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Sunday, 3 March 2013

#224 - 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' (2011)

"Harry Potter, the boy who lived... come to die." - Lord Voldemort.
We have arrived at the climactic, cinematic conclusion to the worldwide phenomenon that is the Harry Potter series. Setting the precedent for two-part finales, HPatDH:P2 sets off directly where part one finished. There is no 'Previously on Harry Potter' sequence so if you haven't read the books (read them now!) you need to have at least seen part one - otherwise skip this post as some spoilers will be unavoidable.
Voldemort and the Elder Wand.
Lord Voldemort has found the Elder Wand and continues his pursuit of the Deathly Hallows - the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility - in order to become the master of death. Meanwhile Harry, Ron and Hermione are hunting for the last of Voldemort's horcruxes - parts of his soul that were intentionally split and placed into certain valuable objects, meaning that while they still exist, he cannot die. The search leads them back to Hogwarts where everything has changed. Professor Snape is the new headmaster and the students live in fear of him and the Carrows - a disciplinarian brother and sister duo. Culminating in the Battle of Hogwarts, Voldermort's army attack the castle and try to find Harry. But can Harry, with the help of his friends, find and destroy all of the horcruxes before it's too late?
Voldemort's army begin their attack on Hogwarts.
Okay so if you haven't already worked it out by now, I am a massive Potter fan. I remember going to see this finale at the cinema on the night of its release hoping that it would be able to live up to the book and be a fitting end to the film franchise. I wasn't disappointed. Even though there was so much to get into it - and obviously bits that had to be left out or changed - everything was explained and catered for all audiences including those who have no prior knowledge of the books. I think it is a testament to the casting team for the first Potter film on just how good a job they did. It is impossible to imagine anyone else playing Snape, McGonagall or anyone really. 
The Prince's Tale.
My favourite sequence - incidentally my favourite chapter of the book too - was the Prince's Tale. I won't go into too much detail considering it is possibly one of the most spoiler-filled ten minutes of cinema. I was looking forward to see how they would approach it in a filmic sense seeing as it is such a vital part of the whole series, hoping that they would get it right. Alan Rickman and Michael Gambon as Snape and Dumbledore respectively really are magnificent.

I could go on and on so I think I'll leave it there for today!

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