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May 15th, 2015 Movie – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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When going to see this movie, it kind of reminded me of when I picked up the final book. Once again, I attended the midnight release party for the book, only this time I had company with me. As I watched all the excited fans waiting to pick up their copies, socializing with others, and having a lot of fun. a sad thought occurred to me. I realized that there probably will never be this much excitement and fandom over a series of books in my lifetime. Like I said, a sad thought. So let’s finish the series with today’s movie, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

The plot: Picking right up from where the last movie ended, after burying Dobby, Harry speaks with both Griphook and Ollivander and begins to plan his next move. Realizing that a Horcrux may be hidden in Bellatrix’s vault, Harry makes a deal with Griphook for his help in breaking into Gringotts and getting into Bellatrix’s vault in exchange for the Sword Of Gryffindor. Using Polyjuice potion to disguise Hermione and Ron as Bellatrix and another Death-Eater, Harry uses his Cloak of Invisibility to hide himself and Griphook as they make their way to the vault. Inside the vault, Harry spies the Horcrux as a cup belonging to Helga Hufflepuff but as he tries to get it, a trap inside the vault causes the items inside to begin multiplying, threatening to crush them all under the weight. Griphook grabs the cup and exchanges it for the sword, but runs off and raises the alarm as the three kids struggle to escape the vault. Trapped by the security guards, Hermione frees the dragon that was guarding the vault and the trio cling to it’s back as the dragon smashes through Gringotts and flies off. As the dragon passes over a lake and the three friends jump into the water, Harry has visions of Voldemort killing everyone in Gringotts as well as Hogwarts and Rowena Ravenclaw. He realizes that Voldemort knows what they are looking for and that a Horcrux is hidden in Hogwarts. They try to sneak into Hogwarts through the secret passage in Hogsmeade but a siren sounds as soon as they apparate into the village. Aberforth Dumbledore, Professor Dumbledore’s brother, hides them in his shop and, after trying to dissuade them from finishing their task, uses the portrait of Ariana, his dead sister, to summon Neville via a secret passage. Neville leads the three friends through the passage and into the Room of Requirements, where they discover many of their friends hiding out. Harry tells his assembled friends that he is trying to find something linked to Rowena Ravenclaw and Luna tells him of Rowena’s Lost Diadem. Snape learns that Harry is at the school and assembles all of the students in the Great Hall where he threatens to punish any student caught aiding Harry when Harry steps forward. After Harry confronts Snape about Dumbledore’s death, Professor McGonagall duels Snape and chases him out of the school. As McGonagall and the other professors prepare a defense around the school, Luna persuades Harry to speak to the House Ghost of Ravenclaw, Helena Ravenclaw, about the diadem. Helena tells Harry that she knows what Voldemort had done to her mother’s diadem and tells him where it is hidden. Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione manage to make their way into the Chamber Of Secrets and Hermione uses a basilisk fang on the cup to destroy it, finally kissing each other afterwards. Harry heads back to the Room of Requirements and locates the Horcrux but is ambushed by Draco, Goyle, and Blaise. Hermione and Ron arrive to help but when Goyle loses control of the Fiendfyre curse, he winds up setting the entire room ablaze, killing himself in the process. Harry, Ron, and Hermione rescue Draco and Blaise, then Harry stabs the diadem with the basilisk fang before Ron kicks it into the room. While Voldemort’s forces clash with Hogwart’s professors and the remaining members of The Order, Harry looks into Voldemort’s mind to locate him and the three friends head towards the boathouse where they hear Voldemort and Snape conversing before Voldemort has Nagini attack Snape. Harry tries to save Snape’s life but Snape tells him to collect the memory tears he is shedding and to take them to the Pensieve. Voldemort calls a ceasefire and tells the defenders to bury their dead and then challenges Harry to meet him in the Forbidden Forest for a final duel. After seeing all of the bodies of those that died, Harry uses the Pensive and sees Snapes history with his mother and learns that Harry is a Horcrux and must be killed in order for Voldemort to be defeated. As Harry heads to the Forest, he uncovers the Resurrection Stone hidden in the Snitch and uses it to speak with his parents, Sirius, and Remus one last time. Harry arrives where the Death-Eaters have gathered and Voldemort uses the Elder Wand to kill him. Harry finds himself in Limbo where Dumbledore’s spirit tells him that the part of Voldemort that was inside Harry has been destroyed and he is now free to choose his own path. Voldemort has Harry’s body carried back to Hogwarts and says he will kill anyone that defies him. Neville stands up to him but before Voldemort can attack him, Harry reveals himself to be alive and, after attacking Nagini, proceeds to duel with Voldemort throughout the castle. Ron and Hermione fail to kill Nagini but before it attacks them, Neville uses the Sword Of Gryffindor to decapitate the snake. With the last Horcrux destroyed, Harry is finally able to defeat Voldemort. He explains to Ron and Hermione why the Elder Wand would not work for Voldemort before snapping it in half and throwing it into a chasm. 19 years later, Harry and Ginny meet up with Ron and Hermione as they watch their children board the train to Hogwarts for their own adventures.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: Part 2 received almost universal acclaim from the critics, earning a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics felt that this was a truly fitting finale for the Harry Potter franchise and the battle between good and evil showcased in the film equaled that of Star Wars or Lord Of The Rings. Roger Ebert stated that “The finale conjures up enough awe and solemnity to serve as an appropriate finale and a dramatic contrast to the lighthearted (relative) innocence of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone all those magical years ago.” The audiences were excited to see the film as it would become the highest grossing film in the Harry Potter series, earning over $1.3 billion in worldwide box office. It also set or tied several box office records (at the time) such as highest opening weekend, highest opening weekend for an IMAX and 3-D film, and fastest to $1 billion.

This was a great film. That’s it. The actors did an amazing job and showed just how much the characters have grown throughout the years. The story, well the second half of the novel if you want to be precise, was great and had a ton of action and excitement almost from the beginning. This movie really felt like a 2 hour climax and not just another movie. The special effects were incredible and helped make this movie to become the phenomenon that it is. That’s it. there really isn’t much more you can say because the whole thing was just a great movie to watch. One of the best endings to a series that I have ever seen.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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