Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

From left, Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter star in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2."

courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Jaap Buitendijk

Fourteen years, 4,195 pages, seven books, and 16 hours and 206 minutes worth of film after J.K. Rowling began writing the bestselling “Harry Potter” series, the end has finally come. Potter fans have waited eight months for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” Luckily, it doesn’t disappoint. 

In the concluding entry in the series, Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their search for the magical Horcruxes in an effort to defeat the dark Lord Voldemort once and for all. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles for the final time as does Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, and Ralph Fiennes as the evil Voldemort. 

Matthew Lewis and Evanna Lynch also reprise their roles as fan favorites Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood.

With a running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, “Hallows – Part 2” is the shortest of the series. However, pacing is one of the film’s best aspects. It doesn’t play catch-up and hits the ground running, literally. Its first shot is the last shot of “Hallows – Part 1.” 

The action does not start immediately. But once it does, it never lets up. Director David Yates finds a way to keep the film flowing smoothly by finding a perfect balance of action and drama. At the same time, he avoided some of the more cumbersome parts of the previous films, such as drawn-out conversations. 

“Hallows – Part 2” is possibly the most emotionally draining film I have ever seen. Although “Potter” fans who have read the books know who dies, who lives, and how the series ends, the film is written in a way that emphasizes the characters and keeps them refreshing.

The emotional, hour-long Battle of Hogwarts culminates into the climactic battle between good and evil. Although the on-screen battle differs a bit from the page, it delivers exactly what the audience wants to see in the final battle between Harry and Voldemort.

Like “Return of the King,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Last Crusade,” and other such series-concluding films before it, “Deathly Hallows – Part 2” gives the series the sendoff that it deserves. Yates and everyone else involved should be proud of their work. Ending a series like this is not an easy thing to do; however, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” wraps up the series in the best way possible – satisfying its audience.

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