Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) – Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the second part of the last installment of Harry Potter film series.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

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

The film continues from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 where Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) acquires the Elder Wand.

With Voldemort in possess of the most powerful wand, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) determine to destroy all the Horcruxes in order to kill Voldemort. They also come to learn about the importance of the three Deathly Hallows — the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility.

However, after destroying two of the Horcruxes, Harry comes to learn from Severus Snape’s memories that he is one of the Horcruxes as part of Voldemort was deflected into him when he was a baby. In order to prevent Voldemort from destroying Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and killing everyone, Harry confronts Voldemort and is killed in the process and goes to a place that resembles King Cross station except it is foggy. There, he meets Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and learns about the truth.

Through the Resurrection Stone which was casted earlier and to the surprise of everyone Harry comes back to life and attacks Voldemort in order to distract Voldemort while Ron and Hermione take on the last Horcruxes, Voldemort’s snake. But, it was Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) who manages to kill Voldemort’s snake — killing Voldemort in the process.

Fast forward to the future, it is seen that Harry and Ginger, Ron and Hermione send their children to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry’s son is Albert Severus Potter — named after two of the schools’ greatest principals.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 puts a credible ending to one decade of Harry Potter film series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is perhaps one of the better films in the Harry Potter film series but despite split in two parts, the film seems to be accelerating towards the end. Perhaps, it is a wait finally over for both Potter fans and non fans, not forgetting for both witches and wizards and muggles. All in all, the final installment of the Harry Potter film series has finally grown up from the naive Harry Potter from the first film. A grand finale, indeed.

  • 8 out of 10
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the ultimatum of the Harry Potter film series. It is dark, magical and surprisingly satisfying. Watch it whether you’re a fan or not, otherwise ten years in the road, you won’t know what to answer when your kid ask you about the film.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is the sixth film based on J. K. Rowling’s novel.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

The film starts with the Death Eaters attacking Diagon Alley and a Muggle bridge causing havoc.

In the midst of the chaos, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is reading a newspaper in a subway cafe. When Harry is about to pick up a waitress he flirts with from work, Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) arrives and they Apparate into a Muggle village to locate Horace Slughorn, who has been hiding from the Death Eaters by camouflaging as an armchair. Dumbledore asks Horace to come back and teach at Hogwarts School as later, it is revealed that Professor Slughorn has a very important piece of memory about Tom Riddle, the boy who turned into Lord Voldemort.

Bellatrix and Draco Malfroy’s mother, Narcissa are seen entering Severus Snape’s (Alan Rickman) home as the Dark Lord has chosen Draco Malfoy to perform a task for him. They perform the Unbreakable Vow so Snape has to swear that he will look after Draco, and should Draco fail to accomplish the task, Snape will do it for him.

In Hogwarts, a girl named Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave) flirts with Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and later on becomes his girlfriend. Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), whom has fallen for Ron for a long time gets heartbroken.

In potion class, Harry finds a Potions textbook belonging to the Half-Blood Prince. With the book, Harry manages to excel in class and as a reward, Slughorn gives Harry a luck potion called “Felix Felicis”. It is revealed later that Severus Snape is the Half-Blood Prince.

Meanwhile, Dumbledore gets Harry to convince Slughorn to give up the important piece of memory he is holding related to Tom Riddle. Harry finally manages to persuade Slughorn for the significant piece of memory by using the “Felix Felicis” potion, it is revealed that in the early years, Voldemort has split his soul into seven pieces, called Horcruxes, in which two are already destroyed. They then Apparate to a cave to get the third Horcrux only to have almost killed by Inferi (dead people who reassembles Gollum) before Dumbledore summons rings of fire to kill the Inferi.

When Dumbledore and Harry returns to Astronomy Tower at Hogwarts, Draco enters the room when Harry is told to hide. Death Eaters have also just arrived at Hogwarts via the passage at Vanishing Cabinet that Draco has been working on. Draco says he is chosen to kill Dumbledore but he chickens out and Snape kills Dumbledore instead.

Harry, Hermione and Ron will take time off from Hogwarts next year in order to find the remaining Horcruxes.

Overall, the sixth installment of the Harry Potter movie focuses more on the storyline instead of pure action. Romance also prospers between Ron and Hermione, and Harry and Ginny. Though the movie ends with a sad note, I’m sure Harry Potter fans will love this movie as much as they love the first one.

My ratings: 7 out of 10.

J.K. Rowling Is Back with "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"

J.K. Rowling replaces her "Harry Potter" fantasy books with The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a book of five fairy tales written and illustrated by Rowling, goes on sale Thursday. Advance sales of the $12.99 edition, which retailers including Borders, Barnes & Noble and Amazon are offering at a deep discount, are brisk on the three booksellers’ websites.

Amazon also is publishing 100,000 copies of a $100 collector’s edition. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector’s Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon) in Hardcover.

Final Harry Potter Installment To Split Into Two Movies

Warner Bros. will split the final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise into two parts, six months apart. Warner Bros. is set to release the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in November 2010 with the second part of the finale opening in May 2011. Both movies will be directed by David Yates and written by Steve Kloves.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Katie Leung (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)The movies will be shot simulataneously, and it’s not yet known at what point in the story, adapted from J.K. Rowling’s 784-page book, the films will break. The seventh and final novel sees Harry and his friends battle arch nemesis Voldemort to the death. The seventh book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold a record 11 million copies during the first 24 hours after its release last July. The sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, also directed by Yates, will open this November. Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the cast from the sixth movie are already confirmed for the finale.

Why does Warner Bros. split the book into two movies? Is this a profit-making scheme or is the book really that long?

Dumbledore Was Gay, JK Rowling Tells Fans

There could hardly have been a bigger sensation if Russell Crowe, Rod Stewart or Sven-Goran Eriksson had come out of the closet. Millions of fans around the world were yesterday digesting the news that one of the main characters in the Harry Potter novels, Albus Dumbledore, is gay.

The revelation came from author JK Rowling during a question-and-answer session at New York’s Carnegie Hall. It instantly hurtled around the internet and the world. News websites in China and Germany announced starkly: ‘JK Rowling: “Dumbledore is gay”.’ One blogger wrote on a fansite: ‘My head is spinning. Wow. One more reason to love gay men.’

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