Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
Part 2

Reviewed by Roe, age 17, Oman

Editor's Note: This review may contain a few "spoilers."

The movie starts where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 left off, with Dobby (not cast in this movie) dead and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) having obtained the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) tries to find the remaining horcruxes with the help of his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). The plot gets more and more gripping as they go to Hogwarts to search for the last horcrux - where they meet their friends Neville (Matthew Lewis), Ginny (Bonnie Wright), Luna (Evanna Lynch), Cho (Katie Leung), Seamus (Devon Murray) and others. Voldemort has finally realized that Harry is hunting horcruxes, and surrounds Hogwarts with his terrifying army. A battle ensues, at the end of which Harry, as usual, takes the noblest way there is.

The Hallows, meanwhile, take you through an interesting trail of their own - the stone comes to light in the end, the cloak - well, Harry always owned it, of course - and the wand, although physically in Voldemort's possession, turns out to give its allegiance to someone else.

It is hard to review this movie without giving away spoilers, but it is a movie I'll never have seen too many times. The desolate background music at the start, together with Dobby's grave, is aptly bone-chilling. Daniel is at his acting best when he confronts Snape (Alan Rickman) in the Great Hall ("how dare you stand where he stood!") making your hair stand on end. McGonagall (Maggie Smith)'s brave demeanour, especially with her no-nonsense dialogues ("And his name is Voldemort, so you might as well use it - he's going to try and kill you either way") score the movie a lot of 'cool points'. Alan Rickman is phenomenal in Snape's death scene; the unusual fear in his eyes and his love for Lily make me an instant fan of his. Ron's desolate weeping on a family member's body and Hermione's teary "I'll go with you" can break a heart, and the ultimate question at the end, asked by Harry so completely childishly, "Does dying hurt?" is every bit as heartfelt and touching as you'd think.

The movie may not be exactly like the book (when has it ever been?) and yet most of the changes were either favourable or logical. The shortest movie of all the Harry Potter movies, it is perhaps the most action-filled and fast paced one. David Yates has done an excellent job once again - Harry Potter fans will not be disappointed. Once you've finished seeing the movie, you will sit back, wipe your tears, and say, "This is how it was supposed to end." Don't miss out on it - it's a must-watch.

I give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 5 out of 5 stars. In fact, I'd give it 6 if I could.

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March 15, 2012

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