Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Release Year: 2011
Director: David Yates
Screenwriters: Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling (novel)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith,
Rating: Nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Make-Up. Won 1 Saturn Award: Best Fantasy Film. Nominated for 9 Saturn Awards: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes), Best Supporting Actor (Alan Rickman), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Watson), Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Special Effects, Best Costumes, Best Make-Up.
In this final film in the Harry Potter series, the story picks up where Part 1 left off. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue the search for Voldemort’s final horcruxes as the decisive battle at Hogwarts draws near.
10 years and 8 films of as good a quality as the Harry Potter film is quite an achievement and luckily the series ends with one of the best of the bunch. This is partly due to the lethargic effect the epic culmination to such a long emotional joyrney has, and partly because the battle at Hogwarts is so well constructed. The acting trio that has grown up before our eyes, Grint, Watson, and Radcliffe, are at their best here at the end, profitting from the experience gathered over the years. Many others impress as well as their characters are given their moment to shine, in particular Matthew Lewis (The Rise, 2012) who finishes Neville Longbottom’s transformation from lovable goof to hero, Julie Walters (Becoming Jane, 2007) whose Mrs. Weasley shows true grit on the battle field, and last but not least the great Alan Rickman (Sense and Sensibility, 1995) who ends with bravour the journey of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of J.K. Rowling’s universe. A mixture of tender, quiet moments and sweeping battle scenes are well balanced and there are several moments were the stakes are truly high and the end not given. A great ending to a great series and an emotional overdose and ecstatic release to fans of the films, but do not watch it if you have not seen the preceding 7 films! Highly recommended!
According to Acor Tom Felton, the awkward hug between Malfoy and Voldemort was improvished by Ralph Fiennes, and Felton’s reaction of stopping dead in his tracks and not knowing what to do is therefore genuine.
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.