232nd Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (in IMAX 3D)

A perfect way to conclude an epic 10-year journey.

{WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!}

Now this is how a series should end! After a decade-long adventure, Harry Potter finally killed Lord Voldemort in an epic showdown between good and evil. A deafening silence surrounded the theater for almost two hours, and time was flying so fast. It didn’t take long before the final credits rolled and people began shedding tears of joy, giving the film a big round of applause in the process.

HP7 Part 2 is a rare summer blockbuster which actually prioritizes the story more than the outstanding visual effects. This was my 4th visit to the IMAX theater, but only my 2nd IMAX showing in 3D. Nevertheless, compared to Avatar, the special effects for this one was just as dazzling. I didn’t mind being overcharged because the 3D effects actually made the film even better, which is surprising considering it only underwent post-conversion and wasn’t shot in 3D!

The movie began exactly where part 1 left off, when Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) buried Dobby at the garden of the Shell cottage. Harry Potter visited Lestrange’s (Helena Bonham Carter) vault in Gringott’s, to retrieve one of Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) Horcruxes. They managed to get to Lestrange’s vault and found the Horcrux, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup. While escaping Harry had a vision about the relic of Rowena Ravenclaw, which showed that another Horcrux is just somewhere inside the Hogwarts Castle.

The three Apparate to Hogsmeade in hopes of sneaking into the school and are helped by Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus’s brother. The trio used a passageway to Hogwarts provided by Aberforth, and arrived at the Room of Requirement where Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) Army made a resistance from Snape’s regime. Harry confronted Snape, and Minerva McGonagall (Maggie Smith) intervened and fought Severus (Alan Rickman), who fled instantly. After being dormant in the past few movies, she returned in full force during the time she was most needed. McGonagall and the other Hogwarts staff conjured a barrier to keep the school safe from any attack. Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) gets back to the Chamber of Secrets, broke Hufflepuff’s Cup. Meanwhile, Harry also found the Ravenclaw Diadem and destroyed it. Voldemort then used the Elder Wand to destroy the Hogwarts barrier but he is positive that the wand is not working well with him, as it will only work with the one who killed it’s former owner, Snape.

Voldemort murders Snape, and soon after Voldemort’s exit the trio approached the dying Severus. Harry used Snape’s tear and gets into Pensieve where he saw that Snape actually cared for Harry since the very beginning. Voldemort then initiated the epic battle at Hogwarts, where Tonks, Lupin, Fred Weasley and Lavender Brown died. He taunted Harry to meet him at Forbidden Forest in exchange of his comrades retreating and keeping his other friends safe. Harry faced Voldemort who strikes him with his Killing Curse, unaware that he possesses a resurrection stone.

Harry woke up inside a sort of a dream and talks with Dumbledore who reveals that Harry is in fact a Horcrux and he’s still tied to the living world through Voldemort. Believing that he is truly dead, Voldemort’s army marched down to the defenseless Hogwarts while Harry was being carried by the tied Hagrid. Voldemort tormented the students as they are now vulnerable. Harry reveals himself to be alive and another battle ensues inside the castle, with Harry and Voldemort facing off yet again. On the other hand, Hermione and Ron tries to kill the last Horcrux, Nagini but failed to do the attempt and when the snake is about to attack them, Neville kills it by decapitating its head off using the Gryffindor sword he found inside the Sorting Hat. With his last Horcrux broken, Voldemort succumbs into Harry’s magic. The film concludes 19 years later, when a new generation of young wizards, including Harry and Ginny’s son, Albus Severus Potter, discover for the first time the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, something we wish we could discover all over again. (source: imdb.com).

There was never a dull moment. Although this was probably the darkest film in the series, director David Yates never forgot to include light, funny moments in between the non-stop, fast-paced, action-packed scenes.

I believe this film is the most satisfying and most comprehensible if you didn’t read the book. The action was just superb! It was so mind-blowing that I didn’t even notice the film was more than two hours long. You could also feel the actors’ fondness towards their characters and the whole cast really seemed like one big happy family. Harry and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) were lacking a little chemistry, but I have no complaints with Ron and Hermione. You’ll find out why if you’ve watched the movie.

You can’t help but feel a little nostalgic when the film revisits classic locations like the Gringott’s, Hogsmeade, and even Diagon Alley. Thanks to this final entry, the Harry Potter franchise will forever be certified fresh by critics and will leave everyone satisfied. Kudos to Warner Brothers for setting the bar extremely high for other studios who would want to mimic the same success achieved by the boy who lived (happily ever after).

A true Harry Potter fan will cry when it all ends. I cried too. So believe me when I say that this is the best film of the franchise and also the best film of the year so far. The movies may have ended already, but hey, at least we still have Pottermore. In the meantime, let’s watch the film all over again.

GRADE: A

I agreed with the MAJORITY

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2 thoughts on “232nd Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (in IMAX 3D)

  1. neville longbottom was really a hero during the last battle, good revenge for his parents’ death 🙂 poor nagini but i loved snape even more!

  2. btw. bonnie wright wasn’t right at all. when they did the whole *ill make you look older digitally* bonnie wright’s hair wasn’t right at all. they’re from the future and hair shouldn’t look like that. she’s the only one with effective wrinkles though. HAHAHAHA Kudos Harry Potter!!! i cried too, good thing my sister saved me some kleenex!

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