I went into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 with some sorrow and trepidation, The Doors song ‘The End’ swirling around in my head. This is it for Harry Potter. No more books or movies to come. It’s the end of an era for people who grew up with the series, and it’s going to leave a void. You could compare the feeling to the finale of a really good television series or the breakup of your favourite band.
As I stood in line waiting to be let into the theatre, I overheard conversations that reflected this. Many people got into the books as pre-teens and, like the characters, are now adults that have finished school and are moving on with their lives. This is the final chapter of their adolescence, and the future is scary and uncertain.
I’m not here to pontificate about growing old though, I’m here to tell you if you should bother seeing the film. And if you’re a Potter fan, the answer is a resounding hell yes!
You should know that I am a huge Potter fan myself. While I didn’t grow up with the series or read the books, I have adored the movies from the start. I was definitely more anxious about this one than the previous six sequels. What if they screwed it up? Would Potter be tarnished for good? Thankfully this was not the case and the film is near perfection.
If there is one thing you need to know about the movie, it’s that Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) must defeat Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) once and for all. If you haven’t seen any of the previous films, don’t bother starting here. Not only does this pick up right from the end of Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, but you would never be able to appreciate any of it without having lived through the entire saga.
As for the production, it’s by far the best-looking Potter film out of the bunch. Even the 3-D was put to good use and added value instead of taking anything away from the story.
David Yates, who directed the last three Potter films, brought a dark edge to the films that took them to a whole other level. With Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, he has officially left his mark on film history, and an entire generation will forever be grateful. Good-bye Harry, you will be missed.