Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
Reviewed by Lauren, age 16, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
The final film of the Potter series has been released, complete with massive spellcasts, stone soldiers, and flying dragons abound. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) embarks with his trusted friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they search for the pieces of Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) soul that he extracted from his being and hid in obscure locations, going up against hordes of wizards and magical creatures in the process. But Voldemort has his own designs, namely, to find each part of the Deathly Hallows - the Elder wand (the strongest wand created), the resurrection stone, and the cloak of invisibility. Each horcrux is more difficult to obtain than the last, culminating in an epic battle that will satisfy any Potter fan.
There didn't seem to be as much humor in this film compared to the others in the series. The movie placed a lot more focus on Harry and Jenny's relationship (and Hermione and Ron's) than was necessary, and the actual quest portion of the movie focused on the people rather than the places. The different trials were well done - duplicating goblets to hide the real one, the dragon ride, and the room of requirement were spectacular visually. I love how Luna played a larger role in the action, too. As one of the queerest characters, she brings a sense of calm in the stream of tension. Neville also takes more of the spotlight, being the first to declare his belief in Harry when the hero is believed dead. Overall, the supporting characters and creatures kept the movie magically infused, despite the dreariness of Voldemort's crew.
I give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 4 stars out of 5.