A glo­ri­ous fi­nale

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COMETH the hour, cometh the man with the wand.

Yes, af­ter 10 ex­tra­or­di­nary years, here is the screen swan­song of Harry Pot­ter.

No longer the boy with so much to learn of the ways of wiz­ardry, our last long look at Harry sees him all grown up with just one place to go: a thrilling show­down with his ( im) mor­tal en­emy, Lord Volde­mort.

The great thing about Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is that in spite of a mas­sive, guar­an­teed, cap­tive au­di­ence, this im­pres­sive 3D pro­duc­tion never rests on its lau­rels. This is no mere vic­tory lap for the most win­ning movie fran­chise of the mod­ern era.

As the fi­nal screen in­stal­ment of the J. K. Rowl­ing saga races to­wards its tu­mul­tuous fi­nale, there sim­ply isn’t time to sit back and wist­fully re­flect about how far we have all come.

The mo­ment has ar­rived for ac­tions to speak louder than words, and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is first and fore­most an ac­tion movie. A great ac­tion movie. It hits the ground run­ning, re­join­ing the marathon odyssey of Harry ( Daniel Rad­cliffe), Hermione ( Emma Wat­son) and Ron ( Ru­pert Grint) to hunt down the four re­main­ing hor­cruxes that are key to the ev­er­in­ten­si­fy­ing power of Volde­mort ( Ralph Fi­ennes).

Af­ter a stun­ning se­quence, where the heroic trio es­cape the vault of Bel­la­trix Les­trange on the back of a dragon, a fa­mil­iar set­ting be­comes the back­drop for a pow­er­ful end to the tale.

The fa­mous Hog­warts School of Witchcraft and Wiz­ardry be­comes a war-torn bat­tle­ground as op­pos­ing forces of good and evil square off in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

Fi­nally, as it should, ev­ery­thing comes down to an un­for­get­table duel to the death ( and pos­si­bly be­yond) be­tween the de­ter­mined Harry and the de­ranged Volde­mort.

The clos­ing act – which also pro­vides many beloved char­ac­ters from past Pot­ter ad­ven­tures with the op­por­tu­nity to make one last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the tale – is grip­ping, stir­ring and mov­ing.

Fans who know the Pot­ter books in­side-out will par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ate the skil­ful work of di­rec­tor David Yates and screen­writer Steve Kloves.

The pair have far more to do than just tie-up all loose ends. There are sev­eral shock twists and sur­pris­ing about-turns fused into the DNA of Deathly Hallows Part 2. Each is re­vealed at ex­actly the right time. It is only when you take a step back and look at the movie se­ries as a whole that you re­alise how well the mas­ter plan of the Pot­ter pro­duc­ers has been im­ple­mented.

The same amount of plau­dits must go to the en­tire cast, es­pe­cially those who have been in it for the long haul. Rad­cliffe, Wat­son and Grint have had their awk­ward stretches as per­form­ers, but are first-class through­out the fi­nal in­stal­ment. Not bad at all for three kids plucked from ob­scu­rity to play roles des­tined to be cher­ished for sev­eral gen­er­a­tions to come.

Though it does in­deed hurt to say good­bye, al­most all Pot­ter fans will agree this farewell could not have been han­dled any bet­ter. A fit­ting end to a decade that had the whole world be­liev­ing in magic.

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