End is nigh for Potter

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am


It all ends here. Harry Potter will finally confront Lord Voldemort in an epic battle of good versus evil in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In doing so, he will determine the fate of the wizarding world once and for all.

The movie picks up where Part 1 ended, with Voldemort obtaining the Elder Wand. Voldemort is now stronger than he has ever been in the movie series. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return to Hogwarts as they search for Horcruxes (objects that contain parts of Voldemort's soul) in the hopes of destroying their foe.

However, when Voldemort and his army of evil wizards attack the school, Hogwarts students and other opponents must fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. Potter must come wand to wand with his greatest enemy in a duel to the death - whoever's death that may be.

'The new film is just a relentless action movie,' Radcliffe says. Expect to witness Hogwarts' knights coming to life and Potter and his friends flying on a dragon, all enhanced by 3D. Important relationships are strained and solidified, and blossom in the case of Ron and Hermione who finally ... well, that would be telling. And as fans of the book will know, several characters are lost in the bloody, action-packed finale.

Filming the last Potter instalment was an emotional task for many of the cast. 'For years, we felt: 'It's never going to end!' Now it's all starting to sink in,' Radcliffe said when filming. Having started the series when they were children, Radcliffe, Watson and Grint literally grew up with their characters. Watson has said that her two fellow actors are like her brothers.

As many Potter readers know, the last book closes with a glimpse of the main characters at an older age, years after the main storyline ends. For the film, director David Yates (who also directed three other Potter films) decided to keep the same actors for this part, and not use older actors because he thought it would be more fitting for the movie series to end with the same people. Simple make-up and special effects were used to make them look older.

With its delightful wizardry and very real characters, many have grown strongly attached to the Harry Potter franchise. Each instalment has captivated viewers and helped to bring J.K. Rowling's thrilling stories to life.

'I hope that Harry Potter will be one of those films that for generations children will just love,' says Watson. Indeed, it seems that has already begun.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 opens Thursday