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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 film review
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
While I am not one of the individuals who waited on a 24 hour line to see the premiere of the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I did indeed see it recently by renting from the Red Box. I am glad I saw it. How could I not? Even if you are not one of the die hard fans of the Harry Potter franchise of books, films and nostalgia, you are probably at least a bit of a fan.
With this, the culminating film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, fans will not be disappointed. The special effects and plot alike offer great entertainment value. Be warned that many scenes are intense even for the PG-13 audience.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hogwarts school is under threat as the faculty and students loyally protect Harry Potter from the evil Voldemort. Actress Maggie Smith's beloved character Professor McGonagall uses a magic spell she has "always wanted to use" to cast the best protection over Hogwarts school. The entire sky over the school becomes like a presumably impenetrable shield and large stone statues complete with armor come to life to move forward and protect the school entrance like security guards.
Neville Longbottom, long time friend of primary team of three friends Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, takes on an integral role in many scenes of the film and becomes the unlikely hero on more than one occasion including when (with Professor McGonagall's prior permission) he blows up the bridge that would give the enemy and his army access to the school entrance.
It literally becomes an all out war with intense violence and casualties.
There are as many sad moments as there are light and happy ones. Prepare yourself emotionally as if you are watching a war film which you might not initially expect in the fantasy thriller Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
One of the big focuses of the film is the concentrating on the importance of finally destroying Voldemort. Different parts of his soul are said to be in "horcruxes". Each horcrux must be destroyed in order to destroy Lord Voldemort himself.
A very large snake named Nagini who always walks right alongside Voldemort is itself a horcrux.
We also learn the reason Harry Potter is always physically affected himself whenever Voldemort is injured. Throughout the film series we have seen Harry Potter holding his head for example as if in pain whenever Voldemort is attacked or hurt.
All dedicated viewers have known there is some connection. In this the final film of the series we learn if Voldemort dies will Harry Potter die too?
Additionally, ever wondered why Severus Snape always seems somehow like an almost likeable villian? In this installment of the Harry Potter film series we learn that he has really been a secret protector of Harry Potter disguised as an enemy with a vendetta against him.
During the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, we also get a glimpse of Professor Snape's own childhood memories and we learn that he once loved Harry Potter's mother (and never stopped loving her).
From all of the times Professor Snape tried to make Harry Potter feel inadequate and speak as if he came from a bad legacy by calling his father lazy what the Professor was really doing was projecting his jealousy for never having been able to marry Harry's mother himself.
Tragically, Professor Snape is one of the key characters that meets his demise in this the final Harry Potter film and we are saddened by this having learned that he is not at all the villain to Harry Potter that he was once thought to be.
After so much darkness and sadness, you might perhaps feel refreshed when you see the ending of this film as it fast forwards 19 years into the future.
Hogwarts school overcame its crisis and continues to operate for the future generations and we see who married who and bore children, what Harry Potter names his own son with a meaningful namesake, etc.
Life continues on.
This film is rated PG-13
I rate it 4/5 stars ****
Directed by David Yates. Based on the screenplay by Steve Kloves and novel by J.K. Rowling
Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix LeStrange, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, Maggie Smith as Professor Mirnerva McGonagall, Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom and others