Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (3D): Film #56 of Film 365

Wednesday 27th July 2011

Director: David Yates
Year: 2011
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davies, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Bonnie Wright

I'm having a bit of a Harry Potter-themed film-a-thon at the moment, it seems (although there are whole weeks between me watching the movies - I'm not doing at all well with this whole one-a-day thing. Or even one-a-week thing, come to that)! 

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this movie - the end of franchises often have an excitable feel to them, but they're also often something of a letdown. I have to say though, the final Harry Potter didn't feel like a let-down at all. I really enjoyed the first Harry Potter 7, but I'm happy to say I think this is even better. After watching both of the final movies, I really don't have a problem with them turning it into a two-parter.

During this movie I didn't once feel like things were being included unnecessarily - it rushes along at a ripping pace; exactly what you want from a final, battle-ridden movie. Having said that, it still found time to stop and follow Harry, Ron and Hermione as they figured things out and behaved like, well, 17-year olds. Even the ending, which, just before it began, I thought was unnecessary, won me over (health warning here though: if you haven't read the book, it is cheesy).

Overall, a really satisfying end to an enjoyable series. Now I'm off to watch them all in order (barring the first one, which I saw last week), as ITV are showing one per week.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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