Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry, Hermione, and Ron (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) continue their search to destroy the last remaining Horcruxes, the vessels holding the evil Lord Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) soul. Of course, with every passing moment Voldemort’s strength grows stronger, and now that he possesses the elder wand, the strongest magic wand known to exist, Harry and the rest of Hogwarts School of Magic will have a bigger and nastier battle on their hands. As allegiances are made all is revealed, but who will survive; and, what final lessons will Harry learn from his mentors Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and Snape (Alan Rickman)? Ten years after the whole series began, I’m proud to say Potter finishes strong with a satisfying punch. Given where Part 1 left off it seems pretty evident that all that’s really left to play out is one giant battle, and that’s mostly true, but then there are also a fair amount of loose ends that need tying up to really satisfy the true Potterheads. Mission accomplished on both accounts; however, as to be expected with any adaptation for film there are some deviations from the book. Usually this is okay, although in this case there are a few key points that get almost glossed over and don’t allow the film to cash in on what could be strong emotional moments, unfortunate but not show stopping. Meanwhile just as we’ve come to expect, special effects and sound design are top notch, and the score scores points as well. Having now watched these budding actors grow into the well crafted adults has a satisfying sentiment as well. 3D effects for this installment are a miss, although the special Harry Potter round style 3D glasses are kind of fun. Worth your time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is rated PG-13.