Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 left me confused. No, not because it does not tie up the loose ends, for it does that wonderfully. I missed an important ingredient in the film, I haven’t figured out what yet.

The movie starts at the same pace at which the previous ended; no needless recaps, no build up, which is how it should be for any movie that calls itself Part 2. Harry Potter and party continue their search for horcruxes and continue to destroy them in order to weaken Voldermot by destroying pieces of his soul. The three leads appropriately look worn out, and through the narrative of the film we meet the important bygone characters like Dumbledor, Sirius Black, James and Lilly Potter. The film does not drag at any point, and I especially liked the manner in which the film, fleetingly yet meaningfully, showed the loss of important characters like Remus, Tonks, and Fred.
Alan Rickman as Snape is wonderful as ever, and for once he is not passing snide remarks. Although, I remember feeling more deeply for the character while reading the book than in the film, still his memory was captured beautifully as quick snapshots of the past.
The action is fast paced, significant and well-placed. I especially liked the scenes inside the Gringotts vaults, complete with a mammoth dragon and cheating goblins. Another impressive action sequence was the battle sequence between Hogwarts golems and the giants from the dark side. Daniel Radcliffe is definitely impressive and appears to have matured as Harry Potter’s character, a man amongst teens. His screen presence is amazing, and he can demand attention even while sharing the screen with the other senior actors of mettle. Another brilliant actor in the film is Helena Bonham Carter, who was brilliantly mellow and perplexed while playing Hermione under a spell.
What I did not like about the movie, is mostly the same what I disliked about the book. The fact that our beloved child-characters remain miraculously unharmed, while the adults keep falling off the face of earth is odd. But the biggest crime of both the book and the film is the 19 years later part. It is so lame that I won’t even talk about it.
So, the movie wraps up the journey of the tiny Harry Potter to manhood, and it does this with remarkable finesse but something is still wrong. I presume it is the lack of anticipation with each of the previous film ended.
But unhappily, it all ends here.


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