Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


It all ends. For Harry Potter fans all over the world, this film marks our last big hurrah. I was privileged to be part of a generation of children who grew up right along with the characters. When book seven was released, we still had the films to look forward to — that little bit of hope to keep our imaginations alive, and hold onto our childhoods. Now our wait comes to a bittersweet end. One will need comfortable seats for this ride, along with arm rests suitable for clutching. Clocking in at more than two hours, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is a rollercoaster of emotions, from thrills and sadness to triumph and joy. Watching these children grow up into seasoned actors has been one of the joys of the series, and they are all at their absolute best here. The golden trio, Daniel Radford (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ronald Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), have matured into fine actors, conveying their emotional struggles and physical tolls with heartbreaking perfection. The adults are all in top form, as well. Not since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban have the older actors really had the chance to shine, taking a backseat to teenage angst and special effects. In Deathly Hallows, Maggie Smith as Professor McGonnagall is able to show her true skills as a fierce and powerful witch. And the excellent Alan Rickman shows just why he was chosen to play the tragic Professor Snape. Don’t worry, there is plenty of action, too. The final battle is long but beautifully filmed and orchestrated, culminating in the tense, thrilling finale between Harry and Voldemort that we have all been waiting for. It doesn’t disappoint. So, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 marks a perfect ending to one of the most beloved franchises in film history, I will say that I look forward to seeing it live on. Families will sit down with their children to read the books and see the movies, and new generations of “Potter Kids” will grow up right along with the students of Hogwarts, just as I did.

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