Sean K. Cureton

The Best Potter Adaptation Since Goblet of Fire

In Movie Reviews: 2011 on July 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Directed by David Yates
3 out of 4 stars

When moviegoers last saw Harry Potter, he was burying an old friend, Dobby the house elf, and it had been made known to the audience that Lord Voldemort had taken the elder wand from Albus Dumbledore’s grave. And that’s right where the second installment in this final chapter picks up.

Right from the beginning of this film, Yates makes it very clear to the audience that despite the fact that the seventh book has been split up into two films, that does not mean that he intends to make the film series feel like eight complete works. Which is something to applaud Yates for. Finally, after the last two Potter film fiascos, Yates has taken the time to actually slow down with the last book in J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series, and start adapting it more accurately and with more care and love. Bottom line, the last two installments in the Potter film franchise could very easily have been done by a Potter fan, which is exactly the kind of feeling the film series has been without since the 2005 film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Another thing that makes this film adaptation of the much-beloved book series so great is the fact that, yet again, there are wonderful scenes in which we get to see the actors at hand be able to truly act, and immerse themselves completely into their characters. Much like the beautiful scenes in the first half where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are wandering around in the wilds alone searching for the final horcruxes, this installment includes many sequences where there is only speaking between two characters, with no overbearing score to ruin the tenderness of the moment. In particular, the film starts with a rather long scene of Harry talking to Griphook the Gringotts Goblin about getting into Belatrix Lestrange’s vault to find one of the final horcruxes, and then moves right on to a conversation with Olivander. In fact, all of the scenes in the movie are so beautifully done and perfectly scored this time around that nothing feels too rushed or done in a dishonest way.

But probably most importantly, or certainly of great significance, is the fact that in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the audience is finally able to witness an accurate portrayal of Severus Snape, with Alan Rickman supplying the performance. