Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 [BSC]
Written By: Liam Walters
Exciting, suspenseful, thrilling and emotional, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is all this, and so much more. After an undisclosed amount of time (at least in terms of the film) we rejoin Harry, Ron and Hermione as they rest up at Shell Cottage. It seems to be not too long since the last film, as Griphook asks the three if they buried Dobby. At the same time, we also see Ron’s family safe and well, so despite it being a relatively short length of time between the two films.
Warning: From This Point Onwards, I Will Be Talking Spoilers.
I was wondering whether we would get a recap of the last films events, like you normally would with a television show, or whether it would continue on with the story as it was. It seems they went with the latter, as we start off with a somewhat slower beginning than we had with the other film. Despite all this, we get to see Hermione all gothed up in leather and corsets and… I think I’ll leave that thought there…
Despite a quite slow start, the action soon kicks in as Harry begins to hunt down each of the horcruxes that are left. This film is quite different to Part 1, in that we see a lot of action, whilst Part 1 mostly set up exposition, as well as we get a lot of answers to questions that were set up in Part 1, such as ‘is Ron’s family alright’ and ‘who is the man looking at Harry in the mirror shard’. The mirror shard is something I brought up in my review of Part 1, saying to anyone who had not read the books, the mirror shard would be a mystery. They do make some attempt at trying to explain this in Part 2, but it still leaves too many open questions.
The plot looses it’s tone problem from Part 1, as with Part 2 being mainly action orientated, the tone doesn’t have much of anywhere to shift to, yet even with a few more darker deaths, the overall tone doesn’t seem as dark as Part 1 had. Despite this, we are given a full throttle high octane film experience, and one that can certainly be enjoyed. It was also quite nice to see Ron’s and Hermione’s relationship finally cemented with their kiss, and I especially enjoyed pretty much any scene that involved Neville Longbottom, having turned into a pretty strong and confident, and weirdly skilled young wizard. It was, infact, pointed out that he was the one who ultimately saved the day by killing Nagini, therefore destroying the last of Voldemort’s horcruxes and making him vulnerable to death.
I do like that a lot of the film was set in and around Hogwarts, as that had been the setting to all of their adventures for such a long time now. It just felt right once Harry returned to Hogwarts, and seeing the battle there made things seem even bigger. I do think it’s a shame that we don’t get to spend a little more time around the Hogwarts teachers, as we only see them for a minute or so each time, especially with Hagrid, as his character seems like he could have had a much larger role in the plot, having protected Harry for so long now.
The finale seems a little… Odd. It just seems like they should be celebrating, but instead they’re all just sitting around in silence until Harry, Ron and Hermione go outside so Harry can round up the couple of other loose plot points, before we skip ahead 19 years. And I must say, I wish I was a wizard, as 19 years and the three of them hardly look aged at all. Ron probably looks the most aged, with a bit thinner hair and a pot belly, but Harry and Hermione more or less look the same. And they’re kids, I mean, attack of the clones or what! The kids each look like either their father or mother depending on if they’re a boy or a girl. It’s just weird.
All in all, I think this is a fantastic film, and it really does give you a sense of completion after seeing those credits roll. If you are anything like me, you’ll be wanting to see this film again. It is not very often we get to see the end of an era, but with this film… I truly think we have.
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