Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two
He’s after you, Mr. Potter. You really don’t stand a chance
Let’s get to it. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two is a confident, engaging and emphatic end to a very consistent franchise.
Picking up where Part One ended, Harry, Ron and Hermione are searching for the last remaining Horcruxes in the hope of destroying these object and defeating Voldemort once and for all. Knowledge of the Part One or indeed the series as whole is helpful since Part Two doesn’t offer a catch up. If Part One was the slow build-up, Part Two is the thunderous climax that gives the series the send-off it deserves.
The film revolves around the Siege of Hogwarts, a visually fantastic spectacle involving almost everyone who’s appeared in franchise. It’s frantic, explosive, producing the sense that this wizarding world is finally clashing in a meaningful way is apparent as explosions rock the school and characters we’ve known since the very start meet their fates.
It’s dramatic, tying the story up with a finality that series has lacked. It doesn’t lose sight of what’s important either, giving the characters their due, with some like Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) and McGonagall (Maggie Smith) shining amongst the rubble of Hogwarts.
Some of the fringe characters never get their due with several events happening off-screen. Perhaps it adds to the shock of the moment but it also takes something away too. It turns these deaths into a footnote when seeing what happened to these characters could have elicited a stronger response. Perhaps there are too many characters to adequately show.
All the actors, Radcliffe, Watson and Grint in particular, handle the material with aplomb with their best performances to date. Radcliffe especially looks more confident and assured when he’s not throwing tantrums or looking like he’s a little confused. As it’s the climax, everyone has a purpose and that drives the film and the performances in it towards its resolution.
Even the epilogue, with some odd makeup had me feeling a little sad. It really is the end. A fitting send-off then, to a terrific franchise.