The Harry Potter films have always been very impressive on an artistic and cinematic level. All these films are definitely very well made and very well acted by the entire cast, which includes Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter, and many more. We’ve seen these characters go through all sort of adventures, and it all ends in this much-anticipated bittersweet finale.
Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan, there is something about the atmosphere of these films and it’s many characters that draws you into their world and make you interested in what’s happening. This installment is titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and the “Part 2” might suggest that you need to have some pre-existing knowledge before you jump into this one. I think as long as you know that Harry Potter is the boy with the big round glasses, you are good to go.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 is from director David Yates, who also directed the previous three Harry Potter outings. This one is certainly faster paced than a usual Harry Potter adventure, but it knows how to slow down when it needs to. You get a sense of danger and urgency right from the beginning, and the film manages to maintain that intense tone right up till the end. I was never bored at any point, and the two hours whizzed by surprisingly and pleasantly fast.
What I like about this film, and also all the Harry Potters actually, is that they are family friendly. There is no crude humour, extreme violence, or anything that is inappropriate for kids. These films show you how to effectively create an eerie and scary atmosphere, and it’s definitely not by sawing someone’s arm off or throwing blood everywhere. Deathly Hallows Part 2 is not as scary as Part 1, but it’s still very dark and intense.
There are plenty of exciting action scenes, including a full blown attack on the Hogwarts castle. You get to see giant monsters and huge hoards of wizards shooting at each other, but it never reaches the epic level of something like The Lord of the Rings. Nevertheless, it’s good that this film focuses more on the emotional component of the story and moving the plot forward rather than just trying to make the battle scenes as large and long as possible.
Judging from all the enthusiastic cheering and clapping in the theater, I’m not the only one who enjoyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. For Harry Potter fans, this is a satisfying conclusion to a powerful and unforgettable film franchise.