Saturday, 6 August 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Year: 2011
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: Steve Kloves, based on the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon,
Running Time: 130 minutes
Genre: fantasy, adventure

Summary: Teenage wizard Harry Potter (Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Grint) and Hermione Granger (Watson) continue their quest to find and destroy the powerful "Horcruxes", which each contain part of the fragmented soul of the evil Lord Voldemort (Fiennes).
However, the sinister Severus Snape (Rickman) is now the headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As the school comes under seige from the evil "Death-Eaters", Harry finds that his situation is far more complex than he thought as he is forced to make a terrible sacrifice.

Opinions: This film adapts the second half of the seventh and, to date, final Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was released in November 2010. As a result, for newcomers to the series, this is not the best place to satrt. However, for fans, it gives the series the spectacular and emotional conclusion which it richly deserves.
The Harry Potter series is almost unique in the impact that it has had in such a short space of time. The first book was published in 1997 and the first film was released in 2001 and they were very much aimed at a children's audience, however each subsequent story has built upon and expanded what has gone before becoming a dark and compex fantasy saga. As the series has grown up along with it's audience so have the three main leads, Dabiel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who have come to perfectly inhabit their roles.
As with the other entries in the series, this is a pretty faithful adaptation of the novel and features spectaular special effects as well as impressive performances from a cast of celebrated British actors with Alan Rickman being a particular stand-out as the ambiguous Snape.
The film is well made with spectacular action set-pieces in impressive 3D but also packing a genuinely powerful emotional punch without being either melodramatic or overly sentimental.
If you enjoyed the Harry Potter seires you will not be disappointed.

"How dare you stand where he stood!"
- Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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