Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Reason for the Rating: Some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.
Plot Summary: In this last act of the Harry Potter series, there are only three Horcruxes left to destroy before Harry must face Voldemort for one last time.
PopFam Recommends: Harry Potter fans will love this finale to their much beloved series, although, as with several of the previous movies, it’s a bit too scary for the young ones.
At the end of Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry must bury his long-time ally, Dobby, and he, Ron and Hermione still seem so far from their task of destroying all the Horcruxes that are keeping Voldemort immortal. But, as always, they push ahead even when their goal seems impossible. They sneak into Gringotts Wizarding Bank in search of one of the Horcruxes and eventually realize that they’re going to have to go back to Hogwarts to destroy the remaining Horcruxes.
Hogwarts is now under the stern eye of Professor Snape, and it looks more like a bleak work camp than the once cheery magic school. But no sooner does Harry arrive than Voldemort finds out about his presence. The school must brace to defend itself against the most evil and powerful wizard ever known, along with his motley army of followers. In the end, the fight will determine the fate of the wizarding world—if they will be able to live as free and carefree beings, or if they must bow under the tyranny of Lord Voldemort.
It has been 10 years since the original Harry Potter movie came out, and 14 years since the first book enchanted young and old alike. So there are a lot of hopes and expectations riding on this eighth movie of the series. And it doesn’t disappoint.
Perhaps one of the more true recent adaptations of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two is a fitting and poignant finale to such a beloved story and world. While Part One was, to a degree, slow and lacking action, this movie picks up the thread and runs with it to the action-packed conclusion. Although this movie is so action-oriented (as it must be to tie up an 8-movie series), the pacing is good, giving the watchers just enough light moments and down time to catch their breath before the next scene.
For such a dark movie, there are a refreshing number of touching and funny moments. We get to see Ron and Hermione finally together. We get to see Snape beautifully redeemed. We get to see both McGonagall’s compassion and her humor.
So many of the beloved characters of the movies, such as Sirius, Slughorn, and Trelawney, are back for the finale, and the actors are spot on. Most notably, Alan Rickman, as Snape, ends with one of the best performances of the entire series.
The movie allows itself to take the time to fully wrap up the complicated plot, as well as indulging the viewers with the epilogue to the story, showing the characters in 19 years. In the closing scenes, the movie is able to draw us back in with the music and wonder that we first felt, 10 years ago, when watching Harry Potter for the first time. Many dark and tragic things have happened in the mean time, but good ultimately has triumphed and the sacrifices of Harry, Ron and Hermione have allowed that innocent, magical world to continue for their children’s generation.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• Harry chooses to sacrifice himself, not defending himself against Voldemort’s attack, to save his friends and family. Do you think you would have been able to do the same if you were in his position?
• Before he faces Voldemort, Harry is encouraged by his parents, Sirius and Lupin. Who do you turn to when you need encouragement to face a daunting task?
• What do you think you learned are some of the most important values in life, from this movie and from all the Harry Potter movies?
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