Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 (2011)
Finally, the end has arrived. These are the moments Harry Potter fans the world over have long awaited. Many have read the last book (at least thricely) by the time part 2 hits the by screen, and as the final book of the epic saga delivered the goods so too did the film. Deathly Hallows part 2 is the ultimate ending to this franchise.
If you came here for vast reading in the form of a review, then prepare to be disappointed. Not much can be said about this flick. It kind of has to be experienced. It possesses the scope and feeling that has been anticipated since year one of Hogwarts. Picking up right where part 1 left off, the narrative of part 2 is a slow, intense build toward an epic and climactic final act. Even after multiple viewings, it’s still gripping to watch events unfold and to witness the ending of a story that has been building toward this point for near a decade.
All the actors in this film really brought forth top notch performances. The Three kids really lead the charge both as actors and as the focal point of the story. Matthew Lewis again shines through (following his brief moment in Order of the Phoenix) as Neville Longbottom and brings a mature and heartfelt performance. But, once again, it’s Alan Rickman that steals the show. Rickman has strong yet nuanced moments throughout but, without spoiling too much, his greatest moment happens in a flashback sequence. That moment completely changes the perception of the character forever, and not just because of the way it was written.
Visually speaking, this movie is huge. Obviously the effects are cleaner and more seamless and add to the drama of the story. Seeing Hogwarts under siege is honestly quite a site to behold. Seeing the familiar silhouette of the school in flames creates a serious emotional impact. And the action is wonderfully put together. The cinematography enhances the story and creates an engaging feeling for the film. Bottom line, this film is exactly the end to the cinematic saga of Harry Potter and his wizarding world. Part 2 of Deathly Hallows,