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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Impressive Finale

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Impressive Finale

J.K. Rowling’s ultimate adventure has
finally arrived. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade,
you may have seen or read one of the instalments in this international bestselling
children’s fantasy fiction series. While Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hollows:
Part 2 is actually the second part of the final
film (the first was released early 2010), it’s still a chapter of its own.

Picking up from the previous film, Harry
(Radcliffe) must destroy horcruxes for once and for all. After going on a
mission with Dumbledore (Gambon) to find Voldemort’s (Fiennes) horcruxes, he learns
that Voldemort cannot be killed before Harry destroys seven objects that
Voldemort divided his soul upon. So as Harry continues on his quest with his
friends Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson), another battle arises at the
wizarding school at Hogwarts after Potter succeeds in the elimination of
Voldemort; an invasion that will tear the school apart while everyone is
helpless. 

Just like the film’s tagline
implies, ‘it all ends’ here. The latest instalment of the series could be a bit
disappointing for hardcore fans of the books, who may expect a different
execution of the plot. However, the story here shows a reasonable and
satisfactory end. This is one of the rare blockbusters out this year that
produces quality worthy of its staggering budget. Although anyone who’s read
the book knows how the film will or should end, there are still many unexpected
plot twists that will keep audiences surprised, a clever tactic by director
David Yates to provide fresh material and keep die-hard fans guessing. An
added bonus is that most of the film takes place in Hogwarts, where it all
began; a nice and nostalgic way to come back full circle to the beginning of
the film series.

Contrary to the general consensus
that sequels are never as good as the originals, the Harry Potter series has
gone from strength to strength, and the last film in this long journey stays
true to form. It neither relies on the franchise’s prior success nor on its
billing as the spectacular ending that everyone wants it to be.

The attention to detail to even the smallest and most
fleeting of scenes is admirable, and the special effects, set design and
cinematography are mind-blowing at times. The last two instalments has seen the
films take on a deeper, darker and more adult-orientated approach, and this film is
probably by far the most adult-appropriate. At the same time, it doesn’t
lose any of the charm or appeal of what is essentially a
children’s book. Despite Radcliffe, Grint and Watson’s gradual ascension into
full-blown adulthood, the film never loses sight of them as Harry, Ron and
Hermione.  

The Harry Potter series is going out
with a bang; a statement which saddens us as much as it does excites us. The films have
achieved the impossible in creating the same fanaticism that the books did, and
in the process universally pleasing fans of the book and Rowling alike. Daniel
Radcliffe has given a good ten years of his life to the franchise, and it’s
easy to forget that he is one of the most promising young actors around right
now. He has long been tipped for greatness, but he’ll always be Harry Potter to
us.

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Kate Winslet was allegedly offered a role in the film, but her agent rejected it on her behalf before she was able to consider it herself, citing that Winslet would not want to ‘follow suit with every other actor in Britain by being a part of Harry Potter’.

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