Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

"Excellent"

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Review


The eight-part saga comes to a close with an action-packed finale that neatly ties up the strands of the whole series and also manages to give its actors some meaty scenes to play with. While it's hugely satisfying, there's also a letdown as we reach the end.

With Voldemort (Fiennes) in possession of the mythical Elder Wand, and four Horcruxes still at large, Harry (Radcliffe) and pals Hermione and Ron (Watson and Grint) know that they have work to do. Breaking into a Gringotts vault is tough enough, but when they sneak back into Hogwarts, they find themselves in all-out war against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. So with the help of adults (Smith, Walters and more) and fellow students (including Lewis, Wright and Lynch), they make their final stand.

After a sort of "Previously on Harry Potter" prologue and a quietly intense opening, the film plunges into the Gringotts heist and barely pauses for breath. Director Yates adeptly juggles action and drama, keeping images razor sharp and making sure the effects work is seamlessly eye-catching (they're also the most consistently high-quality effects in the series). But of course Lord of the Rings-scale spectacle is nothing without great characters, and this film pushes everyone into new territory.

Radcliffe takes on the challenge extremely well, bringing Harry's self-doubt and crippling guilt together with a potent sense of destiny and sacrifice. Of the supporting cast, Rickman, Smith and Gambon get the weightiest scenes, while Lewis and Walters finally have superb moments in the spotlight. And Bonham Carter clearly has a ball with a terrific scene as a shape-shifted Hermione.
Meanwhile, that outrageously starry ensemble fills out each scene, including many who barely utter a word.

As the story propels to the climactic moments, there are a few fits and starts while events recoil and wait to burst forth again. Even though this is the shortest of all eight movies, it feels a little long due to its intensely focussed plot. This means every moment on screen is vitally important, and most are given the chance to play out without feeling rushed. But it also means that, as the ending (and epilogue) get closer, we simply don't want it to end.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 130 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th July 2011

Box Office USA: $381.0M

Box Office Worldwide: $1.3B

Budget: $125M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Moving Picture Company (MPC), Warner Bros., Heyday Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 292 Rotten: 13

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Harry Potter, as Ron Weasley, as Hermione Granger, as Severus Snape, as Minerva McGonagall, as Bellatrix Lestrange, as Sybill Trelawney, as Rubeus Hagrid, as Lord Voldemort, as Poppy Pomfrey, as Fleur Delacour, as Filius Flitwick / Griphook, as Remus Lupin, as Bill Weasley, as Fred Weasley, as George Weasley, as Horace Slughorn, as Arthur Weasley, Pauline Stone as Nurse Wainscott, Suzie Toase as Alecto Carrow, as Nymphadora Tonks, as Kingsley Shacklebolt, as Aberforth Dumbledore, as Molly Weasley, as Elphias Doge, Arben Bajraktaraj as Antonin Dolohov, as Yaxley, as Argus Filch, as Pomona Sprout, as Peter Pettigrew, as Lucius Malfoy, Ralph Ineson as Amycus Carrow, as Narcissa Malfoy, as Percy Weasley, as Draco Malfoy, Rod Hunt as Thorfinn Rowle, as Fenrir Greyback, as Scabior, Guy Henry as Pius Thicknesse, as Ginny Weasley, as Luna Lovegood, as Romilda Vane, as Neville Longbottom, as Seamus Finnigan, Alfie Enoch as Dean Thomas, as Lavender Brown, Shefali Chowdhury as Parvati Patil, Afshan Azad as Padma Patil, Louis Cordice as Blaise Zabini, Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle, Scarlett Byrne as Pansy Parkinson, Isabella Laughland as Leanne, Jamie Marks as Ernie Macmillan, as Cho Chang, Georgina Leonidas as Katie Bell, as Cormac McLaggen, as Mr. Ollivander, as Helena Ravenclaw, as Albus Dumbledore, as Sirius Black, as James Potter, as Lily Potter, Anthony Allgood as Gringotts Guard, Rusty Goffe as Aged Gringotts Goblin, as Hogsmeade Death Eater, Ian Peck as Hogsmeade Death Eater, Hebe Beardsall as Ariana Dumbledore, William Melling as Nigel, Sian Grace Phillips as Screaming Girl, Suzanne Toase as Alecto Carrow, Amber Evans as Twin Girl 1, Ruby Evans as Twin Girl 2, Jon Key as Bogrod, Philip Wright as Giant, Gary Sayer as Giant, Tony Adkins as Giant, Penelope McGhie as Death Eater, Ellie Darcey-Alden as Young Lily Potter, Ariella Paradise as Young Petunia Dursley, Benedict Clarke as Young Severus Snape, Alfie McIlwain as Young James Potter, Rohan Gotobed as Young Sirius Black, Toby Papworth as Baby Harry Potter, Peter G. Reed as Death Eater, Judith Sharp as Death Eater, as Death Eater, Bob Yves Van Hellenberg Hubar as Death Eater, Granville Saxton as Death Eater, Tony Kirwood as Death Eater, Ashley McGuire as Death Eater, Arthur Bowen as Albus Severus Potter (19 Years Later), Daphne de Beistegui as Lily Luna Potter (19 Years Later), Will Dunn as James Sirius Potter (19 Years Later), as Astoria Malfoy (19 Years Later), Bertie Gilbert as Scorpius Malfoy (19 Years Later), Helena Barlow as Rose Weasley (19 Years Later), Ryan Turner as Hugo Weasley (19 Years Later), as Gellert Grindelwald, as Teddy Lupin, as Oliver Wood, as The Sorting Hat, Graham Duff as Death Eater

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