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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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The Endgame To The Harry Potter Saga Presents A Bittersweet Close....

  • Jul 16, 2011
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For me, the “Harry Potter” movie franchise has been more or less a hit or a miss. I liked its main premise of the introductions of a boy into the world of wizardry that results into the character’s maturity and finally realizing that such a beginning could only end in an epic tale of heroism, of commitment to peace even under the shadow of war. I was never a fan of the “Harry Potter” saga (though I saw each and every movie), and I began to like the franchise after the return of Voldemort since it became much darker, it was the hand of storytelling that only J.K. Rowling could’ve achieved in her books adapted into film. I still maintain that I am not of a fan of the entire movie franchise, but I would be lying if I said that to judge one movie separately from the other would be fair to its saga.

Quite frankly while I liked part one of the “Deathly Hallows”, I thought it could’ve been edited much better; true, it tried its best to be faithful to the books but now I realize that it was more of an effort to build the climactic endgame and to wrap things up. Part two of “Deathly Hallows” is where everything comes full circle, and director David Yates and scripter Steve Kloves did a splendid job in bringing the last two parts of the franchise to life.

                     Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

                    Helena Bonham Carter and Rupert Fiennes in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

                    Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

After the events of the previous film, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is now in possession of the elder wand and is now rallying his dark forces into finally taking total control of Hogwarts and to finally end the existence of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe). Joining Harry in the final stages of his quest to destroy the Horcruxes (remnants of Voldemort’s evil soul) are Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) as the lines of battle are being drawn and allegiances are being made and secrets revealed. It is the final battle between good vs. evil, with Hogwarts as the battleground, and it is up to Harry to summon every ounce of courage and commitment to face his supreme nemesis…..

Part one of the “Deathly Hallows” are about Harry and his quest, It was all about the realization of destiny, of going deeper into the secrets and the immovable power of friendship. Part two is about the war about to be waged in the halls of Hogwarts. “Deathly Hallows” parts one and two should really be judged as one movie, since one cannot stand without the other. The direction takes our young heroes to the definition of heroism, of courage and the shadow of war. “Harry Potter” may not be as awe-inspiring as Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” saga, but it exceptionally well-rounded for its target audience. What makes the film click is the way it portrays its finalities much more darker and yet it never loses its sensibilities as a movie meant for everyone.

                             Matthew Lewis in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

                             Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

                             Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

“Deathly Hallows part two” is an incredibly dark motion picture, and part two is all about raising the thrills, excitement and suspense as built up in the first chapter. Yates and scripter Steve Kloves do succeed. The direction was very capable in sustaining the creativity and boldness he had established in the franchise since he took over the helm as director. The thrills of “Deathly Hallows” doesn’t mostly come from exciting wizard battles though the battles mustered up enough violence as a PG-13 rating would allow, the crux of its thrills comes from revelations and answers; all the details of the seven films began to make more sense as it focuses more on explanations and revelations. Yet, Yates did manage to keep a hold on the urgency of the matter as he expresses it through action, the uneasiness of violence and “wand-slinging” scenes of struggle.

In this film, Yates was able to keep a balance with the introduction of new characters and even the re-emergence of old faces amid all the action and revelations. I was impressed how he used the assault on Hogwarts as a way to make new elements work as a new ghostly Helena Raven law (played Kelly MacDonald) makes a memorable appearance. The direction also competently juggles the community that resides within the school, as lines are drawn, alliances are formed and even severed. Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) becomes another memorable face as he becomes a heroic figure, as he is handled as someone who had achieved growth and maturity by standing firm in the defense of Hogwarts.

                       Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

                       Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

                       Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

                       Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Performances from the main cast are excellent. I could truly believe the bond shared by our heroic threesome and I was led to easily buy into the fact that they cared for one another. Harry comes into full realization of his past, and of this curse, and while it wasn’t exactly a surprise, Yates did a marvelous job working on the reactions and the emotions of those details through Harry and his friends. True, there were some scenes that appeared to take an odd turn as Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) makes an appearance and presents a welcome twist of past events, it was all meant to build up on the final encounter between Harry and Voldemort. The visual effects of the film were perfect for its mood and tone, as Yates also brings giants, huge spiders, trolls, goblins, dragons and specters to make the assault on Hogwarts even more exciting. The film isn’t too violent, and whatever violence and casualty it had were meant to exemplify heroism and its maturity. It was a act of examination and enviable action, as our hero goes forth to realize and fulfill his destiny.

“Deathly Hallows” part two is about war, combat and conclusiveness. Yates had a careful hand in balance, and the film offers a great epilogue to finally communicate the things that Harry was fighting for. It was a simple ending, while I loved the climax to “Star Wars” and “Return of the Jedi”, and the majesty of “Return of the King‘s” ending will forever be unmatched; the ending to “Deathly Hallows“ was very refreshing and cemented the idea that while Potter was a wizard, he is very human and this makes him very likable. Yes, I am not the franchise’s target audience, but I have to say that once you judge the franchise as a whole, (despite my mixed feelings of the other films in the series) it all turned out pretty darned good.

It has been a decade since I was introduced to “Harry Potter” and I have to say, it almost feels like the movies have become a yearly tradition. The two-part series exemplified maturity, heroism and friendship that one would be hard-pressed to say that it was done better elsewhere in a movie within its genre and target audience. It was also fun to see the actors mature along with its characters and clearly the series was a well-intentioned, ambitious one. There is much to celebrate with “Deathly Hallows” and oftentimes saying farewell can be bittersweet.

Highly Recommended! [4+ Out of 5 Stars]

Poster art for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 3D." Character poster art for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 3D."


