Release Date: July 15, 2011
Director: David Yates
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Runtime: 130 min
Tagline: It all ends here
The final Harry Potter film is the best yet, and generally one of the best films of 2011.
The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.
This is truly a huge battle that will determine the future of the entire wizarding and muggle world. Will it fall into a deeper despair under the rule of Voldermort, or will all be well? It really depends on Harry, Hermione, Ron and all the other good guys to save the world.
If I were to tell you just to watch one of the films of the Harry Potter franchise, it would be this. There’s really a lot of appeal to this. There’s some comedy, mostly in the beginning when they go to Gringotts. There’s tons of action, so action lovers will actually be able to enjoy this thoroughly. Most of all, however and inevitably, this appeals mostly to fantasy lovers and fans of the series itself. This is for them.
This stays faithful to the book, and it’s amazing to see unfold on the screen. This is not only probably the best Potter, but it’s one of the best fantasy/action adventures in years. The action is maximized, the emotions run the highest they ever have, and there are new layers brought to characters, everything ends and gets revealed.
There’s one side brought to Voldermort that we haven’t seen for some time in the series: he’s scared shitless. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still freaking ruthless – he just knows in the back of his mind that Potter or he dies. Of course he’d prefer it’s Potter, but he knows they’re getting close to destroying all of the pieces of soul he has hid in those Horcruxes.
One amazing thing about this is that it really isn’t just Harry’s chance to shine. Neville gets a few spotlights shone on him, as well, after he being the character always to have crappy things happen throughout the entire series. The stakes and emotions haven’t really been this high yet; people will die, and Harry must use self-sacrifice and muster all the bravery and strength he possibly can. We’ve never been this afraid for Harry.
For those who follow the series might just be bawling at some characters’ deaths, because we’ve followed them on this journey all along. This is also the darkest of the series, but the atmosphere is awesome and there’s never a dull moment to be had. Fans may also cry at the fact that over the ten years of the franchise, it’s over. It really is. With that being said, I tip my metaphorical hat at everyone involved in this series over the years.
We’ve seen so many people grow. We’ve seen the stars of Radcliffe, Watson, Grint and everyone else be born into stars. We’ve seen yet another amazing character from Alan Rickman, as the usually despicable Severus Snape. That guy is just a troubled character. We have lost so many characters over the course of this franchise. This is obviously an imagined world, but we fans have gone on this journey all along. We might as well be a background character at Hogwarts. I wonder how many people were really disappointed they didn’t see that letter from Hogwarts on their eleventh birthday. I know I was. I just want to say thanks for this series being made, to all the directors, the amazing J.K. Rowling, the cast. Everyone who made this possible. I’m not thanking the Academy, though. This series mustered a seriously impressive twelve Oscar nominations over its eight-film run, but it didn’t manage to win one fucking award. I’m not holding any grudges, but this was some fantastic visual work. This was one of the greatest fantasy franchises of all time, and both a commercialistic and critical Young Adult adaptation success. Now, Hollywood, it’s time to bring on the inevitable young adult adaptations to make quick bucks.