For as long as I can remember, the Harry Potter series has always had a special place in my leisure. While I may not be much of a reader, the Harry Potter franchise was enticing enough for me to start picking up the books and get a jump on the movies that followed. That being said, my impressions of the movies have mostly been a game of tolerance. Always having to grit my teeth when scenes didn’t follow canon. Never being able to hold back groans when entire segments from the books were either abridged or left out completely. And worst of all, saying goodbye to Quidditch altogether. Despite the cinematic shortcomings, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 delivers admirably in Harry Potter’s near-final hours. Let’s meet the crew…
All the big players are here! Everyone from Daniel Radcliffe to Robbie Coltrane, from Emma Watson to Alan Rickman, and Rupert Grint to Ralph Fiennes are back and better than ever. The acting has never been anything on the verge of scoring Golden Globes but the performances are performed to their fullest and do each respective role its proper justice. If I had to complain about anything regarding the actors it would be how painful it was at times to realize how few lines certain roles were given. I hope you’re not a Hagrid fanatic because he hardly says anything let alone has much of a presence in the film. However, speaking of being cheated out of contribution to the cinematic experience, anyone who has ever felt that Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) was slowly being pushed out of sight in the movies will be more than happy to hear that he surely gets a respectable amount of screen time in Deathly Hallows. It can be a bummer to see your favorite characters not get the attention they deserve but the fact that nearly every single role in the film is portrayed in some way or another is greatly appreciated. Let’s see the sights…
Visually, this movie is stunning. It may not be Avatar quality but the backdrops and special effects are truly a sight to behold. The settings are beautifully rendered and the atmosphere is set masterfully by the gorgeous musical score. I can find nothing to fault here. I’m sure everyone has their own personal vision of how they perceive the magical world of wands and broomsticks but it is hard to deny how dazzling this film can be. Let’s check with the canon…
Splitting the final chapter into 2 parts was a brilliant move that served 2 purposes: 1) Ensuring that as much content could be saved during the book-to-movie conversion as possible. 2) Milking the cash cow. Regardless of how much more the series profited from creating 2 finales instead of one, the overall result were 2 pieces of literary cinema that not only respected the sacred canon of J.K. Rowling but were able to focus on one major plot event at a time. For Deathly Hallows Part 2, the film picks up literally where Part 1 left off and proceeds to wow its audience with one magical encounter after another. For readers, the story and events are mostly intact and certain segments (the Battle of Hogwarts for example) were executed magnificently with a touch style and grandeur to boot. I have to strain to recall a moment where I was distracted by the movie’s abridged account of the books. At this point, anyone complaining about how much the films cut from the original story really need to move on with their life. Of course the films don’t tell the whole story! Would you seriously want to see a movie that perfectly recounts +700 pages of witchcraft and wizardry? Now, I know some people would say yes to that in a heartbeat but the reality is that the film industry just won’t allow it. People these days want to be entertained and told a wholesome and well-written story and I think the Harry Potter movies do a commendable job of striking that balance between brief and beefy.
To wrap it all up, the fact that this series was able to span across 8 full-length movies, each installment respectively being more interesting than the last, and the final film being arguably the best yet is a tremendous feat. Do not let my less-than-5-stars review fool you, this is a great movie. Although reading the books does help in certain places, the overall experience is well-presented and impressively paced despite the large amount of content that was covered. Well done!
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