The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione walk away from their last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, putting an end to Voldemort's bid for immortality. But with Harry's beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort's unscrupulous Death Eaters on the loose, the world is more dangerous than ever.
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I'll admit I am not a fan of big franchises, Harry Potter being the prime example. I see the Harry Potter films as a way of putting more money in JK Rowling's back pocket and nothing more. But I can't be completely critical just because I think the principal is wrong, so I'll make a stand and say that I actually quite enjoyed The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (though Part 1 was too boring for me to remember). It's a never ending battle and is actually quite exhausting to watch. The only thing that motivated me to watch it in its entirety was the fact that it had to end and this was the last one. Ever. Though relieved that Harry Potter 8 can't exist, I actually do feel a sense of an end of an era, but a long era that was dragged out due to the fact the last film has 2 parts. Personally, I think Helena Bonham Carter is the best thing in this film, especially in her part of playing Hermione. She is a great actress which is more than I can say for the rest of them. Nonetheless, I didn't put it off after 10 minutes and I didn't fall asleep, therefore it has done well with me.
I must say that I was extremely pleased with the way this movie franchise has ended. I doubted that it would look like how I wanted it to in my head after reading the book serveral times and I was right. But the thing is that the vision on the screen is someone elses imagination, it's what they visualised when they read the book and they just had the opportunity to make it come alive.
I am so glad that they kept to the book for the final two parts instead of veering off into things that weren't relevant to the story that I found happened in 'Goblet of Fire' and 'Half Blood Prince'. However, the final two kept all the important stuff in there to enable the audience to get a full understanding of the characters and the plot they'd been following from the 'Philosopher's Stone'.
I felt like we had genuinely come on a journey with the characters and obviously mainly Harry, Ron and Hermione. For example, initially I wasn't pleased with Ron and Hermione's kiss but then thinking about it, it was as spontaneous as it was supposed to be; in their situation and after all that time all that was left to do was kiss.
I was glad they reshot the epilogue scene. The character's had all seemed like they were 50 rather than late 30s so I was pleased with the new scene. I loved that a ripple of laughter went across the cinema when the audience realised that Ron had gotten fat with a comb-over over the 19 years.
With the movie focusing on epic Battle of Hogwarts, this was definitely done as best as it could have been which is completely excellent and it left me feeling satisfied with the ending of the series I've followed since I was child.
P.S. Probably not worth seeing in 3D though, save your pennies
This was it. The end of the magic. The finale of an era. The epilogue of the childhood for many hardcore Potter fans who grew up with JK Rowling’s worldwide-selling and extraordinarily phenomenal franchise that lasted for 13 amazing years. Forgive me for using an overlong run-on sentence, but I guess it’s only appropriate for Harry Potter.
And the best part? The last Potter installment, reportedly the biggest and most epic picture of the series, offered me more than I could ever imagine.
I won’t waste time describing the details and how everything ends happily ever after, for me, it was the process that matters the most. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, now adults with the mission of saving the world from evil, step up to carry the huge emotional burden as they say good-bye to their own childhood, and prepare to sacrifice themselves if necessary for the greater good. For Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, this was their final chance to show off the magic as they portray the iconic roles that made them household names.
I gotta admit, I wasn’t all that excited after seeing part one of the two part finale. Don’t get me wrong, David Yates is a spectacular director, he gets better and better every time. His innovative approach for handling each of his four Potter pictures always strikes me with awe. I guess “Half-Blood Prince” simply left too strong of an impression for me, as the first part of the “Deathly Hallows” didn’t, for me, quite live up the expectations. Nevertheless, I was pumped to see part 2, after all, this was an essential part of my childhood and I wanted to be there when it draws to a close.
What Yates does is very interesting. Yes, the special effects were stunning. And yes, the story telling was faithful to the book. But what satisfied me the most was how much he understands the film. Let me elaborate on that: Yates is a huge fan of realism, as one can clearly tell the difference from his Potter films to those of, say, Chris Columbus. He doesn’t shy away from showing the bloody and maybe even gruesome scenes that he feels must retain from the books. And because of that, his Potter films are always that much darker and less grandiose than the early installments in the franchise. I guess that can be a drawback sometimes as it sucks out all the magic and leaves a theater filled with seven year-olds crying over a PG-13 movie. But as Harry perfects as a wizard and a human being, we as the audience are growing with him. Sooner or later, he’s got to realize the world isn’t always a little magical bubble filled with fairytales and butter beers, but that he has to act as a responsible young adult and rise to the occasion. I guess that’s what the later Potter films are about, a little gruesome, true, but definitely worth the lesson. And perhaps that’s what JK Rowling was trying to tell us as well: there are imperfections even in the wizarding world.
Yates knows how too much of a good thing can lead to the exact opposite. He always stops before crossing the line too much. In this grand, almost war-like movie, there are no wild celebrations or emotional cheers after Harry defeats Voldemort, instead we see the trio taking a long walk with relief along the severely damaged Hogwarts bridge. The message was clear: the magic world isn’t perfect anymore, but we can always learn to pick ourselves up and rise from the ashes.
Of course, there are lots of adrenalin rushing moments, along with a few great laughs and tons of applauses. I think I even saw a few audience members wiping their tears as the train takes off during the 19 years later epilogue. It really was quite an emotional moment, and nobody knows it better than those of us who grew up with the series.
Kudos to the cast and crew, notably Dame Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman, as they owned their parts and made this journey a thoroughly enjoyable experience. And Ms. Rowling, our childhood couldn’t have been the same without you. Most importantly, thank you, Harry Potter, for making me a believer through ten unforgettable and magical years with you.
The long and forever memorable Harry Potter franchise is coming to an end. Being the first part of the last movie I expected more. It was slow and the story for me never really reached a climax. The whole 146 minutes was a very magical experience but it was at times boring. There were some fight scenes and parts with suspense. It had a interesting ending that kept me hanging and wanting to see part 2. The reason that I gave it four stars was because I love the franchise. If you like Harry Potter go and see this but don't get your hopes up.