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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 18 July 2011 15:17

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2Much like a high-flying broomstick in a game of Quidditch, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has made money and history with the highest-grossing opening weekend ever. $168.5 million in the US and Canada to be precise! So is the spell it casts just smoke and mirrors, or is there some genuine magic in the long-awaited final instalment? Well, after viewing the film with a captivated audience that was alternately cheering or sobbing along with the characters, I can definitely say that the magic is real.

Radcliffe, Watson and GrintWe’ve watched them grow on screen into the incredibly talented, well-rounded adults they are today; and through the years Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have honed their skills, kept their chemistry, and become synonymous with the characters they portray. In Deathly Hallows Part 2 they all show an incredible range of emotional diversity mustered up by wanting to do justice to a final chapter, both in their lives and on the screen. It’s not hard to see that a lot of love went into this film.

You Know WhoSo, what’s it about? Well, without giving away too much for those who haven’t read the books, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is action packed. Let’s say it’s sort of like a cross between a heist film and an epic war movie! There’s no recapping, and we pick up exactly where we left off from Part 1 with Harry and the gang mourning over the grave of their friend Dobby the house elf. Together the friends have been trying to find the three remaining “horcruxes” – magical objects that contain fragments of Voldemort’s soul, making him immortal. Only once these horcruxes have been destroyed can the Dark Lord be defeated.

SpectacularThe journey takes us through the vaults of Gringott’s Bank, back to the halls of Hogwarts and even into the memories of some of the characters. All of it is pulled off with a breathtaking visual flair by director David Yates, who has been responsible for four (that’s half) of the films in the franchise. I think he’s done a brilliant job bringing this complex story together in a way that is thrilling and easy to follow. There is never a dull moment on screen.

Potter and Voldemort in the final confrontationThe special effects are, as always, cutting edge and there is no shortage of jaw-dropping moments! I found myself oohing and aahing over many scenes, including a spectacular sequence in which our heroes escape on the back of a massive albino dragon! It’s simply an incredible viewing experience that is helped and not hindered by the use of 3D. This is one film where the 3D technology is not wasted, and actually enhances the film.

Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a near flawless movie and the perfect conclusion to an incredible series. It impresses the heck out of me when I think that ten years ago the films were born, and every step along the way has been wonderful. I’m amazed by the vision that has gone into casting and that we’ve managed to watch the same kids grow up on screen film after film. Truly an accomplishment. The Harry Potter series is not just a modern-day literary classic, but a monumental film achievement as well. I’m both sad and glad to see it come to an end on a high note.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by David Yates, Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint.

The name Voldemort loosely translates from French as “cheater of death”.

Emma Watson and Rupert Grint reported that filming their on-screen kiss was “absolutely horrible”, like kissing a sibling.