By Lane Roberts
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ll know that July 15th brought the end of an era to millions of people around the world when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II was released. In the highly anticipated finale, the battle between good and evil escalates into an all-out war and, in order to defeat Lord Voldemort, Harry must make the ultimate sacrifice to save the wizarding world.
Although I once considered the splitting of the final book a cheap ploy to make the studio more money at the box office, I warmed up to the idea. The two parts seemed less rushed than earlier films, which faced the daunting task of trying to fit 700+ pages of plot into two-hour movies. Part II does not stray far from the novel’s original storyline.
The film delivers in every way the audience could want, containing several action sequences complete with impressive special effects that contrast nicely with Part I, whose monotonous traveling sequences disappointed many audiences. And although Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson (Harry, Ron, and Hermione, respectively) look like amateurs next to Britain’s finest actors (Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, and Maggie Smith), their performances were solid and commendable.
For those of us who have grown up with Harry, it is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye, but in what may have been the best film of the series, the boy wizard goes out with a satisfying bang that will leave a lasting impression on moviegoers.