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Harry Potter 7 Part 2 – Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (12a)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson

Score: 5/5

Every moment he lived, has led to this. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, it ends where it all began, the final battle is here.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone hit the big screens; it was the eagerly awaited cinematic arrival of Harry Potter. Following the huge success of the books by J.K. Rowling about a young boy wizard and his unimaginable battles with evil, no one could have predicted what would happen next, that the films themselves would go on to become part of the phenomenon watched by literally billions of people worldwide and catapulting the young actors into stardom.

clip_image002Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the eighth and final film in the series that has followed the young boy wizard in the quest to save his world from the evil hands of Lord Voldemort, in the knowledge that in the end only one of them will survive.

With both happiness and tragedy in the film, for me I believe it was an exceptional film that captured the great details of the book, giving the audience moments to cheer, cry and laugh. It’s hard to realise that over a decade of reading and watching the story of Harry Potter that it is the end. I think it ended well with secrets and relationships coming to the surface and characters being remembered for good reasons.

The relationships and friendships between the characters evolve through the film with Ron and Hermione, Luna and Neville, the Malfoy’s and Voldemort, and Harry and Snape. Characters have changed throughout the film series, and many take on challenges and reveal secrets in this film.

Snape’s true loyalty was one of the most significant questions in the series up until the end of the final instalment. Although the first five films depict him as unfair and vindictive towards harry and his friends, he consistently ends up protecting or helping them or their allies when they are in danger. Several characters expressed doubts about his loyalties, but Dumbledore’s trust in him is generally taken as the final word. After killing Dumbledore in the sixth film, Snape joins Voldemort’s side. However near the climax of the film reveals secrets and shows his true intentions towards both Harry and Voldemort.

Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy finally break away from Voldemort’s side towards the end of the film as they choose their son, Draco over Harry’s life. They have always tried to please the Dark Lord even up until the last scenes of the battle but some decisions take a turn for the worse for Lord Voldemort.


Hero’s emerge from unlikely places with Neville playing a key role in the final film. Neville becomes one of the hero’s towards the end of the film as he helps in the fight to destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes. One of my favourite scenes is when Neville is standing at the end of the bridge facing members of Voldemort’s army with a spell shield between them. He starts taunting and laughing at them as he thinks they can’t get to him, then as the shield disappears, Neville has to run across the explosive bridge with the dark army running behind him. The scene made everyone in the cinema laugh out loud as it showed off Neville’s courageous nature. Another scene that shows Neville as a brave character is when the “True Gryffindor” receives the sword of Gryffindor from the sorting hat which is used to end a life. Neville and Luna become more then friends in the aftermath of the battle as they realise their feelings for each other grow, along with another pair of close friends.


One of the most anticipated moment in all the harry potter films, came when we witness Ron and Hermione finally share a kiss. We have seen the pair grow up together alongside Harry since the beginning of their magical journey together at Hogwarts. There have been many moments in the past that could have sparked their true feelings for each other such as the scene where they were playing on the chess board to try and get to the Philosopher’s Stone or when Ron was in hospital due to being poisoned by heart shaped chocolates and saying Hermione’s name when he was unconscious. We all knew that they would share a kiss in the end and have been eagerly awaiting their friendship to blossom into a relationship.

For the past 11 years we have all grown up to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter and it feels like it is the end of an era as we watch the final scenes come to a breath-taking conclusion.

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