A fitting end for fantasy
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Rhys Ifans, Ciara´ n Hinds, Jamie Campbell Bower. Directed by David Yates. 131 minutes. Rated M (contains violence). Showing at Lighthouse Cinemas and Reading Porirua. Reviewed by NICOLE BAXTER, Aotea College student
It all ends here. Part two of the climactic finale of the Harry Potter series ( JK Rowling’s last book, The Deathly Hallows, was split in two for the movies) brings the epic to a close, including the final showdown between Voldemort and Harry, and the destruction of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
There was a buzz-filled Lighthouse Cinema in Pauatahanui at 12.01 Thursday morning for the premiere. As soon as the Warner Bros. logo came up on the big screen, a hush filled the cinema and the story began its end.
It was a movie full of excitement and sadness even though, from reading the books, I knew what to expect.
But what I really didn’t expect was it to be so humorous. I found myself giggling along with the rest of the crowd, especially when Voldemort gave one of his followers a hug.
I felt director David Yates failed somewhat on the deaths of many beloved characters.
The book had such sudden deaths, with the most brilliant of lines beforehand, but I felt let down by how they were dealt with. However, I love how Tonks and Lupin are just short of holding hands in death, just like they were the last time we see them alive – it was a very poignant moment.
One aspect of the movie that surpassed the book was the explanation given as to how Harry owned the elder wand rather than Snape or Voldemort.
There are many great lines, such as when Professor McGonagall casts a spell to have all the Knight Protectors come to life and defend the castle. She turns to Molly Weasley and says ‘‘I’ve always wanted to use that spell,’’ with a smile.
The best part of the whole movie though, although it was short, was the duel between Molly Weasley and Bellatrix Lestrange. Even after all the deaths and disaster, Molly looks quite pleased with herself for defeating Bellatrix, and defending her daughter.
All in all, the movie was a great ending to a series that will resonate in pop culture for many years. I found it a thrilling movie, powerfully acted. There were equal parts romance, fun and incredible special effects. It was the shortest of the Potter films, at just over two hours, and they could have had a manlier way for Harry to grab Voldemort, instead of looking like he was going in for a kiss, but that’s just a minor quibble.
End of the road: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) has amassed plenty of screen time in the eightfilm franchise, and the finale does not disappoint.