without love. Harry pretty much tells Voldermort that while he can try to live forever, he will never really be living because he never had or felt any love. It was such an amazing part of the book and it showed how much balls Harry had to put this powerful villan in his place. They completely ditched this in the movie and just had Harry and Voldermort just fighting all over Hogwarts. I really think it made the scene pretty anti-climatic and much less powerful than it was in the book. While these changes did anger me somewhat, I still really enjoyed the movie.
I think the movie could have been a little longer and a little less fast-paced, and it could have spent a little more time on the slow scenes. The last scene could have gone on for ten more minutes and I would still be happy(as with the Prince’s Tale scene). The movie is still very emotional, and filled with nostalgia for the other films and books. You might even want to bring tissues. It is just so sad for me and all the other Potter fans to say good-bye to this fantastic franchise, but we all know that Harry Potter will never be forgotten.
It’s a wonderful movie that’s filled to brim with nostalgia, visual spectacle and emotion but does have a few tiny faults because of its pacing and differences between it and the source material .
While that score is quite good, the movie will never be as good as the book. Reading the Harry Potter series should be one thing that all people should want to before they die.