Just the spells from all eight of the Harry Potter movies condensed into 17 minutes of magical mayhem.
Inspired by J. K. Rowling’s famous book series, this video tells the story of our hero’s journey in exactly 60 seconds.
Well it’s finally the day all fans of the Harry Potter franchise have been waiting for, the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. We’ll be posting a few bits and pieces to get you in the mood, starting with The Story of Snape featurette. Evil or good, he’s certainly one of the favourite characters.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is now on general release. Read our review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
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
Warner Bros has released the second Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 featurette which explains what the Horcuxes are and why Harry, Ron and Hermione needs to find and destroy them. Again, it offers up new footage not seen before.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released on the 15th July in 2D, 3D and IMAX.
The first Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 featurette released by Warner Bros focuses on “The Story” of the film. It includes all new footage of the battle of Hogwarts and also a brief look at what I’m wetting my knickers over – Molly Weasley’s duel with Bellatrix Lestrange. Seriously, you can forget Harry versus Voldemort! Watching Julie Waters kick Helena Bonham Carter’s ass* is what I’m talking about.
* We love Helena Bonham Carter (and her ass). We of course mean we can’t wait to see Bellatrix get bitch slapped by Molly.
JK Rowling has finally announced what the new Pottermore website, that appeared a few days ago is all about. In a video posted on YouTube, JK Rowling reveals what fans can expect when the site officially opens to everyone in October.
Pottermore will be an “online reading experience unlike any other… It’s the same story with a few crucial additions, the most important one is you.
Essentially it’s a place where fans can exclusively purchase ebooks and audio versions of the Harry Potter books, as well a new materials that never made it into the seven books. Along side this will be a place fan fans to interact on a social networking level, built around the books. For those who visit Pottermore on 31st July, fans can find out how to get the chance to enter early.
What is Pottermore? Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.