Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

After 10 years the final film in the Harry Potter series is here – and it’s definitely very sad to see them all go…

Following on from The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, we’re thrown straight back into Harry, Ron and Hermione’s quest to find the remaining horcruxes so they can destroy Voldemort who now has one of the Deathly Hallows (the powerful elder wand). And this time, the fight is brought to Hogwarts which has been taken over by Snape who is now the headmaster. Keeping up? The decision to split the last book into 2 films was definitely a wise one going on from everything that’s happening here…action, drama, a few laughs, a lot of tears, and plenty of endings.

And the one thing this film has is plenty of brill action sequences – pretty much straight away there’s a chase in the Goblin bank Gringott’s and of course there’s the epic battles (or should I say straight out war) in Hogwarts that takes up most of the film: it’s so well choreographed with the camera getting right into the middle of the fights. In fact the whole film is again expertly directed by David Yates and every shot is beautiful to look at.

And boy is it sad too – I had completely forgotten about the scene with Snape and the look at his past:  it’s truly heartbreaking and Alan Rickman makes it so convincing – I was a wreck.

These excellent scenes almost make up for the fact that this one is in 3D…almost. It doesn’t need it. I would even go as far as saying it detracts from the drama sometimes – wearing glasses for scenes where characters are just talking is annoying and distracting. I barely even noticed the 3D in the action sequences anyway.

A few other little problems with the film, in my opinion, are again the things they’ve left out. It seems a bit redundant to go into too much detail about this as no book is going to be perfectly adapted into a film: they’re two different mediums. But one character is completely left out (and only briefly mentioned) who I think is very important – I won’t say who but the whole point of this missing character is to show their life is a reflection of Harry’s life as they’re left in the same situation Harry was born into (you’ll understand who I mean if you’ve read the book – or maybe you won’t coz I’ve made it too cryptic. Gah, anyway…).

And I wanted more Lupin and Tonks who are my favourite characters (she doesn’t even get a line which seems a bit mean – again I understand the film is focusing more on Harry, but still…NO LINE???). Oh and the epilogue – hmm is all I can say. Technology and make-up effects have come far, but apparently not that far.

But these are a few minor bad points coming from someone who has enjoyed and been a big fan of the books – as a film itself it’s amazing. And don’t let my complaints about certain things make it seem like I didn’t like it – I loved it and I think it’s on level with being my favourite HP film, next to The Prisoner of Azkaban of course.

One other thing worth mentioning is how much the kids have all matured acting wise (although not all of them – ahem, Ginny) especially the main three: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and especially Rupert Grint are all great and you really get a sense of the sadness they must have been feeling coming to the end of playing characters they’ve played for 10 years (and Emma Watson’s eyebrow acting is nowhere in sight thank god). Also Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom and who suddenly gets a hell of a lot more to do has improved since the last films – and it’s nice to see a character that was always sidelined finally come to the front.

So then…it’s all over. I think I’ve actually been putting this review off coz it’s hard to reflect on a series of films (and books) which I’ve grown up with and which have now ended forever. It’s very strange to not be looking forward to the next Harry Potter film coming out. And what the hell is everyone going to watch now???

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~ by square-eyed-geek on July 28, 2011.

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