Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
The bittersweet end.

How many movies do you know that use the last film in the series and split it in half? Part 1 and Part 2…I get it, in order to make the story complete and get all the details in, you have to give it two parts, or else the film will be ridiculously long, I get it. It’s just that blasted title with the actual words: Part 1; Part 2. It may just be me, but it always gets on my nerves. This is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2, the final film in the franchise, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

The search for the Holcruxes continues in this concluding film. Harry, Hermione, and Ron have one shot of getting it right, even though that one shot is dismal. When Harry takes back control of Hogwarts, he and everyone else prepare for war against Voldemort’s ultimate attack. Meanwhile, Harry searches for the last remaining Holcruxes to destroy, which would make Voldemort vulnerable to be killed. Though…Harry’s very survival may be what’s keeping Voldemort alive as well. Will Harry have to kill himself in order to stop Voldemort, or is there another way?

I don’t say this often, but this is a prime example of how a movie series should end. Think about how many franchises pop into your head. How many of them get worse after the third film? It happens more often than we think, especially for horror franchises. It forgets the initial mission, and it just turns into a cheesy Hollywood excuse for a film. Harry Potter, on the other hand, never forgets its mission and stays true to it the entire time. This is why the eighth film in the franchise is undoubtedly the best. It’s the film where everything that we were introduced to meets at the middle for one heck of a satisfactory and epic conclusion.

The previous film had a lot of epic things to go along with it, but the second part was where it was at. This time around, it wasn’t as dark, you could see a lot more of the action, the visuals were absolutely stunning and astonishing, and there were still plenty of unanswered questions answered throughout the film. Twists and turns this late in the game are highly unusual, but those were clearly present as well. All of this put together made the second part of the finale the best film in the entire series my favorite.

I usually mention what makes this film different from the others, and I list the first things that come to mind when thinking of the film. I didn’t mention these in my previous review, because the first and second part of this film is still the same story, so there are similarities and they are:

  • Voldemort taking over Hogwarts
  • Everyone turning into Harry Potter
  • Search for the Holcrux
  • Finding a way to destroy the Holcrux
  • Legend of the Deathly Hallows
  • One wand to rule them all
  • The Snape Secret
  • Epic end battle
  • And other…spoilerific things

If there was some sort of special fan-made edit of both films made into one, I would be interested in seeing it, because for once I don’t think you can really shorten either of them. There was so much good details in both films that they really do feel like separate movies, but still feel linked, nonetheless.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is one of the best finales a movie series has ever seen, filled with epic battles, top of the line acting, and a satisfactory end that may or may not have you in tears.


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