“It all ends here”.
After seven books, seven films and over $15 billion in revenue worldwide, the Harry Potter Series, has come to a close.
Slated to be the best of all, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two left its mark on Harry lovers worldwide.
The second film of the final book showed Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) search for Lord Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) remaining Horcruxes so that, as Ron puts it, “we can finish this, once and for all”.
Very visually dynamic, the special effects were incredible, though there was no point in paying extra for 3D, as it was no different.
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom was a stand-out performance who delivered some of the funniest lines in the film.
There were also many tears at the deaths of Fred Weasley (James Phelps), Lupin (David Thewlis) and Tonks (Natalia Tena) in the Battle of Hogwarts. This heart-wrenching moment was captured beautifully.
Having said that, there were a few scenes that left me disappointed.
For one thing, why have Harry say to Lupin (David Thewlis) when he talks to him after using the Resurrection Stone that he left behind a son, when nothing in the film mentions that Lupin and Tonks (Natalia Tena) are even expecting?
But the biggest letdown of all was the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort.
Rowling wrote the final scene so well in the book that I don’t understand why it needed to be changed.
Instead of Harry and Voldemort facing off in front of the whole school in the Great Hall, with a fantastic speech from Harry, who reveals that Snape (Alan Rickman) was the man Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) always claimed him to be, the viewers get Harry finally defeating and killing Voldemort, outside and alone.
And then, when Harry enters the Great Hall, there is no applause, nothing, for the man who JUST KILLED VOLDEMORT!
Apart from those massive changes, I was overall happy with the rest of the film, especially the Snape “chapter” that explains how he loved Lily Potter and that we get to see Mrs Weasley (Julie Walters) call Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) a bitch.
There was also enough romance to keep viewers happy with Ron and Hermoine FINALLY getting together and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) and Harry reuniting. There’s also a hint of romance between Neville and Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch).
Nineteen years later sees Ron and Hermione, and Harry and Ginny married with children.
It is the fairytale ending that, at the beginning of his life, Harry could never have imagined: a fitting end to the series that has captured the hearts of many.
“And all was well”.
Monique gives it 4 stars!