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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2: An Action, Epic, Romance Caps off J.K. Rowling's Epic Tale


After ten years and eight films, the Harry Potter saga finally comes an end with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”  J.K. Rowling’s harry potter deathly hallows part 2 trioseventh and final book - “The Deathly Hallows” was adapted into two films and there’s good reason for it. The conclusion of this tale simply could not have been told in one film.

The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the darkest of the Harry Potter films as a full-fledged war erupts between the Dark Lord (Voldemort) and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe). It’s not a dreary film, but is sad in many respects.

Part 2 picks right up where The Deathly Hallows Part 1 left off as Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) goes into Alvis Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) grave and steals the Elder Wand - in order to defeat Harry Potter once and for all.

Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) are at a hideout when Harry speaks to Griphook the Goblin about a plan to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s (Helana Bonham Carter) vault, where he believes one of Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes is located. Harry and the Goblin agree to a deal where Harry will trade him Godric Gryffindor's Sword in exchange for assisting.

And, alas the wild ride begins. There is probably more action in Deathly Hallows Part 2 then the previous two Harry Potter films combined - not to take anything away from any of those films, which are great in their own right.

Harry, who had to leave Hogwarts finally returns after the trio visit Dumbledore’s brother - warns Harry of his brother’s (Dumbledore) past misdeeds.

And, none other than Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) leads them into the magical school. Neville we will find out plays a very critical role in  this film particularly during the war.

Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) is now the headmaster at Hogwarts and catches wind that Harry is on the premises. When he demands someone step forward it’s none other than Harry himself who calls out Snape for being a traitor, for he was responsible for Dumbledore’s death. Madam Professor Minerva McGonagall and Snape square off and he leaves Hogwarts, setting off the preparation for Voldemort’s army. This scene when the statues inside Hogwarts come to life and join in unison is remarkable to say the least. When you see it, get ready to have chills go down your spine!

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Meanwhile, the race is on to destroy the other remaining Horcruxes, which will result in the death of Lord Voldemort.

By far the most important part of this film entailed a segment where Harry Potter received a memory from Snape. Much is revealed about the motivations behind both Severus Snape’s character and Alvis Dumbledore. Added to that, you learn even more about Harry’s mother Lily. I won’t go into detail, because it will ruin the plot of the entire film, but it was as beautiful as it was sad and mind-blowing.

When Harry receives the message he realizes that this war isn’t about everybody who must sacrifice themselves for Harry. Rather, Harry must go harry potter deathly hallows part 2face Voldemort himself.

There were a lot of characters to work into the film, which is the challenge of a final film of an eight-movie epic. And the danger with a film like this is moving between too many plot points and scenes, but the film did not do that. Director David Yates did a masterful job of allowing Deathly Hallows Part 2 to develop naturally without being “rushed.” The film could have been 3 hours long, but did not need to be. At a running time of just over 2 hours it was perfectly paced.

Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) doesn’t get a lot of screen time in Deathly Hallows Part 2, but when he does - Harry repays him a favor by saving his life.

Make no mistake about it - there are some scenes which are hard to take, but that’s one of the necessities of war. The battle scenes between the Death Eaters and the defenders of Hogwarts are spectacular.

The final installment of Harry Potter does not disappoint in any respect. There are no loose ends when the smoke finally clears and I along with many theater goers were left extremely satisfied. Throughout the film cheers erupted during many scenes, which is perfectly natural when you invest years into these books and films. Having seen all eight Harry Potter films, this was the best of the bunch.

Deathly Hallows Part 2 is as much of an epic adventure as it is an action film and a romance. And, yes Hermione and Ron finally....well I’ll let you watch the film and see for yourself.

All good things come to an end as they say, but Harry Potter will live on. ABC Family is constantly running repeats of the films. And, we can pop in a DVD or pick up any of J.K. Rowling’s masterpieces anytime we so desire.

Photo of trio from movieline.com

Photo of statues from usatoday.com

Photo of Voldemort and Harry Potter from chicagonow.com

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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