‘Harry Potter’ finale movie will blow you away

2011-07-14 00:00

THE final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise is quite simply stunning, and packs more action into two hours than the preceding seven films did in total.

It kicks off with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) still safe in the home of Ron’s brother, Bill (Domhnall Gleeson) and his wife, Fleur (Clémence Poésy), on the coast.

But the trio soon set off in search of another horcrux (an object in which the evil Lord Voldemort has placed one-seventh of his soul). This one, a golden goblet that once belonged to Hogwarts’ founder, Helga Hufflepuff, is stashed away in a Gringott’s vault belonging to Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter), and they work with Griphook the goblin (Warwick Davis) to gain entry into the wizarding bank.

After finding the goblet, Griphook ­betrays them, and the trio make their escape on the back of a dragon — a truly impressive sight in 3D specs. Then it’s back to Hogwarts, but forget about comfy sofas and quidditch, this is a castle where the students live in fear, and those who don’t stick to the rules are punished.

The moment Harry and his two best mates appear, though, the students rally and prepare, with their teachers, to defend the castle from the invading Death Eaters, and other dark creatures summoned by Voldemort.

Cue an intense battle, during which Ron and Hermione head to the Chamber of Secrets to get a basilisk tooth to destroy the goblet — only the venom from this giant snake can kill off the evil magic, you see — while Harry searches for another horcrux, the lost diadem of another Hogwarts founder, Rowena Ravenclaw. It too is destroyed, leaving just one more, Voldemort’s pet snake, Nagini, or so they think ...

Fans of the books will know different, but in case you’re not an aficionado, I’ll not spoil it for you.

It’s also important to note that Deathly Hallows Part 2 is not all action — there are moments in the film where simple acting shines, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I was in tears on more than one occasion.

Yes, there are some changes made to J. K. Rowling’s book, but they’re small and easily forgiven, and I left the cinema feeling that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a fitting finale to the magical world created by this British author while drinking coffee in a café. ****

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