I haven't reviewed a Potter film in a long time...or have I ever? Not sure, but HP7P2 deserved a review.
We return to the quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's horcruxes, pieces of his soul that he put in an object....and some living things...Harry realizes where the next horcrux is and we are witness to an exciting bank robbery, which we haven't had in a long time. Then Harry takes us back to Hogwarts where the next two horcruxes (wink)
and a battle ensues. Lives are lost, secrets are revealed, and a chilling realization dawns upon Harry. "Neither can live while the other survives."
This last installment in the epic Potter series has everything one could ask for: romance, death, magic, defiance, and so much more.
By making the last book into two films, the writers were able to adapt the novel pretty damn well. The two films before Deathly Hallows Part 1 had lost some of the magic of the old films, including the epic Potter tune that everyone recognizes. These films also strayed farther from the novels than ones before. Personally, I'd rather be in a theater for three hours than watch a shorter film that doesn't adapt the books faithfully. Then Deathly Hallows Part 1 was just so bleak and depressing. It wasn't not enjoyable, but just not as enjoyable as the first ones. Thankfully, Part 2 was riveting, just awesome. And then, as I continued to enjoy it, the reason it got a 100% instead of a 90% filled my ears like a sweet deliverance from Heaven. I heard the iconic Potter theme! Oh so sweet, it was. I can still hear it now, I can still feel how my heart beat with joy at finally hearing it after being starved from it for two films. From that moment on, I finally felt like I was watching a Harry Potter film. The mood was set for me from then on.
The cast did a fantastic job. Radcliffe was great, Watson was great, Grint was great. And Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort....you can't go wrong. The acting, overall was great.
I watched as Harry made the ultimate sacrifice, I watched as Hogwarts was defiant against the Dark Lord even when all seemed lost. I watched as Crabbe wasn't with Malfoy because of cannabis possession....or maybe not but I knew that was why. And when all was won, when the 19 years later came, I watched as Harry's children headed to Hogwarts to experience the magic that we all experienced with Harry, although their adventures would be....er...safer. As the credits came and the iconic theme came on, I could finally end my night in peace. THIS was a Harry Potter movie. It was worth putting up with the two films prior to the epic close just to hear the sweet music and watch Harry forever live on in the world behind the screen.
The Boy Who Lived Will NEVER Die!