Directed by : David Yates
Written by : Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling (novel)
Starring : Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
The final instalment in the Harry Potter films (8) is the second part of the final book (7) and is a worthy and fitting finish to the record breaking franchise; phenomenon would be more precise. If HPatDH1 suffered from some ponderous scene setting and the emptiness of incompleteness, then HPatDH2 reaps all the benefits of not having to bother with exposition and therefore is a super-charged ride all the way to its thunderous payoff and rightful conclusion.
One of the obstacles to be overcome in the previous movies, both good and bad ones, is that while remaining faithful to the books (and their massive and obsessive fan base) they had to make movies that also appealed to the casual viewer. For the most part this has been achieved but here it seems that all the bets are off and someone who is not familiar with the series or has seen the previous instalment will be lost.
This time our three magical friends Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) return, in a delightful completion of the circle, to their alma mater Hogwarts which is under attack from Dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) the slayer of Harry’s parents and intent on being a dominant world wide wizard. To neutralise Voldemort’s power they must destroy his remaining horcruxes, the receptacles of his divided soul and to achieve this Harry must procure the eponymous mythical items.
While the battle royal for Hogwarts is one worthy of any summer blockbuster, it also serves the purpose of a sort of roll call and farewell (some literally) for some favourite characters from the previous movies. But the real dramatic impetus of this instalment is the final showdown between Harry and his snake-faced nemesis embodying the battle between good and evil; loyalty and desertion; love and hate.
In all the other movies and indeed the books themselves and despite the magical realm the human element was always prevalent. Here the grand scale of the action is always underlined by the intimate and emotional aspects of normal human behaviour giving it a true third dimension and depth (rather than the unnecessary 3D) and therefore unlike other blockbusters on a similar scale we really care about the characters; we have all either grown up with or watched these kids grow into adulthood.
There is a wonderful epilogue where at once we are given a wistful look into the future with a true closing of the circle with the past. Ultimately all concerned (the actors seemed to have upped their game for this one) can be proud of their contribution to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and for their stewardship and safe delivery of a much loved pop culture institution.
“You’re a wizard, Harry” and so is this movie. What do you think about this movie. How was your experience of whole Harry Potter series. Which part do you like most. And who is your favorite character in the whole Harry Potter series. Share your thoughts in comments.
MoviesCrunch Rating – 8/10