Films | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2 – Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2 – Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 15, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – David Barron, J.K. Rowling, David Heyman

DIRECTOR – David Yates

WRITER – Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)

CAST – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman

MUSIC – Alexandre Desplat

Potter’s world is at its darkest hour and only he can save it from disintegrating completely. The last film in the Potter saga is dangerous, grand and mighty. Much like the task Potter himself faces. That of eliminating You-Know-Who.

Harry, Hermione and Ron have found most of the horcruxes that have a part of Voldemort’s soul but three more remain. The second part of the grand finale, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows’, begins with the search for one of them in the dungeon vaults of the Ministry of Magic. Soon, as it is pre-destined the battle moves to Hogwarts, an already ravaged battlefield. Snape is the Headmaster and he rules with a Slytherin grip over the old school. Potter and his pals return to find rebellion seething under-ground and it is not long before it turns into a full-fledged battle. A battle that immediately drives Voldemort to Hogwarts.

But the war began with the two and will end with them. Harry doesn’t know a valuable secret that binds his existence with that of Voldemort’s and when he does is when tables turn and the saga takes a magnificent twist. Fans of the book who are aware of the twist will not be disappointed with the menace, darkness and imagination it has been captured with. And the heartbeats will continue to thump loud.

Probably the most satisfying aspect of the finale is the attention it pays to mood and pace. Like the earlier films, this one too juggles between the importance it gives to certain events and people at the cost of others. But nowhere do slight variations take away from the journey of the hero and his friends, both physical and emotional.

Every book in the series has its characters grow and overcome more than physical obstacles. The finale particularly emphasises these moments bringing more than mere dramatic value to the end. The film does fantastic justice to these parts. It eases while capturing Neville’s bravery and deliberates on the pain of the humungous loss of Hogwarts’lives. It pays attention to Potter’s dilemmas and is respectful of his sorrows and tumult. Pauses, silences and minimal dialogue balance the grandeur of imminent danger. It is this balance that brings a completeness of experience and makes the film a magical human journey.

As a saga at its most dangerous edge it extracts intense performances from its principal cast but more than the central three it is the affiliate cast that shines through. Professor Gonagal’s taking of charge, Bellatrix’s consummate evil, Snape’s torment and Voldemort’s desperate vindication bring alive the deathly disorder the world of magic is plunged into.

The film boasts of spectacular graphics, befitting a magical world. Especially the flashback’s, time travel and unfolding of the pre-Potter history revealed to him are done with a stunning appeal yet keeping an edge to the story, never saying too much or too little. This treatment however will be thoroughly confounding to unfamiliar audiences.

Filmed with a panache and an ecstatic visual charm it is a beautiful experience that takes Potter’s (and our) journey to its most fitting end, with high drama and sombre emotion. And a memory that will last as one of the satisfying ones in film history.

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