A fit­ting end for fan­tasy



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.

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