Harry Potter


Watching the last film in the Harry Potter saga is like graduating from high school or saying goodbye to a friend who is moving away. It is unprecedented in the history of film that a character or film like this followed us for an entire decade. As much as we want that thrilling conclusion, at the same time, the Potter films have gotten so dark, so tragic and so good that we hate to see them end. Part 2 features nearly every single character we have met along the way. Some meet tragic ends as this film is the most mature of all, presenting death and sacrifice. It opens very beautifully after the Warner Bros. Logo, with Snape (Alan Rickman) standing high above Hogwarts as if he is awaiting the end.

With Voldemort now in possession of the elder wand, Harry (Radcliffe), Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint) must find and destroy the remaining horcrux’s, somehow get back into Hogwarts with Snape now ruling as headmaster and prepare for the final battle that will change everyone’s lives. Harry still has a few more people to meet before his quest can continue and one of them is Aberforth Dmbledore (Ciaran Hinds), Professor Dumbledore’s estranged brother. Everyone close to Harry still has their own part to play before Harry will once again come face to face with Voldemort.

I had noticed that in Part 1 of The Deathly Hallows and The Half Blood Prince, the original Harry Potter theme was scarcely heard and, much to my delight, the score, which was originally composed by John Williams, is used here (as composed by Alexandre Desplat). There are so many elements contained in this film that I really enjoyed, my favorite being the mini battle between Snape and Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), which seemed like ten years of unleashed anger from her prevue. Smith, along with many other characters, enjoy more screen time in this installment than any of the other films, even though this is the shortest of all the Potter pictures.

Driving home the dark element, we even see one of the characters being eating by a werewolf, which is a huge contrast compared to the first film from 2001. The running time is the most displeasing element of the film; no one would have complained for 30 minutes more. The final battle between Harry and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) felt a little anticlimactic but at the same time beautifully captured. The cinematography, more so than other films, seemed to stand out here. I found the editing or placement of the scene featuring Harry and Helena Ravenclaw (Kelly McDonald) a bit odd since Harry is in the women’s bathroom while Voldemort is commencing his attack on Hogwarts. It is still one of the best films in the series and one of the best films of the year. Director David Yates has done a beautiful job with the last four films.

 Final Thought – A tragically beautiful dark conclusion to one of the greatest film saga’s of all time.

Grade A-

By: Dustin Chase W.

Editor: Michael Woody