Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Release date: July 15, 2011
Director: David Yates
Novel by: J.K. Rowling
Screenplay by: Steve Kloves
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Tom Felton, Jason Isaacs, Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Miriam Margolyes, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson, Gary Oldman, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Clémence Poésy, John Hurt, Mark Williams, Kelly MacDonald, Ciarán Hinds, Natalia Tena, Helen McCrory, Katie Leung
It is finally over. Ten years of our lives have gone, and we’ve gone through them alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. The franchise has grown so much, that they don’t even need the Harry Potter logo on the posters any longer. We are familiar with the characters, seeing their faces… we just know.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 picks up right after Part 1 — if you didn’t know Book7 was split into two, maybe you shouldn’t watch this one… yet. Harry (Radcliffe), alongside Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson), had been looking for Voldemort’s (Fiennes) pieces of soul which he put in very specific artifacts to ensure he wouldn’t ever die. His minions have taken over Hogwarts, and Snape (Rickman) is the Headmaster.
As the Dark forces seem to be winning, the trio must enter the castle, take it back, and destroy the remaining pieces of soul to finally destroy Voldemort.
My fears for Part 2 were confirmed, there wasn’t really any meat left in the bone. Don’t get me wrong, the film was action-packed, and had its own very good heartfelt moments… but it really is just it, the second part of a movie. It confirms how the splitting of the book wasn’t really necessary because as much as I loved Professor McGonagall (Smith) doing the spell she always wanted to do, and how rocking Neville Longbottom (Lewis) was finally able to be, the final battle at Hogwarts was really extended, the duel between Harry and Voldemort wasn’t climatic enough, and we never got to know anything much about Dumbledore’s family or past with Grindelwald.
If Part 1 was all about the trio, Part 2 ended up being all about Severus Snape. Alan Rickman, I tip my wizard hat to you. Even with the minimum screen time, he managed to bring the most heartfelt moment in all of the series (that I can remember). This feeling wasn’t brought back by Snape’s memory, but just the simple shot of Rickman almost motionless and the delivery in that painful “you have Lily’s eyes.”
Technically, the film is par with its predecessor since the same crew is involved, but I would really suggest people to catch it on 2D since the 3D has very little to do with the movie. On a purist perspective, we were meant to see Harry Potter in 2D and nothing would be missing because the characters are already real to us.
However, just as the epilogue in the book felt straight out of bad fanfiction writing, the inclusion of the epilogue in the film seems like pandering. Not even the greatest of makeup could make any of the younger actors look 19 years older convincingly — the situation lends itself to so many jokes, and makes the closing of the film less emotional.
Overall, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a resolution film that is only meant to close the Harry Potter chapter in our lives. It compliments Part 1 accordingly, but it’s rather weak as a stand-alone piece.