Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Year: 2011
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: David Yates
Writer: Steve Kloves/J K Rowling
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Miochael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Warwick Davis, Jason Isaacs, Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Bonnie Wright, Cirian Hinds, Julie Walters, Helen McCrory, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Clémence Poésy, Emma Thompson

If I was interested enough in the whole series (I didn't even see the second, third or fourth films), I'd sit down and watch it all from beginning to end, which I think would show the transformation in tone really clearly. What started as a cute movie about sweet, dimpled kids going to magic school has morphed into Saving Private Ryan with wands.

In the tradition of the classic line 'the circle is now complete' from another billion-dollar franchise, It All Ends (in a telling reveal about the movie's built-in buzz, the poster art featured only those three chilling words without the title even appearing).

There's so much battle and bloodshed it can't help but sweep you up emotionally, even if you haven't thrown your lot in with these children for the past decade. The thrills, danger and tone have very much grown up with Harry (Radcliffe), Ron (Grint) and Hermoine (Watson) and as a result I enjoyed it, not rolling my eyes and groaning once like I did during snippets of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone I've seen.

As we know from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Voldemort (Fiennes) has found the elder wand that will give him part of his victory and Harry and the guys have found about half the horcruxes they need to destroy him. I don't know if you need to be a Potter obsessive to know every little detail about the characters and talismans but I found myself a bit lost here and there.

But before long the battle starts, Voldemort leading his army to the gates of Hogwarts and making it look more like the Siege of Leningrad with rubble and bodies everywhere. The 3D as always made everything dark but it was a fairly gloomy film anyway and hardcore fans will find it a worthy resolution. I knew I was watching it with quite a few because of the bristle of excitement that rumbled through the crowd when the words '19 years later' appeared on screen – obviously a beloved scene from the book everyone was hoping to see bought to life.

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