The final chapter in the 10-year long journey of Harry Potter has finally arrived… and the film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is nothing short of a triumphant, visually stunning and yet, most of all – an emotionally wrenching curtain call for this beloved film franchise.
Rare indeed is the film who’s characters strike such a poignant chord with audiences that the the actors’ on-screen creations and portrayals become far more than mere cinematic pawns to advance a story. With the entire Harry Potter franchise, both the book and film series, fans of both incarnations have become uniquely attached to the players in the Potter saga, most especially young Ron, Hermione, and of course, Harry himself. We have watched young Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson grow up before our very eyes.
Their adventures became part of many of our lives for a decade. One cannot invest that much time in such endearing and sympathetic individuals without, at some point, thinking of them as family in a way. It’s that bond in mind that makes the final denouement of the Harry Potter saga; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, something to be both embraced with anticipation and equally mourned with the knowledge that our connection to these beloved characters is now at an end.
In this film, the long awaited face off between Harry and the evil Lord Voldemort finally arrives… but not before a heavy and heartbreakingly fatal toll is exacted upon not only a number of beloved key characters, but also, upon the Hogwarts school itself. Leading up to the fatal finale… Harry, Hermoine and Ron journey into increasingly dangerous territory to destroy the last remaining Horcruxes which contain fractions of the Dark Lord’s soul.
Throughout the film, we are faced with imagery that will linger, haunt and emotionally stir fans of the series for quite some time. Whether it’s the opening, frightening visage of Voldemort wielding the all-powerful Elder Wand that could spell Harry’s eventual doom… or the ultimate brutal assault on Hogwarts by Voldemort and his evil army that leaves the once warm and friendly confines of the school in smoldering and decimated ruins while numerous beloved characters fight, some in vain, for their lives.
However, the imagery that truly lingers is the burden that weighs upon the faces of the young trio that has been the linchpin of this franchise from the beginning. Harry, Hermione and Ron began this journey years ago as young, naive and full of wonder. As their journey to maturity evolved, so too did their bond as friends and allies against a common foe, Voldemort and his evil allies.
As a result, it was inevitable that the youthful whimsy so apparent in the early films should be completely wiped clean in this final chapter; replaced by a stern, sometimes fearful and battle weary determination etched into each of their faces, most especially upon Harry, who bears the heaviest burden of all.
The final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort is nothing sort of spectacular… filled with surprising revelations and terrible consequences. The action sequences and special effects are superb in every way. The 3D effects serve little to enhance the story; but thankfully, the gimmick does not detract from the storytelling either. It is a testament to the acting skills of all on board and the direction of David Yates that this film achieves it’s epic conclusion based solely on the solid screenplay, dazzling effects… and most importantly on the riveting interaction and connection between all the major players and their superb performances.
Most importantly – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features the apex of matured acting talent by it’s primary trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. We’ve watched these young actors grow literally and figuratively as beloved characters throughout the past decade… and this film offers us all – a truly satisfying conclusion to the franchise.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is, again, that truly rare film that elicits a wistful and bittersweet lump in your throat when the final scene fades to black and the credits roll.
It is a deeply poignant and pleasantly haunting moment that leaves audiences sad to let old friends go – but grateful to have been with them for the journey.
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