It all ends, just like the poster says, and what an ending it is. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2 brings to a conclusion one of the most beloved, profitable, inspiring and imaginative sagas of all time, and its ending is one that fans, both die hard and casual, will love. When it was announced that Deathly Hallows would be broken up into 2 halves, many people (including myself) thought it was just Warner Bros. way of making a cash grab, trying to milk as much as they could from their golden goose of a franchise. I understood why they would do such a thing, but thought it unnecessary, seeing as how they were able to take Goblet of Fire (which many thought should have been split in 2) and make it into one film. But after seeing pt.2 I understand exactly what they were going for, and I’m glad they made the move to split the book into 2 films.
Pt.2 picks up right where pt.1 left off with Harry and friends in a mad dash to find the remaining horcruxes (items that hold part of Voldemort’s soul) and destroy them so that Harry can finally defeat Voldemort. Pt.2 is a far cry from its predecessor, where pt.1 lagged and presented exposition and took it’s time at a slow but steady pace, showing itself to be more a road movie, where Harry and co. were running for their very lives, dodging danger at seemingly every corner, while setting up the events that would take place in the next installment. Pt.2 starts off like it’s first half counterpart, slowly but steady, then takes off, never really letting up until the very end, with only brief respites in-between action sets that are just extraordinary, which makes pt.2 stand apart and be its own film while still linked to the previous one. And unlike other action films (which this final installment truly is) the pauses in-between aren’t there for the audience to catch its breath and the film to take a break. There’s important information that’s divulged and life altering secrets that are revealed that are paramount, not just to the characters themselves, but to the entire saga itself.
The movie is a brisk 130 minutes, though some of those 130 are due to the closing credits of the film. And out of all the Potter films, this is the shortest, which makes sense since three quarters of the book Deathly Hallows was placed in pt.1 of the movie. What’s left is the action, which is basically the entire final quarter of the book which constitutes this movie. Director David Yates was able to capture J.K. Rowling’s imagination, which she laid out in beautiful detail on the battle of Hogwarts, and bring it to life in a way that more than does the source material justice. It’s a breath taking, dizzying, amazing and tremendous feat to see the battle unfold, as the Castle’s statues come to life, acting as its protectors. Professors and students alike fight side by side, many to the death, as their school is bombarded and decimated all around them, to save their, school, their future and for Harry, so he can succeed in his mission in bringing down Voldemort.
But the one thing the movie achieves over others is that the action doesn’t outshine or take away from the actors in the middle of it. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint prove they know these characters almost as well as the person who created them, giving performances that look like it comes to them with an ease many actors much older than they would have trouble pulling off. Probably the greatest performance is given by Alan Rickman, who manages to show the audience a side of Professor Snape many didn’t know existed, and it is his character’s revelation, I believe, the audience will feel the most for as his performance is just extraordinary. If he doesn’t at least get an Oscar nod for best supporting actor, then there is no justice.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2 serves as a fitting end to a great film series. It’s clear both cast and crew wanted to craft an ending that would befit all the fans who’ve stayed this long and who have been waiting to actually see this ending after reading it (for the many who have read the books and seen the movies) years before. I applaud Warner Bros. and the producers of the film series for splitting Deathly Hallows in 2 rather than clump it all into one movie. The mood and emotional toll pt.2 takes on you is a heavy one, as it is meant to be. Many major characters are lost, some of whom have been there since the beginning, and we feel their loss tremendously when it happens. The ending, that is the final scene and the final shot, serves as an emotional and bittersweet tip of the hat to the fans, many of whom have grown up along with these characters, and gives a perfect sense of closure to a series that will go on and inspire generations to come in the wonder, mystery and…magic that is Harry Potter.