Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is again directed by David Yates. Something about this film that contrasts very much so with the others is how fast-paced this movie is. Right from the start, you feel like you're just in it. It's instantly going and you better get on this ride or it's gonna leave you behind.  It is one of the shorter movies so that definitely has something to do with it as well, but it also doesn't have to set up anything else. Everything comes to a halt in this movie. Everything ends in this film so there's no need to build up various arcs this movie is where everything explodes. From beginning to end this movie is a non-stop ride of intense drama and action, really heartfelt character moments and all of these things you've been waiting to see finally happen.    We pick up with our three heroes still looking for the remaining Horcruxes, so they can hopefully kill Voldemort. They have to infiltrate the caves and a goblin named Griphook helps them, until he gets what he wants and then betrays them. Here we get a really fun underground cave sequence where we meet the dragon and this thing is so beautiful it's one of my favorite creatures in Harry Potter. They ride this dragon to safety.    Then they meet up with Neville who leads them underground to Hogwarts. It's so nice to be back here. This school wasn't in Part 1 and it feels like you're returning to this place of comfort despite how dark it is and how everyone has lost hope.  Everyone realizes that Harry was right all along and they all get behind him. The faculty and students are all together on this and it feels like you are about to witness something amazing. Later when Snape is interrogating students trying to figure out where Harry Potter is Harry steps out he's done hiding this is the movie where he truly steps into the role of leader.  I love the short battle that McGonagall and Snape have, but what is even better is when she banishing Slytherin to the dungeon.    What is really special about this film compared to the others is how urgent everything feels. There is a level of stakes here that makes everything feel very in the moment. This is when the big attack begins Voldemort and his forces against Hogwarts. This is where everything comes to a head and this is where the film gets even better.  Ron and Hermione are able to destroy one of the Horcruxes with the Basilisk's fang. Voldemort and his forces eventually take down the shield surrounding Hogwarts. Draco and his dumb friends burn down the Room of Requirement.    Snape's death is handled really well. There is a bit of an info dump with this scene where you learn about Snape's past and how he loved Lilly Potter. This is needed though it really tells you a lot about his character and when you go back and watch the movies with this in mind everything feels so much more in focus now.  Harry goes off into the forest to challenge Voldemort alone. We get a beautiful scene involving his parents and Voldemort kills Harry. I love the following scene with Dumbledore and Harry in limbo where Harry learns that he had to die for this to happen.    Harry Potter's body is brought back Hogwarts and Neville makes the most inspiring speech you could possibly imagine.  Harry wakes up and this is where Harry and Voldemort finally have their epic showdown and Voldemort dies he just melts away and turns to ash.  As Harry is walking through Hogwarts and he sees everyone picking themselves up he looks at all these people that he has known for so long you get this amazing sense of euphoria it just feels so right. The ending of this film showing  Harry, Ron, and Hermione grown up with kids of their own sending them off to Hogwarts it could not have ended better.  The Harry Potter movie series started when I was 13 years old and ended when I was 22. I have loved all eight film and it is something I will always look back on fondly.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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