HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 Review
What to say about HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2? There’s so much that happened, so much that we as a fandom have been through, that writing up a review for the end of all that is presenting itself to be very difficult for me! But I’ll give it a go. Fair warning for those of you that haven’t seen the movie or read the books – there be spoilers ahead!
Take my advice and if you are going into the final chapter of the film franchise blind, stop reading now!
For those of you that are still around, onward to the review!
Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the end of the Harry Potter movie franchise. As such, a lot of things happen that needed to be crammed into a 130 minutes. We begin Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with Harry, Hermione, and Ron still on the run from Lord Voldemort. Voldemort now has the elder wand, and he and his army are once again ready to rule the wizard world.
The battle begins. I’m not sure what made me more of an emotional wreck, Professor McGonagall dueling with Snape to keep Harry safe, or when the doors to the great hall burst open and the remaining members of The Order of the Phoenix marched in, ready to do battle. Regardless of which was more harrowing for me, I was still a blithering mess in my seat.
The Death Eaters arrive at Hogwarts ready to take down the castle, but Voldemort promises that if the students give up Harry, everything will be fine. In one hilarious moment, a Slytherin steps forward and demands that Harry be sent to Voldemort. McGonagall immediately locks all the Slytherin house in the dungeons. Personally, I laughed right out loud. I might have clapped as well, I don’t rightly remember.
With Slytherin out of the way, Harry needs some time to find the object of Ravenclaw’s that Voldemort has used as a Horcrux. While the battle rages on around him, Harry is in a race against time. With the help of Luna Lovegood, he manages to locate the tiara and destroy it, taking a piece of Voldemort with him, as all of the horcruxes do.
Back on the side of the Death Eaters, Voldemort discovers that the elder wand, the most powerful wand in the world, is not really working the way that he wants it to. He calls on Professor Snape, and we get a brief history lesson on the elder wand.
Apparently, it only truly belongs to the person that took it from its previous owner. It will not respond fully to anyone else. Since Voldemort wasn’t the one to kill Dumbledore, he explains to Snape that he must die in order for the wand to respond to him.
Spoiler alert – Snape dies. By the hand of Voldemort, and will probably go down in history as one of the best double agents EVER. Voldemort never knew he was working for Dumbledore, even up until the very end.
And what an end. A memory of Snape’s reveals a conversation that he had with Dumbledore. When Voldemort went to kill Harry and Lily stepped in front of the spell, that fateful day that started this entire fight, part of Voldemort attached itself to baby Harry.
Meaning (ready for this?) Harry is also a horcrux that will need to be destroyed.
Back in Hogwarts castle, Voldemort decides to give everyone time to bury their dead, and this is where we see who survived and who lost their lives in battle.
Fred Weasley was killed, along with Lupin and Tonks. Several other students, and the entire castle is falling apart around them. Voldemort then calls Harry to the Forbidden Forest to end the fight once and for all.
So, ladies and gentlemen, being the brave man that he is, Harry marches into the Forbidden Forest, ready to duel with the Dark Lord. But not before he opens the golden snitch to reveal the resurrection stone – one of three of The Deathly Hallows. This stone allows Harry to see his mother, father, Sirus, and Lupin.
In a scene that broke my heart, Harry asks them all if death will hurt, and if they will stay with him. His family assures him that they will always be next to him, and off Harry goes. Once faced with Voldemort, it isn’t long before Harry is dead.
I won’t spoil the ending, but suffice to say that it will blow your mind.
With the recap out of the way, let’s get onto the review.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was amazing. It was an epic ending to a long running series, and one that will forever hold a very, VERY special place in my heart.
The battle for Hogwarts was beautifully done, and I felt that the somewhat complicated plot was explained in a way that even people who haven’t read the book could understand. I think reading the series helped in a lot of ways, and also makes the movies even better, but I understand that not everyone is a reader (but you should really try with these!).
I just have a few things (actually just one) that I feel could have been done differently. This is one of those spoilers that I warned you about, so don’t read if you don’t know the outcome!!
Fred, Lupin, and Tonks deserved a MUCH bigger farewell than what we were given. Lupin and Tonks weren’t even MENTIONED, they were just shown laying side by side with their hands outstretched. With a pair like that, especially Lupin, SOMETHING needed to be said about their death.
And Fred – don’t get me started on how all of a sudden we were just shown Fred’s dead body. For those that DON’T read the books, they would never have known if it was Fred or George laying on that sheet. And to not SHOW Fred’s death? Did anyone else feel cheated?
But that’s all that I have to complain about. Mrs. Weasley still kicked some series ass with Bellatrix, and McGonagall is, and will forever be, the best headmistress Hogwarts has ever had.
While this is the end of the series, we will forever hold Harry Potter in our hearts. Always.
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