“Let’s finish this the way we started, together!“ – Daniel Radcliff as Harry Potter
What’s good: The action, special effects, and story are all very good.
What’s not good: The ending was really weak.
What happened: Every movie franchise is deemed a success or a failure based upon its finale. This may not be fair but it is reality. Thankfully, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ is a great end to a glorious franchise even though it has a few flaws.
The action picks up right where ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I’ ended (read my review of the part I for details here). Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione, (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) are still on their quest to find and destroy the remaining horcruxes that are the key to Lord Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) immortality. No one has any chance of defeating him unless all horcruxes are no more. This will be no easy task since the only one who knows where they are or what they look like is Voldemort himself. To make matters worse, Voldemort is stronger than ever because he has the elder wand; the most powerful wand ever made. The situation looks bleak as death eaters ready for attack on Hogwarts.
Harry soon finds the location of the next horcrux. He strikes a deal to give up a very important artifact to gain access to this place. Harry Potter is public enemy number one and anyone with him must conceal their identity. Hermione uses a particularly revolting disguise for this mission. Once inside, Harry is somehow able to figure out which buried item is the horcrux. The reason why he can find them is troubling. Their daring escape is cool to see. Destroying these horcruxes takes a toll not only on Voldemort, but Harry too. Demolishing one of them will force Harry to make the ultimate sacrifice. Meanwhile, Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) has been ruling Hogwarts in an unusually cruel way since Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) departure. Finding the next horcrux will make Harry to see some familiar faces. The battle of Hogwarts is about to begin and the destruction will be massive. It is up to Harry, Hermione, and Ron to kill Voldemort before he assumes his evil reign of terror over the world.
‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ is a spectacular film in so many ways. It provides closure to almost every major storyline in the franchise. We learn of the connection between Harry and Voldemort. The back story on Severus Snape will definitely make people change their minds about him. The action and special effects were great at the Battle of Hogwarts. This movie was great but is not without its faults. The final showdown between Harry and Voldemort was a big letdown. This whole franchise was building up to their final confrontation so you would think it would be a bigger deal than it was. They sacrificed everything for this fight to the death and it should have been epic. A better fight between these two combatants would have made all previous Potter movies more meaningful. Also, there was no triumphant happiness or jubilation when the battle was over. Maybe everyone was more relieved that it was over but it still was severely lacking. Finally, what Harry does with the elder wand makes little sense. Possession of this item means a lot but it was not treated as so. Audiences will walk away from this movie thinking that the end should have given us more.
Bottom Line: A really great end to the franchise even though the last 20 minutes should have been better. Potter fans should rejoice and casual fans will enjoy it too.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ movie schedule