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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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I want to speak to the goblin

  • Sep 28, 2011
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+5
Not having seen all the Harry Potters I went to see this on opening weekend with friends who updated me on part 1 to bring me up to date.

If you have not seen Deathly Hallows part 1, or the previous Potters here is what you need to know. Harry Potter, young wizard with friends, gets into trouble (again) and uses magic to get out (again). Mortal enemy Voldemort intends to get him and rule the magical world with his evil powers. He must be stopped before it's too late. His soul is in seven different locations. Some of these have already been found in part 1. In order to win against this enemy HP must find all these remaining portions, and destroy them, and in so doing end Voldemort's reign.

Another key character is Snape played by Alan Rickman, who also goes by the name of Severus. His role in previous movies has been occasional ally, occasional foe. Here his role will be completely defined, and understood.

Voldemort needs serious plastic surgery, particularly, a nose job, an ear job, and eyebrow implants. You would think with all his magical powers that he might work some magic on his appearance first, but no!

Not being an HP aficionado, I did enjoy the movie. We watched in 3D. I think it would be just as enjoyable in 2D.

One thing I enjoyed about the movie were the turns of phrase:

'I want to speak to the goblin.' We found this quite amusing.

'The wand chooses the wizard.'

'If you ask you will never know. If you know, you need only ask.'

'If no one alive has ever seen it, then let's ask someone dead.'

'Now is the time to come forward or be destroyed.' Voldemort.

The deeper you go into the movie the better it gets, as you get drawn into what is particularly Harry Potter, goblins, invisible swords, diodems, as the train pulls out of Hogwarts for the last time. Finally you get a sense of clarity, and even some unexpected emotion at what happens to key characters. Those will they, won't they moments. Even those life and death moments.

Obviously, HP has kept the British acting industry employed for several years, and made Emma Watson the world's highest paid actress according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Having seen four of the series, this is the best one I have seen. The quality of the movie, direction, acting, story is top notch, demonstrates that Britain also can produce not only the James Bond franchise, and Harry Potter, but also many other movies that can rival the best of Hollywood. Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand, so it's great to see diversity in filmmaking, not just in Hollywood but all over the world.

You may have noticed that Harry Potter continues its magic ways, conjuring $168 million at the box office on its opening weekend, making it the highest opening weekend ever for any movie, surpassing Dark Knight. Now that's magic. I wonder if you found this review helpful.

Will Potter return? I would not be surprised if there was a spinoff of some kind.

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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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