As far as birthday presents go, I’m pretty lucky, for example, on 21st July 2007 the final Harry Potter book was released (AWESOME Birthday Present); then on 22nd July 2011 the final movie of the franchise was released which was also my first movie in 3D (AWESOMER birthday present) and hopefully my next birthday present will be watching The Dark Knight Rises….hopefully.
Since its release many critics have praised Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, helping it earn the coveted place in IMDb’s top 250, standing at number 95 at the time of this writing; and getting it an overall rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes (the highest of all the movies). So, was it truly “thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling” movie that the site claims it is? I went to find out. I was extremely excited as I am one of the hugest fans of the Harry Potter series including both the books and the films, but not only that it was to be my first 3D movie. I had already told my sister that having grown up with Harry Potter and his magical world; I was bound to cry when the credits started to roll. She doubted it.
So for those of you who do not know the story or haven’t read the book or only said you read it but didn’t really bother, let me recount what happens. The movie starts off exactly where it left in Deathly Hallows : Part I, Voldemort has just gained access to the all-powerful elder wand from Dumbledore’s tomb and it looks as if the whole of the wizarding world is in extreme peril. The film wastes no time in getting to the three protagonists of the film as they see Harry kneeling on Dobby’s tomb at Bill and Fleur’s house. Soon Harry, Ron and Hermione are seen talking to Griphook, about getting into Gringotts as they believe that Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault contains another Horcrux. They also talk to Ollivander about the possibility of the Deathly Hallows. Then the action starts as Hermione, disguised as Bellatrix Lestrange get into Gringotts, obtain the Horcrux and escape in a breathtaking scene on a giant dragon. From thereon, there is no stop or pause in the action. Immediately, they Apparate to Hogwarts after Harry sees into Voldemort’s mind. The rest of the movie is occupied by the whole Battle of Hogwarts and with Harry, Ron and Hermione trying to find more Horcruxes and fighting off the Death Eaters with the aid of Dumbledore’s Army, the Order of the Pheonix and many more Hogwarts’ students. Neville is now a total bad-ass and the assumed leader of the DA. It all ends with an epic fight scene between Harry Potter and Voldemort.
Harry Potter has always been a large part of my life and I was fearing the franchise’s end for a long time. I mean, what would I do, then? Would I have to read Twilight? *shudders* I believe the movie did justice to the book, it followed it and made it just the more beautiful. David Yates turned out to be the perfect person to direct the final installment of the series. The movie rushed into the plot without wasting any time, which I liked a lot. They did not waste time trying to tell the audience what happened in the previous movie like one of those TV Series “Last time on Harry Potter…” and got straight down to business. Most of the movie primarily focuses on The Battle of Hogwarts and so you see some pretty awesome special effects. I believe that the whole battle between the forces of good and evil was brilliantly constructed and the last fight between Harry and Voldemort, despite being somewhat of a chase, was a really intense and epic part of the movie. The fight’s every detail is still etched upon my brain. The secondary plot of Snape was also beautifully shown with all of his memories displaying clarity and helping the viewer understand all the tension between Snape and Harry throughout their lives.
When the movie ended, I was not willing to go but eventually trudged down the hall with everybody else, staring at the credits hoping that the movie had not ended. Alas, it was not to be.
I give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part II 10 out of 10 stars.