Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Opened: July 15, 2011

Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Afshan Azad, Helena Bonham Carter, David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Scarlett Byrne, Jessie Cave, Robbie Coltrane, Louis Cordice, Warwick Davis, Alfie Enoch, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Domhnall Gleeson, George Harris, Guy Henry, Josh Herdman, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Gemma Jones, Dave Legeno, Georgina Leonidas, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Kelly Macdonald, Miriam Margolyes, Helen McCrory, William Melling, Peter Mullan, Devon Murray, Gary Oldman, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Leslie Phillips, Clémence Poésy, Chris Rankin, Adrian Rawlins, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Geraldine Somerville, Freddie Stroma, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Mark Williams & Bonnie Wright

The final installment of the Harry Potter franchise brings the epic series to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione’s (Emma Watson) search for Horcruxes leads them back to Hogwarts where Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) is now headmaster under Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) power. Harry and Voldemort end up in a battle to the death.

Over the years, we’ve seen stunning character development from the three leads and this film cements their iconic status. There are also moments from long-time Harry Potter ensemble members Rickman, Maggie Smith & Julie Walters that are rewarding.

With fantastic CGI, the battles are intense, and some favorite characters are lost in the final act. But it shows that the films – like the books – aren’t afraid of showing the cost of war.

Final say: Edge-of-your-seat fun. ★★★★★

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