Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2:
Potter franchise comes to an end
Harry, Ron and Hermione
Harry and Voldemort
Dubbed the most awaited film of 2011, director, David Yates’ Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the last instalment of J K
Rowling’s internationally acclaimed Harry Potter franchise. It marks the
end of the journey and ties up some loose ends that the earlier films
had not quite explored.
The movie opens in the gloomy settings where Harry bids goodbye to
Dobby the House Elf. The opening scene itself strikes a note of
foreboding doom. Though it starts off on a slow, melancholic and
methodical pace, the action picks up speed once Neville Longbottom
appears in the scene and takes Harry back to Hogwarts.
Though many of the previous Potter films delivered surprises, the
last instalment has its own enchantments in store. In one such instance
we find that Harry was destined to die because he himself is a horcruxe
which Voldemort never meant to create.
A young boy preparing to face death bravely knowing that it is the
only way which he can save others, chill us as well as make us empathise
and admire the character. Harry has already proved his bravery but the
revelation of his tragic fate is the ultimate act of heroism.
Moments of wit, fear and surprise keeps the viewers engaged. There
are also some confusing instances such as the one in which Harry is
questioned how he retrieved the sword. His reply ‘It’s complicated’
baffles those who are new to the series. This means that the viewers
need to watch the previous Potter films to make sense of some of these
However unlike the previous films which seemed to drag on with less
action, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 zips by in just over two hours packed
with a thrilling dragon ride, visit to the caves beneath the Gringotts
wizard bank, the comic manner in which Hermione carries off the guise of
the witchy Bellatrix LeStrange and many more entertainment in the
One of the aspects which is hard to find convincing is in the
romantic relationships between characters. Smart and sassy Hermione does
not quite fit in as Ron Weasley’s wife. Similarly there is hardly any
chemistry found between Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter.
The inseparable trio: Harry, Hermione and Ron are once again
splendidly portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
It is delightful to see that these three youngsters have evolved in
their acting skills when comparing Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with
Alan Rickman is brilliant as always as the school’s potions professor
Severus Snape. Though he had donned the role of a villain throughout
seven films, he manages to transform into an idol in the film after a
couple of scenes. The brief insights into his past paint an entirely
different picture of him convincingly.
The union between two prominent characters and the manner in which
Yates unveils their regard towards each other is the highlight of the
film. It even exceeds that of the final battle between Harry and
Voldemort. Harry’s touching encounter with the ghosts of his murdered
parents, headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin too
is a scene which will stay with the audience.
Ralph Fiennes is superb in his dramatic heft while playing the
snake-like Voldemort while Tom Felton excels in bringing out the depth
and sorrow of a defeated Draco Malfoy. Matthew Lewis does justice to
Hogwart’s unsung hero Neville Longbottom.
Fourteen years, eight movies, seven books and millions of dollars
later, Harry Potter fans feel the same nostalgia that they underwent
when they read the last page of the final book. Deathly Hallows: Part 2
puts a fitting end to a decade of Potter mania.