Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the best Potter yet and that is hardly surprising. Each film has marked its own place in film history and has grown cinematically with each passing chapter.
The story begins exactly where Part 1 left off with Voldemort taking Dumbledore's wand and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) mourning Dobby at his beachside gravesite. Harry then heads into Shell Cottage and the beginning of the end commences. Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are still on their mission of destroying Voldemort's last Horcruxes.
Their first stop is Gringotts Bank for a Horcrux in Bellatrix Lestrange's vault. Further proof of Helena Bonham Carter's acting excellence is on display as Hermione casts a spell that turns her into Bellatrix for their bank break-in. She impeccably captures Watson's nuances as the female wizard.
Emotional and exquisite, David Yates' work on the last four Harry Potter films has been nothing less than miraculous. That fact is never clearer during the final chapter of the iconic story. And then there are the acting chops of the cast and how they've grown over the years.
Radcliffe, in particular, carries the final film. He has grown into one sensational actor and it is on full display in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Radcliffe channels an inner power that is equally moving as it is mesmerizing. And the yin to his yang onscreen is Ralph Fiennes as he who shall not be named, but of course is since his presence is now hard to ignore! Fiennes' Voldemort character has been surging with power since the early films and it is a treasure to witness the actor showing the first signs of weakness as Harry, Hermione and Ron destroy the last of his Horcruxes.
One doesn't have to be a Harry Potter cinephile to appreciate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The film stands alone as another big-screen good-versus-evil classic. Astounding is only one way to describe how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is to not only fans of the book series, but also film fans who have followed Harry since he was a boy wizard.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is an uplifting movie that celebrates life, good over evil, family, friends and the ties that bind us all. Yet, honestly, it is sad. There is such a finality to it that as the final moments appear on screen, I was surprised at my emotional response to the film's epilogue. It is not only an end to an era, but also the closing of a magical chapter in our culture -- not just popular culture, but the human race's cultural expanse. Our world will likely never see a literary and film franchise with such far-reaching effect. And now, the journey is sadly complete.
Yet, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 rises to that epic challenge, and what a way to go out.
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