Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) DVD / Blu-Ray

By: Julio De Francisco (A Toast) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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Warning, minor spoilers are referenced in this review.  You’ve been warned.

The boy who lived is closer to finding the remaining horcruxes that harbor the souls of you know who.  And when he destroys them, it will all end.

Knowing this would be the last film in the series was probably the hardest part about watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. My interest in Harry Potter began 10 years ago.  At the time I was 19 years old, going to community college, and working on project called Movie Comics (examples I wrote provided below).

Artwork by Mr.
Furious – Box Office Record

Artwork by Mr.
Furious – Beating of Harry
Potter – Part 1

Artwork by Mr.
Furious – Beating of Harry
Potter – Part 2

Even though I ripped on Harry Potter I enjoyed the movies, so I decided to buy the books and quickly became a fan.  Perhaps not to the level where I’d dress up at the movie theaters, but I’d definitely fill out one of those “Which Harry Potter character are you?” online quizzes (and hope I scored Neville Longbottom).

For as big of a fan base as it’s gotten, it doesn’t surprise me that I, like many other critics, thought the final movie was very worthy of the name “Harry Potter”.

A Toast

I raise a glass to how concise and fun director David Yates made the movie.  It is a major challenge to adapt a book to film.  I was a bit irritated when I heard that this movie was going to be split into two parts, but now that I’ve seen both films I’m glad that they did, and wish they had done the same with parts 3, 4, 5, and 6.  While each of those films did a good job of getting through the story, there was a lot missing that I wish they had included.  In the case of the Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows, I felt like they touched on a little bit of everything and gave the last half of the book its due.

If you think about it, people shooting light out of their wands and saying spells may seem pretty lame.  But, in Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows, they found a way to make it awesome.  I enjoyed watching the spells cast by the witches and wizards and the duels and battles where all of the main characters got involved.  We get to see Neville Longbottom in action, Professor McGonegall duel Headmaster Snape, and Harry Potter fly a broom once again.  The werewolves, giants, and spiders fighting against Hogwarts guards were also fun to watch.

Things get epic!

I had noticed this in Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows, but in Part 2 it’s more obvious.  The kids that we grew up with over the course of the series have gotten better at performing in front of a camera.  Some characters were a little more token than others.  Unlike the prior movies, I never rolled my eyes after listening to a child actor deliver a line.  All the acting was spot-on.

Matthew Lewis has one hell of a future in acting.  Kudos.

Helena Bonham Carter did a great turn as Hermione Granger, which really made me think she might deserve a nomination for supporting actress.  I was impressed with the scene where Hermione had changed into Bellatrix Lestrange using polyjuice potion.  It probably won’t happen for this one, but she’s an actress who I believe has an Oscar coming her way, if not for this role, another in the near future.

This is quality, Grade A acting, folks

Lastly, I’m glad the movie had romance but not so much that it would cause eye rolling.  One thing that always made me feel weird was the relationship between Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.  On screen, there is no chemistry.  It really felt like watching high school students sharing a kiss on stage for Romeo and Juliet when they pucker up.  I was worried that they would over do it, but it turned out not to be as bad as I anticipated.  They had a few kisses here and there, but I’m glad they cut Bonnie Wright out of the very last scene and focused on the main characters.

I could use a few
beers.  Accio
beer!

Hmm, still not
enough.  Accio
beer!

Yeah… still not any
better!  Accio,
beer!

Ah, that’s better.

Verdict

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ve probably already seen the movie by the time this review comes out.  If, however, you’re on the fence about watching it because you can’t (for one reason or another) watch a movie that you think is meant for kids, you need to suck up your pride.  It made 168 million dollars in the first weekend, you cannot go wrong.

 

Bonus Drinking Game

Take a drink: anytime someone says a spell out loud.

Take a shot: when a Horcrux is destroyed.

Take a drink: whenever Voldemort apparates (teleports).

Take a drink: when anyone kisses.

Take a shot: when camera focuses on Harry Potters junk for 4 seconds.

Take a shot: upon seeing Voldemort as an aborted fetus.

Take a shot: whenever a character dies.

Last Call

Don’t bother sitting through the credits, no extra scenes.

Check out Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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