A Fitting Finale

Potter mania is alive and well with the last Harry Potter Movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part II,” finally released in theaters to great anticipation. Through the series, we’ve seen these actors grow from little kids to mature adults. As well, the movies have gotten darker and more mature too.

However, after each movie, it was always easy to wonder if the new addition to the series would break the mold and lose the sustainability that has made it so special.

But have no fear this time around. It’s safe to say “Deathly Hollows Part II” exceeds all expectations.

It’s totally worth it.

We finally see the epic final battle between Hogwarts School of Wizardry verses Voldemort’s death eaters. This time, the battleground is Hogwarts itself. We also see what the other horcruxes are and how Harry and Co. deal with getting rid of them. We also see secrets revealed about why Harry and Voldemort are connected and why he’s the only person to ever survive the killing curse. It’s safe to say that the answer will shock a lot of people who have not read the book.

With that being said, expect the body count in this movie to be high.

Unlike part one, which was slow-paced and story heavy, part two is nonstop action from start to finish, once Harry and company retrieve a horcrux from Gringotts, the bank found in Diagon Alley. There is a lot of magic flying around, bodies piling up and visuals that are some of the best in the history Potter franchise. The dragon being held captive in Gringotts is one of the best dragons ever seen on the screen. The acting is the same excellent work that we’ve come to expect after the fourth film and it shines here as well. Daniel Radcliffe puts on his best performance as Harry yet. One of the more touching scenes is when Potter surveys the fallen.

It is pulled off so well that some viewers have even shed tears watching it. It is that gripping of a scene.

The final battle between Harry and Voldemort is pulled of so well that you’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout the entire sequence. It’s one big back and forth battle that starts with the iconic trailer scene where Harry pulls himself and Voldemort off of one of Hogwart’s towers.

It’s also nice to see Mrs. Weasley get into a fight herself and showing off that she’s one witch you don’t want to mess with. Also, Neville Longbottom redeems himself by showing he is not totally useless by standing up and beating wizards who are leagues ahead of him. Ron and Hermione also shine with their own horcux hunting. The chemistry between the two actors is spot on.

The biggest gripe in this movie is how some of the character’s deaths are resolved. Whereas in the book these deaths are emotional and have left fans crying for days, here we’re just shown the corpses of the characters. The feeling seeing your favorite character die right before your eyes and what their last words are like in the book made you feel the sorrow going on in the story. Just seeing the character’s corpse kills the feeling of seeing one of your favorite characters dead.

As for the 3D, do yourself a favor and save the three bucks and watch it in 2D. The 3D is hardly there as there are only a handful of scenes that show off the 3D effects. The scenes that do show off the 3D effects are just the usual objects flying at the screen that we’re all tired of.

At long last, the Harry Potter actors have grown up along with their fans and that journey ends here. With great action scenes, superb acting and great visuals Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part Two is a great conclusion to the Harry Potter franchise. Potter fans will be talking about this movie for years.

Godric Gryffindor would be proud.

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Rocco Sansone is a “man of many interests.” These include anime/manga, video games, tabletop RPGs, YA literature, 19th century literature, the New York Rangers, and history. Among the things and places he would like to see before he dies are Japan, half of Europe, and the New York Rangers win another Stanley Cup.

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