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‘ Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2’ Review

In Movies on July 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

by: Mary Coan

Forget about the ‘apocalypse’ coming in December of 2012. The world will surely end now that we don’t have any more Harry Potter novels or movies to dream about. It’s the hottest must-see movie of the summer for a reason. You don’t even have to see the other seven movies; it’ll be like reading the last page of a novel first (perfect strategy, if you ask me). The eight movie run, which began ten years ago in 2001, has certainly bewitched audiences from the start. In arguably the most highly anticipated release of the summer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 delivers.

The story, of course, follows Harry and his comrades as they resist Lord Voldemort and his slew of Death Eaters. That’s pretty much it.

Not only does the plot of the Harry Potter series reach its climax in the final film, but the acting and directing achieved their most impressive point in Part 2. Star trio Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) are on their A-game throughout the entirety of the 130-minute film. The three have come a long way since the preteen awkwardness of the Sorcerer’s Stone and have bloomed into rounded actors as well as well-rounded characters, thanks to director David Yates.

The score, composed by Alexandre Desplat, is the perfect undercurrent throughout the film. With variations on ‘Hedwig’s Theme,’ made famous by John Williams (composer for HP films 1-3), and gorgeous melodies all his own, Desplat’s music is the icing on the cake.

As a die-hard fan of the novels, I have been quite harsh (and quite unimpressed) with the movies from the start; they felt like obligatory ‘must-see’ movies rather than legitimate interests. But Part 2 blew me away. The conclusion of the Harry Potter era showcased beautiful special effects, less deviation from the original storyline, and of course, every little loose end wrapped up in a perfect ribbon.

There’s no need for me to recommend this film. If you’ve come this far, you’re dying to see it. You’ve been waiting seven movies for this. You’ve been waiting since 1997, when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published. Your patience has paid off. Go and see this movie. See it again. Create a time machine and go back to Friday, July 15 at 12:01am, dress up like a loony, and see it. It will make up for the disappointment of no letter from Hogwarts on your eleventh birthday. I promise.

Rating:  4 out 4 stars

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