No! The final in the epic and legendary Harry Potter series has finally been delivered and after eight rather epic instalments, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 closes the curtain on Hogwarts, Harry P, Lord Voldemort et al.
The final instalment is not the best of all the Potters, but according to critics, it still delivers the magical goods and is a more than impressive conclusion to Potter’s adventures.
Hogwarts is in ruins with Quidditch Towers razed to the ground. Dead bodies fill the dining hall. And the journey towards the end of the line is nothing short of dark, dark, dark. It’s a riveting fight to the death as the young or not-so-young-now goody-goody Harry Potter finally comes face-to-face with nefarious arch-rival, Lord Voldemort.
Harry has become a man, before our very eyes, and observing the end is an almost emotional experience as many of our favourite characters make a final appearance, never to be seen by our hungry Potter-obsessed eyes again.
David Yates and Steve Kloves, director and screenwriter respectively have transmogrified the final novel from an unremitting tome into an exhilarating ninety minutes of action and revelation, unlike the Deathly Hallows 1 which was ultimately and quite sadly disappointing and lacked the magic of previous productions.
The final instalment is staggering and not just because it is the last we will see of Master Potter, but because it delivers on a grand scale. It is as dark as a blackberry on a very dark night, splendiferously disturbing and much more intense than the plodding Part 1.
It is a great cinematic moment when Lord Voldemort and Harry finally meet and the showdown is breathtaking and had me holding my breath as I anticipated the finale whilst my heart pounded in my chest.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a fantastical end to a superb collection of iconic movies. Some have been better than others, but on the whole they have been superlative – watched and enjoyed by millions of us.
The legend of Harry Potter has made author JK Rowling something of squillionaire, not to mention a household name throughout the world, in little more than a decade or so. So many, young and old, have enjoyed the Potter legend over the years and the books and movies will no doubt continue to enchant generations to come.
I felt quite tearful as I left the cinema, feeling almost like I had lost friends. Knowing that I would never meet them again. I watched the three young protagonists who I’ve observed from child to adult as they stepped into the magical spotlight for one final curtain call and I felt a tremendous surge of sadness and loss.
Maybe I just need to take an iron supplement and get a life.
Missing you already, Harry Potter. The spell is broken.
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