Ending it all on a high note
The final chapter of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, captures the magical, out-of-this world feel of the books that many readers first fell in love with.
The movie begins where Part 1 left off - at the burial of Dobby, the likeable house elf. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) sets out on a mission to destroy the last of the Horcruxes and finish off Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) once and for all. The movie's final 30 minutes packs it all in: tear-jerking and gut-wrenching moments that will keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
One great thing about Part 2 is its use of 3D. Director David Yates fully exploits the possibilities behind this technology, especially during the Gringott's bank scene, the the spectacular battle and dramatic ending.
Another exciting aspect of the movie is its treatment of magical items: Yates creates an atmosphere that remains true to the book and its spirit, which fans will especially appreciate.
Where the film comes up short is in its plot development. This final chapter is wrapped up too fast; it will be especially confusing to people who have not read the books. As in previous movies, some essential scenes are glossed over too quickly, while others drag on for too long.
If you don't know the story, this may infuriate you. But true Potterites will find this a worthy end to 10 years of movie magic that conquered the world.