Guest blogger Emeni Rice reviews the last installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
The end is nigh! The end is nigh!
We all knew it was coming and most fans will know exactly what ‘it’ entails either from reading the book or looking it up on Wikipedia . David Yates’ responsibility was immense, falling under the scrutiny of millions of adoring fans and this final instalment delivers as a thrilling, fantastical and a fitting farewell to these much beloved characters.
For those not in the know, we re-join Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and co, having just buried Dobby (oh Dobby! *sob*) on their search for the remaining Horcruxes. Picking up the pace considerably after rambling across England in Part 1, Harry has to forge an alliance with a treacherous Goblin, contend with a fire-breathing dragon in the vaults of Gringotts and return to his home of Hogwarts, the final battle ground between the boy who lived and vile Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).
The film is very much the slick production we have come to expect from Yates. The special effects, particularly during the battle scenes at Hogwarts, are fantastic and the music of the last two films in particular seem to have matured with the characters, flourishing from its original whimsical lullaby into something much more haunting and melancholy.
Radcliffe steps more comfortably into his heroic role though remains as ever slightly on the stiff side; Rupert Grint is still ‘bloody brilliant’ as steadfast Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger is undoubtedly the most talented of the three. Their on screen chemistry can’t be denied and it’s been quite sweet to watch them all grow up on screen together.
A special mention has to be made of the superb Alan Rickman, who always seemed rather under-used playing the ambiguous Severus Snape in previous films. Understanding the depth of his love for Lily Potter and why Dumbledore trusted him so wholly is really very touching and heart-breaking. (Oh no, I’m welling up again…).
The real revelation of the film however has got to be Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom. Not only has the acting improved immensely but so have his looks! Since completing work on the Deathly Hallows Part 2 it seems Lewis has had his teeth fixed (could he not have magically fixed them for the film?) and is looking rather handsome. Judge for yourselves, boys and girls….
Overall, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 has a great sense of homecoming about it. Present are all the characters, albeit it briefly, from previous instalments – Professors’ Trelawney, Flitwick, Sprout and McGonagall (who kicks ass) et al; all of the Weasley’s (save Percy who seems to have been written out a couple of films ago); members of the Order of the Phoenix; loyal and brave classmates and the indomitable Hagrid, banding together to fight the good fight to end Voldemort and the Death Eater’s tyranny and establish peace in the wizarding world. We lose a few old friends along the way and shed a few tears, revel in brief moments of romance (Ron and Hermione finally snog – hurrah!) and rest easy knowing that the future for our heroes and heroines is contented, peaceful and well-deserved.
The down-side? Only that it’s all over!
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Running Time 130 mins
Director: David Yates
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helen Bonham-Carter