Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 review

David Yates
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Ralph Fiennes
Alan Rickman
Matthew Lewis
Rated: PG-13

The final adventure picks up immediately after The Deathly Hallows Part 1, jumping right into a phase of what to do next. The film starts with our trio of protagonists regrouping at Ron’s brother’s house and decide to ask the goblin who was captured in Part 1 to break into Gringotts to find another Horcrux.

After doing so the group returns to Hogwarts, where they are met by Neville (Lewis), and the rest of the students. Harry soon confronts Snape in front of the school with The Order of the Phoenix which leads the students and teachers of Hogwarts to make a final stand against Voldemort and his army.

It may seem like I explained a lot, but I really didn’t. All of this happens towards the beginning of the film and it sets up for one gigantic battle that encompasses nearly the entire movie. Looking at the plot, it has to be sided up with it’s predecessor, otherwise it’s just one big action scene. However, this is just the finale, all of the exposition, urgency and details have been set up by the ending of the sixth and part one of Deathly Hallows.

With that being considered, the pacing really works well and it is a great climax to part one. At this point in the series, we know everything that is going on, everything is set up and we as the audience are ready for the big battle, not needing to need any extra sub plots introduced. There also was an epilogue at the end. I won’t say what happened, I’ll just say that it was alright, not perfect, and at times a bit odd, but alright.

The acting, as I’ve said with past Harry Potter films, is really good. These actors have been together for a decade and it has really shown with the level of chemistry they have. The actors know their characters and they know how to interact giving a very natural level to their performance. This helps make the movie more believable which is the best thing one can have in a fantasy film.

All the characters have their spot in the sun, too, especially Neville who really becomes one of the heroes of the whole situation. Other characters who had epic moments included Mrs. Weasly and Professor Mcgonagall, who both have awesome wizard duels. If I have to nitpick, though, I still don’t like the Harry/Ginny relationship, I never found it believable.

During a marathon of  re-watching the whole film series, I think the two had a total of around maybe 45 minutes of screen time together through eight movies. Come on, for a romance for the main character, you should be able to do better than that.

The special effects of the movie were of course, well done. This is one of those film series that use special effects to help enhance a story, and not the other way around like some other movies out there. All the action scenes that take place in the film are meaningful and have impacts on the outcome of the story. Not only that, they look awesome, too. The epic battle scenes were exciting and kept the thrills going very well.

In the end, Part 2 of the epic finale is a really good climax to a story. On its own it isn’t perfect, but looking at it as a final part to Part 1, it really works. And as a whole The Deathly Hallows Part 2 gives a great ending to a huge franchise. Deathly Hallows Part 2 gets a very high 4 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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