Director: David Yates
And so the end is nigh for the young wizard and his Hogwarts cohorts. After seven films full of spells, snakes and surprises, Harry Potter looks to face the final battle with evil Lord Voldemort and his evil brethren. Will Harry defeat him and save the wizarding world? Let’s hope so, otherwise there are going to be lots of little children in floods of tears.
Following immediately on from Part One, Hogwarts is under the control of Professor Snape whilst Voldemort has the powerful Elder Wand in his possession. Things do not look good for Harry, Ron and Hermione, who are on the run from the forces of darkness. The only way to defeat Voldemort is to find the rest of the Horcruxes – tiny parts of his soul – and destroy them. As Harry looks for the final ways in which to gain ultimate victory, the stage is set for an epic showdown on the grounds of Hogwarts.
At this moment you could print a Harry Potter logo on a brick and people would buy it, so it’s a testament to director David Yates and crew that they manage to craft a genuinely dark and exciting film. Of course, if you haven’t watched any of the films before then you’ll be wondering just what in the hell is going on. But the film has been made firmly with the fans in mind, who want to see all the characters that they have fallen in love with over the previous movies reach the end of their stories.
Unsurprisingly, the film is full of impressive battles and set-pieces that scream ‘... look at how epic everything is!’ (and you should also consider that the film is also available in 3D) whilst the performances are generally very good, with the mixture of established British character actors and newcomers all slipping back into their roles as if they were a comfortable pair of slippers.
This is exactly what you would expect – a perfect and exciting ending for those who have been following the franchise. Those who couldn’t care less probably stopped reading ages ago.