The end is nigh. The last installment to the massive multi-million dollar franchise is finally out, much to fan’s delight. Despite hints being dropped by the series author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the last film following the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends. Makers of the film knew full well that if the film didn’t live up to the fan’s expectations that they would be hung from the towers at the Harry Potter amusement park in Orlando, so they spared no expense at making it a thrilling and satisfying joy ride.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a direct sequel of course to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, which came out last year. The film was split into two parts in order to properly handle the massive amount of story the original novel had. This is also the piece which ties all the books and the entire plot together and helps the whole thing make sense. It’s best to watch the previous seven movies before even considering Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but anyone who hasn’t seen any of the other movies has probably been living their lives on the dark side of the moon.
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his two best friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are trying to stop the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, Clash of the Titans) from ruling the wizarding world with a neo-Nazi fist. In order to do this the gang has to find shards of the Dark Lord’s soul called Horcruxes which are hidden in various items and destroy them before he kills everyone trying to help them. At one point the entire plot boils down to a massive magic battle pitting good and evil against each other on the grounds of the kids’ beloved school, Hogwarts.
This film is probably the best in the series. This is not because the series is finally over and people can finally find something else to get excited about, nor is it because the book was probably the best in the series. This is the best film because the filmmakers brought their “A” game to this project. It shows in absolutely every aspect of the film, from fantastic visual designs of the castle, giant army of wizards and an amazing looking albino dragon to the surprisingly high quality of acting for a children’s storybook brought to life. There’s a big revelation in this film that becomes the crux of the entire Harry Potter story that was done so hauntingly well, I’d be hard pressed not to find someone who didn’t cry.
Overall this is a fan film franchise that has had its ups and downs but at least they ended with a massive amount of class and style that will be remembered for years to come. Definitely one worth seeing.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is rated PG-13 for some really awesome fight scenes.