Movie Review — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

by Ryan on July 17, 2011

in Anything Else,Media,Nostalgia,Pop Culture


In the final film of the Harry Potter series, Deathly Hallows Part 2, we finally see on film how the whole story plays out.  If you are a casual fan of the films, you will not be disappointed!  Leaving the theater I wanted more, not because it didn’t deliver, but it brings the viewer to such a crescendo, one doesn’t want it to end.  Alas, all things must end.  So, it is with the Harry Potter movie phenomenon, which before last Friday had already taken in roughly $6 billion worldwide and since Friday is already demolishing box office records!

Taken together, Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 are the best of the series — the best acted, having the most emotional intensity with superb special effects, all unfurling the last and most important moments of the seven-part epic.  Like Lord of the Rings, DH 1 and 2 should be considered as one movie considering Part 2 begins moments after Part 1 ends, and considering they came from the same book.

As a big fan, I found flaws in little things (rarely does any movie live up to the book), but I appreciated and respected the way certain scenes were condensed, certain ones lifted, and other ones drawn out.  I found no issues with the acting, except that Daniel Radcliffe and Bonnie Wright need to get pointers from Rupert Grint and Emma Watson on the issue of on-screen kissing during emotional moments.  Other than that, I believed it was pretty faithful to the book on all the big things.

I’m not going to give anything away in the film, leaving the spoilers for any comments people might leave below.  If you don’t know how it ends, see this movie.  If you do and want to be thoroughly entertained for 2:10, see this movie.  I give it a solid, unabashed A.

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