After seven legendary books and the fascinating magical world spun by J.K. Rowling, we got not seven but eight movies by four different directors to stoke our Potter mania. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II ends the madness… with a BANG! If you thought the last HP movie was brilliant, Part II not only lives up to expectations but surpasses them by several notches. I am not just saying this because I’m a fan who has religiously followed the books and movies, I am saying this also because the movie is epic.

The final battle between Good and Evil

The final battle between Good and Evil

Most people I know think the 3D experience is highly overrated. I too am not a big 3D fan, but the action, which is more than all the seven previous installments put together, made me wish for the first time, that the press screening wasn't in 2D but in 3D instead.

Now you may have read the seventh book but if you haven't there are a few spoilers ahead –
The movie begins with a flashback of where the last film left off, with Voldemort acquiring the Elder wand from Dumbledore’s grave. Not much is left of The Order of The Phoenix after Dumbledore’s death and Dobby is buried. The trio set out to gather and destroy the rest of the Horcruxes, in order to eventually take down Voldemort. The action starts off in the goblin-run bank Gringotts with a fire spitting dragon and the casting of spells. 

The trio

The trio

The one scene that made my hair stand on end was Voldemort and Harry grappling with each other mid-air almost pulling each other's face off. Never intended to be a light hearted film about three friends on an adventure it’s more like an epic battle between the forces of good and evil. The final battle at Hogwarts is splendid with trolls, monsters and blood-sucking creatures amongst the Death Eaters, followers of ‘You-Know-Who’, with the background score providing the perfect buildup.

The last memory of Severus Snape that redeems him and frees him of many accusations deserves a special mention. It has been beautifully portrayed with the use of alliteration of words and memories. From all the characters, Severus Snape, played by Alan Rickman (Sweeny Todd, Galaxy Quest), definitely stands out the most. Ralph Fiennes (famous for The Constant Gardener and Avengers) too has an overpowering role as Lord Voldemort.

Dragon action

Dragon action

Although it does have a lot of action and is quite dark with people dying in the quest, I would recommend the whole family to go ahead and watch it. Fantasy movie fans won’t be disappointed either. The movie is packed with visual effects that thanks to advances in technology, are so much more vivid and well choreographed as compared to Deathly Hallows Part I. The cinematography was definitely worth the wait for this last edition to the series. Action does speak louder than words in this installment as there is barely any dialogue, except when absolutely necessary, which makes the grand finale, the final battle ground between good and evil.

Great special effects

Great special effects

The series on the whole was not exactly up to scale but Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part I and II do make up for lost glory. Thank you Director David Yates who also gave us “Order of the Phoenix,” and “Half-Blood Prince”. You have given Potter fans what they have been hoping for, a spectacular firecracker of an ending.

But this is not the end of Harry Potter as J.K. Rowling has announced pottermore.com to continue the legacy of the boy who lived.

Check out the trailer –

 

Publish date: July 13, 2011 9:18 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:10 pm

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