514. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Background info

514-harry-potter-deathly-hallows-2Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Director: David Yates
Year: 2011
Run time: 2hrs 10m

“Part 2 is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.”

Live blog

0:35 – Previously on Harry Potter…
4:03 – “You’re a very unusual wizard.”
6:36 – So used to John Hurt’s big dragon voice, the weak voice is disconcerting.
8:58 – It’s fun that Harry Potter is all beardy now.
11:39 – Bellatrix isn’t so much about the ‘good mornings’.
21:08 – Poor dragon being unable to fly properly.
27:58 – I’ve forgotten the situation with the mirror.
32:05 – Torturing first years, that’s quite the new regime.
33:33 – “I realise it’s not much to go on.”
35:39 – Snape seems even more goth as headmaster.
38:17 – These films do have a most excellent use of thunder.
46:29 – I’m amazed anyone questions Voldemort. He’s not amenable to being questioned.
48:46 – That’s almost a “if you have to ask, I’m not going to tell you.”
52:28 – The last thing you want to do is give You-Know-Who rage.
1:02:24 – “If we die for them, Harry, I’m going to kill you.”
1:07:18 – I know the movies have been getting darker and darker but this one is basically a blackout.
1:18:13 – Fat baby Potter.
1:27:35 – Resurrection stone will come in handy for someone who has to die.
1:28:28 – But they never even mentioned Remus’ son before. BAH!
1:36:24 – “Of course it’s happening inside your head, why should that mean it’s not real?”
1:51:34 – It’ll take Filch an age to clean that up.

Conclusions

From the traipsing around of part one, this finale really does ramp things up to a big old wizardy action sequence. There’s a lot that annoys me about this one, things like the fact they make a big deal about Teddy despite barely mentioning Tonks and Lupin’s relationship this whole time, but there’s also a lot to like. Neville finally getting his moment to shine is fantastic.

The bit where Harry sort of dies and goes to talk to Dumbledore didn’t work so well on screen for me, it was a bit Matrix purgatory, but it built up to a fantastic battle towards the end. Harry tricking Voldemort and their head-to-head was great. Mrs Weasley defending her daughter, and everyone generally making a bit of a mess.

Bit too much snake across the whole series, clearly aimed at fans rather than newbies to the Hogwarts world, but all in all I thought it came to a strong and satisfying conclusion. Also, Daniel Radcliffe as an older Harry Potter was truly bizarre, he genuinely looked middle aged.

Rating: 4/5.

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