The epic conclusion of the ‘Harry Potter’ film series is just as magical, intense and wonderful as anyone who has loved the movies thus far could hope for. Although it doesn’t follow the final book nearly as closely as ‘The Deathly Hallows Part 1‘ did, ‘Part 2’ brings the franchise to close in an extremely satisfying manner.
‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ picks up right where ‘Part 1’ left off. It leaves hardly any room to catch your breath before being cast into a two-hour climactic battle between good and evil. Be warned, there is no calm before the storm. The movie is fast paced and relentlessly action packed. Expect to leave the theater drained.
Due to the non-stop nature of ‘Part 2’, I recommend re-watching ‘Part 1’ as close as possible to the start of your ‘Part 2’ showing. If not, ‘Part 2’ will feel like the climax to a movie that you didn’t just watch. If ‘Part 2’ is the climax, ‘Part 1’ is the set-up and rising action. Had the studio made the wild decision to not split the last book into two films, and kept it as a single 256-minute long finale instead, ‘The Deathly Hallows’ would play out perfectly. As is, it’s almost necessary to watch ‘Part 1’ right before seeing ‘Part 2’. Together, they make a perfect closing to the beloved saga. (Here’s hoping that the studio combines the two into a special edition Blu-ray.)
‘Part 1’ was originally slated to receive a 3D conversion, but Warner Bros. opted out just before its theatrical release. From what I’ve been told, the studio canceled that conversion to put all of its attention into the 3D conversion of ‘Part 2’ – and the improvement is noticeable. Although it doesn’t look as natural as shot-in-3D movies like ‘Avatar‘ or ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘, the 3D conversion of ‘Part 2’ is better than most. It resembles the 3D quality of ‘The Green Hornet‘ and ‘Thor‘. But just because it looks decent, that doesn’t mean it’s necessary.
Being a fan of the ‘Harry Potter’ films (with the exception of the dreadfully paced and horribly written ‘Goblet of Fire‘), ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ is a perfectly fitting ending to the series. It serves as an action-packed, emotionally driven climax to not only one film, but eight. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ will give you bittersweet closure to the characters and stories you’ve come to love over the last decade.