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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The second part of the two-part finale to the Harry Potter franchise released in 2011.

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A worthy conclusion to an amazing series.

  • Jul 18, 2011
And so here we are, the end of the line. After 10 years and billions of dollars in ticket sales, much critical acclaim and millions upon million of people entertained, we have the final installment in the Harry Potter saga. Is it everything the fans could hope for?

Basically, yes.

The film picks up where last year's film, the aptly-named Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, left off. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson), are all hiding out at a beach house. Dobby the house elf has died and been buried. Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), is dead (and despite that state, he still gets more to do here than he did in the recent Doctor Who Christmas special), Snape (Alan Rickman), is in charge of Hogwart's, and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), is on the rise. All is grim and doom for our heroes.

But in typical Potter fashion, Harry doesn't take it lying down. He bribes one of the Gringott's goblins (Warwick Davis, playing one of his two roles in this movie), to help him and his friends get a sword from the vault. This launches them back into the fight and in quick order they've dealt with a dragon, defended Hogwart's (with no small number of deaths on both sides), and everyone, especially Harry, has grown and changed.

I really liked that everyone had something to do in this story. Ron and Hermione get their own little adventure getting a basilisk fang, Snape gets the most character development he's had in the entire series (and proves that, in many ways, he's the real hero of the stories, not Harry), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith, who would make an excellent Granny Weatherwax, should those books ever get made into movies), organizes the Hogwarts defenses in a battle that includes most of the best actors in the UK, including Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, David Thewliss and Miriam Margolyes (who would make an excellent Nanny Ogg, should those books ever get made into movies). Even Draco gets something to do, and proves that he's not an evil little thing like he's been set up to be in the past.

For those of us who were at all concerned that the producers might pull a few punches in order to keep this a "kids" movie, worry not. The level of death and destruction is quite high. Everyone that I can recall dying in the book, dies here, some in more spectacular ways than others. The film also does a great job of sustaining an atmosphere of dread and fear, eventually leading to... well, you know what it leads to. Frankly, the make-up job in the end scene got several laughs in my theater, though I thought it was just fine.

I also appreciated the fact that, frankly, this movie flowed better than the book. Much as I liked the novel, it was, as I've mentioned before, a bit of Harry Potter and the Endless Camping Trip. Here there's none of that. I think the producers made an excellent choice in breaking this up into two separate films. It really benefited the material.

This is usually the part of the review where I say, "Not everything is perfect," but really I can't think of a single thing to complain about. I would definitely recommend against seeing this in 3-D, for what that's worth. All you're going to get is a darker, washed-out version of a movie that already has a fairly dark palette. Don't cheat yourself like that.

The Harry Potter movies and books have been a real cultural triumph and the fact that even the weakest among them have still been better than much of what's out there is no small accomplishment. Kudos to everyone involved for making a truly great series!

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July 20, 2011
Very nice write up, CR!
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 epic fantasy film directed by David Yates and the second of two films based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and Rowling. The story continues to follow Harry Potter on a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The supporting cast features Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith.

Principal photography began on 19 February 2009 and was completed on 12 June 2010, with the final day of reshoots taking place on 21 December 2010 marking the series' closure of ten years of filming. Part 2 was released in both 2D and 3D cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2011. It was also screened in IMAX cinemas from the same date.

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Director: David Yates
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: July 15, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Steve Kloves
Runtime: 130 minutes
Studio: Heyday Films, Warner Bros. Pictures
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