If you have read the books you will be glad to know that major key moments are intact. Much is missing however I will not dwell on that. The focus is on how well the movie plays out and for me it rolls wonderfully through thrills, excitement, drama and need I not forget romance: towards a satisfactory (though slightly rushed) conclusion. ‘It All Ends’, says the poster slogan, this may be a fairly miserable title for the bloodshot-eyed fans that have followed Harry Potter on his journey to defeating He-who-can-not-be-named.
However, in my opinion, the film could not have ended on a better note. With the efforts of director David Yates and those involved in the production of the movie, a truly aesthetically amazing and visually captivating movie was created. Part two of the Deathly Hallows chapter has given David Yates justification on the decision to split the chapter into two films. The movie begins where part one left off, with Voldemort stealing the ‘elder wand’ from Dumbledore’s coffin.
For those who have watched part one, the beginning is a smooth transition to part two, however for those interesting individuals who have watched the movie as a stand-alone may be left quite confused. Never-the-less in this episode Harry Potter (Danielle Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasely (Rupert Grint) continue their strides to destroying Voldemort’s ‘Horecruxes’ which are the vital objects that are keeping him alive and living for eternity.
Harry and his companions find most of the Horecruxes, however the last two, one of which Harry later finds to be himself and the second being Voldemort’s snake Nagini become very tricky. Once Potter finds out that he is the final Horecrux, he confronts Voldemort for which the non-book-readers assume is the final time. Throughout this scene, a combination of emotions are portrayed, anger and disappointment from Potter’s career Hagrid, Self-fulfilment from Voldemort and grief from Draco Malfoy’s mother.
Whereas the viewer’s feel mainly aghast from the fact that ‘the boy who lived came to die? – One of my favourite quotes from Voldemort himself. Throughout the Harry Potter saga we are revealed to new characters and new clues where it is almost all revealed in this film although the more in depth areas of the saga is left to be known to the elite book readers. The portrayal of Severus Snape has always been a joy to watch but in this movie we are left with a dramatic engraving in our memory. He elevates his portrayal as one of the most complex characters in young adult literature to an unforgettably piercingly emotional one.
One of the most spectacular moments is when Severus Snape, played with magnificent disdain by Alan Rickman, is attacked by Voldemort’s snake Nagini, and we witness this only from behind a frosted glass screen – a nice touch from director David Yates. Even though the film ends with a classic villain verses hero face-off, the material is handled considerably well. Fans will know how it is going to end though Deathly hallows part two still has that rare ability to cause viewers to question the outcome of the film even though it was long ago decided.
With JK Rowling’s final chapter being split into two, the first part was sombre, very long and deeply tedious. However the second part is exact opposite, it is concise, rousing and deeply moving, and of course answers many of the mind-boggling questions we have all been waiting to learn. For new-comers the movie may strike them as mystifying but for the committed and semi-committed fans the movie will definitely be a worthy climax to the end of the most successful film franchise in history. It’s surely as good as gold.
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