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Movie Review – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2

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Like Mike
Like Mike

Well, after eight movies and 10 years, the film versions of Harry Potter have finally come to an end with the second instalment of the final movie in the series, The Deathly Hollows Part 2. With the first book coming out in 1997, and the next six also being released over a 10 year period, this in many ways ends a 14 year odyssey for many people around the world. I’ve only ever watched the movies, but at 30 years of age even 10 years of these films have been a big part of my life.  It’s hard to even comprehend how the younger readers and viewers who have been there since 1997, and possibly started as young as six or seven when they first read the books, must feel about this final film. So, going in, I knew this was a major event coming to an end and the emotion involved may actually get a tear out of me, maybe.

“The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.”

I think this was a great ending to the series and in many ways really isn’t a standalone film, though it should never be viewed as such. This is the big crescendo to this epic series and I’m man enough to admit it pulled a few tears from my eyes. Not even because it was sad, but because the raw emotion and pressure of time of 10 years for these characters, and us the audience, was ever present and I found it a great send off. In fact I would go as far as saying it was a powerful film, not for the message, but for the sheer history of the whole thing. Also straight afterwards I went out and bought the first book in the series to keep a 10 year promise. An ex girlfriend of mine tried to get me to read the books, which she was a huge fan of, and I promised her way back in 2001 that I would once I’d seen all the movies. Though the relationship might not have lasted, my promises do, so I look forward to now sinking my teeth into the books and really rounding out the world of Harry Potter.

9.5 out of 10 from me!

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