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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two
By Elizabeth Horner
In the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two”, Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe), and his two friends, Ron and Hermione (performed by Rupert Grint and Emma Watson), continue their epic adventure hunting down Voldemort’s Horcruxes, pieces of his soul confined to objects that sustain his immortal life. The trail ultimately leads them back to Hogwarts, the famous wizarding school.  The situation calls for the students and teachers to prepare for battle in order to give the “Golden Trio” the time they need to accomplish their mission, but the fight leaves the castle in ruins.
Harry is devastated by all the casualties suffered on his account. When he learns about a dangerous new secret about himself, he is tempted to surrender, especially if it means protecting the ones that he loves. But will he walk calmly into death’s embrace or will he, in the struggle for his life, find a way to rid the world of Voldemort, once and for all?
I tend to be a harsh critique of movie adaptations of books, especially if the books are some of my favorites, but I have to say this movie is well done. I recommend though that you sit down to watch this movie with some understanding of the other seven in the series.  This last movie does a wonderful job of tying loose ends together, making the Harry Potter story satisfactorily “closed”.  While I am still irked by Michael Gambdon’s acting skills (he replaced Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore), the rest of the cast did beautifully, especially Alan Rickman as Severus Snape and Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonogall.
I believe that the directors and script-writers did a good job of putting the emphasis on the right places, helping the audience to snatch up pieces of information that I think are important and will be remembered later on. It is an emotional story, which is why I appreciate the bits of humor scattered about from time to time. Everything is well-paced no doubt contributing to the movie being over two hours long. This movie is jam-packed full of special effects, making it a very magical production. I have no qualms about recommending this movie to others, although part of me aches, knowing that it is the end of a great saga that conveys plenty of real life lessons, including friendship, values and principles.  I have no doubt that the Harry Potter story will be reviewed by many for generations to come and will parallel decades old classics that we still treasure today.

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