Every story has its end, and nearly 4 years to the day after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hit bookstores, its second half arrives in theatres. After the Harry Potter film franchise began in December 2001, a steady stream of solid films has conquered the box office with an epic story, sweeping visuals, and perhaps the perfect ensemble cast.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off. As Harry and friends mourn the death of Dobby the elf, the objective is clear-seek and destroy the 3 remaining horcruxes (where Lord Voldemort has hidden parts of his soul) and end Voldemort’s reign of evil once and for all. As the story reaches its destined final battle, we finally learn Severus Snape’s true intentions in an emotional and revealing trip to the pensieve where the final mysteries left in the Potter universe are answered. While some of the films failed to capture the intensity and scope of some of the book’s greatest battles (The Goblet of Fire, The Half Blood Prince)-the final war at Hogwart’s is a glorious blowout full of some surprising casualties. I totally had goosebumps as Harry calls Lord Voldemort “Tom” before plunging into their last duel.
Fortunately for all of us fans, the Harry Potter saga ends with its greatest film in the franchise. The Deathly Hallows rockets into action from the very beginning and never looks back. The Gringotts Heist is a total thrill (even if I knew what happened already) and the twists and turns during the Battle of Hogwarts is captivating through and through.
Looking back, it is tough to imagine another cast playing Harry, Ron and Hermione. I for one am grateful that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson stayed on board throughout the entire series as they were a perfect team and always played wonderfully off each other. Alan Rickman as Severus Snape was an absolute delight through every film, as was Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort.
What began as a great children’s book in The Sorceror’s Stone evolved into a colossal epic that could appeal to all ages over the course of seven books. For anyone that read all the books-or just loves the films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is a misty eyed farewell to an incredible journey, not to mention the greatest film in the franchise.
The survey says….5 stars out of 5.