Review: Deathly Hallows Part II

After 10 years of fighting, romance and unlikely friendships, the Harry Potter series has finally come to an end with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”.

The story continues from the moment Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) takes the elder wand from Professor Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) grave at the end of the first instalment. From there, it’s a fight to the death which sees the Death Eaters try to take over Hogwarts and destroy all that is in Voldemort’s way.

The trio fight Voldemort for the final time. Photo: Warner Brothers

The Battle of Hogwarts takes place when it becomes clear that Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) have infiltrated the walls of Hogwarts. It isn’t until Harry learns of Snape’s (Alan Rickman) secret that he is able to defeat the man who has tormented so many for so long.

One of the great things about the plot is that many characters that you haven’t seen in a while are brought back – even though they may have left Hogwarts years ago, they all return to help Harry.

With many brave souls lost along the way, this has to be the most bloodiest and dramatic films of the series. The actors are all on top form and you really feel connected to them, laughing and crying as the film progresses. It is clear to see that each actor has an attachment to the character that they portray.

Gloomy scenery seemed to be the theme of the film, showing the trouble they were all in and that there may be no way out. With such a gripping final battle there were times when the cinema was so quiet that there wasn’t even a rustle of wrappers as people watched and waited to find out what would happen next, with a silent tear falling from many people’s eyes.

But the mood changes after the final battle as you find out what happens to the main characters as the story reaches its conclusion.

“Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part II” is the most anticipated film of the whole series and it has captured the ending of J.K Rowling’s story perfectly. It may have taken a long time to make, but the wait was definitely worth it.

It seemed a fitting end to a series that has been a part of so many childhoods and for the people that have grown up alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. There may no longer be jokes from the Weasley twins, trouble from the Malfoy’s or sneaking out after hours, but the story will stay in your heart for a very long time.

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