‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ a fitting end to the series

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

(Cert 12, 130 mins, Fantasy/Action/Drama/Romance)

Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) steals the powerful Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave, which he intends to use to slay Harry.

Dastardly acolytes Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) press forward with their diabolical plans, while Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) fills the vacant post of headmaster at Hogwarts, which is encircled by Dementors.

Elsewhere, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) continue their mission to track down the final Horcruxes, which contain fragments of Voldemort’s blackened soul.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 bids a fond farewell to characters we have come to love, and who have literally grown up before our eyes.

David Yates’s hugely entertaining film builds relentlessly to the final battle at Hogwarts, which is brilliantly realised with a seamless conflation of live action and dazzling digital trickery.

There are echoes of The Battle of Helm’s Deep in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers as the forces of darkness breach the school’s walls with horrific intent.

Radcliffe has improved greatly as an actor over the series but he still doesn’t possess the emotional range or vulnerability to provide a strong connection to Harry’s grief.

Watson and Grint shine in their few scenes including that long-awaited kiss, and both sob convincingly as their teenage wizards come to terms with the enormity of their loss.

The coda, taken directly from JK Rowling’s book, is an unintentionally hilarious misstep courtesy of unconvincing ageing make-up.

A 19-disc limited edition box set comprising eight films plus a 48-page collectible photo album is also available.

Rating: 4/5.

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