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July 17, 2011
Review - " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - part 2 "
(in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Directed by: David yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph
Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim
Broadbent, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma
Thompson, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon

Ten years have gone, and eight film later, the Harry Potter film series
has ended. A whimsical fantasy story targeted towards children,
attracting adults as well, has undergone multiple directors, ultimately
becoming darker as the series progressed. Since the fourth film
adaptation, complaints about how the films truncate the complexity of
the story, a complaint among most literary adaptations, was taken into
account for the epic conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows and was split into two films. We have now watched three young
English pre-teens grow up into powerful, clever, and talented wizards,
and their education in and out of Hogwarts culminates in this eighth
incarnation of the Harry Potter series.

Without hesitation, the film picks up immediately where the first part left
off. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Harmione (Emma Watson), and
Ron (Rupert Grint) continue to seek out the last remaining Horcruxes
before Voldermort retrieves them. Voldermort continues to place
pressure on the trio and Hogwarts to find Potter. The inevitable battle
between Potter and Voldermort gets closer and closer.
Without returning to the previous films,
or having an in-depth knowledge of the
Potter-verse, it can be daunting trying to
catch up so quickly when the film opens.
The story however moves at a much
quicker pace than its previous part and
brings the casual spectator and
non-exclusive Potter fans up to speed
over time. Despite the inevitable final
battle, the film properly keeps the plot on
pace as Harry and the gang look for the
final Horcruxes.

Both parts of this final installment were
filmed together, which assists in the
matching of tone and story. Things amp
up to unbelievable levels of excitement in
this final saga and the final battle
between good and evil is like nothing
you've ever seen. In fact, the entire
movie is like one, big thrill-ride, filled
with action-packed sequences that
will leave you completely breathless.

There's so much in this film that
delivers catharsis. There's been so
much tension between Ron and
Hermoine and finally we get to see
them express their love for each other
and it is beautiful and inspiring. Then
there's the revelation about Snape,
which is so wonderful because I've
never believed that he was as bad as
everyone was making him out to be.
He's kind of like the Newt Gingrich of
Hogwarts. I really always believed
Dumbledore and finally - vindication!
Then, of course, there's the battle
between Harry and Voldemort, which
is everything a fan would hope for.
The final cathartic moment is the
coda, where we see Harry in the future -
so beautiful, so touching. And Ginny, so
beautiful, like Grace Kelly and Natalie
Portman rolled into one, with red hair.

Whether it’s gargantuan action set
pieces, quiet moments of reflection, or the
final glimpses of beloved characters (and
the actors who play them), “Hallows” is
scene for scene—and nearly shot for
shot—the kind of visual wonder only
someone proficient in both blockbuster
entertainment and soulful artistry can
conceive. It’s also, of course, an
emotional roller-coaster of tear-jerking
tragedy, rousing heroics and long-awaited
closure. If you’ve made any investment at
all in these characters over the years, it’s
impossible not to be hugely moved by
their final acts of courage and love in the
face of an ultimate evil.

Harry Potter and friends go out with a bang in a moving, exciting, visually dazzling finale. I'm going to miss Harry Potter