 
 
 
 
 
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July 23, 2011
Like Frank, I never could fully embrace these films. I got to around the 4th if memory serves before bailing out but perhaps now that the definitive ending is complete, perhaps a revisit is in order. Excellent writeup regardless of my own misgivings toward the franchise. The other day I happened upon an article online that highlighted the biggest flop Harry Potter "wannabes". Couldn't believe how many there were! Or for that matter, how poorly they all did at the boxoffice. Great work as usual my man.
July 24, 2011
Admittedly I was never the target audience for this Potter flicks, but even I have to acknowledge quality when it does stay true to maintream sensibilities and has the guts to go a little 'dark'. I think I started to get into the series after Voldemort got into the picture and the characters became much more complex. This does have a fanatical following. Thanks, Jay! Any new reviews?
 
July 20, 2011
Very nice review, William. I'm hoping to hit this one up in a week or two. Thanks for the recommendation!
July 20, 2011
thank you for the read, Adri! I missed yah! I may call you again before I go on vacay.....
July 21, 2011
N/P. I know...been crazy busy...when do you go on vacation again? We're probably going to be out of town all week come next week...so we might have to chat when you return.
July 21, 2011
I'll be on vacation in the first weeks of August. I am trying to get a lot done since my internet usage then will be extremely limited. We'll chat before I go.
July 22, 2011
You are going on vacation right when I'm coming back home from my travels! We're going to be in SB all week starting tomorrow. Although, I'm sure we will talk before you leave and I come back. ;)
 
July 17, 2011
You hit us again with another great review! I never got into the Potter series, but it may not hurt for me to give them a try from the beginning.
July 17, 2011
Thanks, Brenda. I guess to like the series, one needs to accept what the target audience for them are. I am not necessarily its intended viewer, but even I can be taken by credible direction and storytelling.
 
July 17, 2011
Wonderful review as usual, i think the darkness of this series sets in as it goes along and the kids mature and realize that they really are in a life or death situation from the time of Voldemorts return in the Goblet of Fire to the end. You suprise me though, i would have taken you for a reader of the book series if not a fan of the movies.
July 17, 2011
That is some good commentary. I can truly say that you know your Harry Potter stuff. I like the way "Deathly Hallows" took the three major characters out of their comfort zone and in the real world they learned how to cope and trust their instincts much more. "Deathly Hallows" gave the characters a more realistic sense of humanity which I liked.

I haven't read the entire book series yet, and I really had mixed feelings about the movie series. The time when Voldemort emerged was when I started watching the movies in theaters, after the first movie I was just going for a rental.
July 17, 2011
I agree the books got alot more interesting when the kids stepped out of the classrooms and into the real world. It makes them seem less like fictional characters and more relateable to us muggles lol
July 17, 2011
LOL!! you are the second person in this thread that implied that I was a muggle :)
July 17, 2011
Well unless u have some abilities that i dont...you are a muggle lol
July 17, 2011
secret abilities? I'd rather not say LOL!
 
July 17, 2011
Great review WP, you know why I want to see this - Helena Bonham Carter.
July 17, 2011
She really embodies bellatrix lestrange almost perfectly compared to the character in the book. Shes an excellent actress and is perfect for her role in these movies.
July 17, 2011
I agree with Meghan. Helena did a great job in her role. She is a great actress with a wide range.
July 17, 2011
here you are, Alex...

July 17, 2011
YYEEESSSSSSS, thanks WP.
 
July 16, 2011
Great review as usual. Very thoughtful and well written...I especially liked it because you agreed with me. LOL. I actually hated Part ! but this one, was the best of the series. Seeing Captain America on tuesday. I have no idea who Captain America is.
July 16, 2011
Yes, I like the first part, since it complemented this one. But I have to say the editing on the first part can be seen as sluggish. Captain America? Hold on...I am about to do a review on one of his more famous story arcs and maybe a hype on review. Excited to hear about your thoughts on it!
July 16, 2011
I'm sure they'll be many...especially from John So I guess I better google Mr. Capt. America.
July 16, 2011
Cap is one of my favorite Marvel characters. Maybe this will help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_America
July 16, 2011
OMG He has a bigger bio than Johnny Depp. Thanks for sending that. I'll definitely read it before seeing the film. The film definitely has alot to live up to. It better be good or they'll be many many pissed off fans
July 17, 2011
Please let me know once you post that Capt. A. review, I am trying to get off early to see it...
July 17, 2011
Will do. We're seeing it tuesday so it will be Wednesday for sure
 
July 16, 2011
By jove, I think we've converted this muggle into a Potter fan... maybe. LOL! Glad you enjoyed it. I'm off to see it tomorrow with friends and hope it lives up to our expectations. I was a little let down with part one, so hopefully part two isn't as choppy in the editing department and can better deliver the emotional closure that these characters deserve.
July 16, 2011
It was good. I thought Yates did a great job mixing up drama, action and its revelations. I have to say, I started to really get into it after the return of Voldemort. One thing that I forgot to mention that I thought the movie also had a lot of fan service, since viewer reaction/applause was steady. I do have to say that they could've easily edited parts one and two together, and it would've become a brilliant film. I agree that the editing in the first part wasn't polished (it could've stuck to a 120 minute feature), but this was more, shall we say faster paced. Let me know what you think tomorrow.
July 17, 2011
How much you wanna bet H-wood is going to try doing spin-offs of the franchise? I can see it now...the son of Harry Potter. ugh.
July 17, 2011
Legally they can't which is the beauty of it. An animated TV series is in the works (groan) and there are rumors that Rowling may at some point tell the tales of other wizards and witches in book form, but I don't foresee any films after this unless a new HP book comes out, which is doubtful.
July 17, 2011
Hey, you're a Harry Poozer! LMFAO!
July 17, 2011
that's Mr. Harry Poozer for you.... LOL
 
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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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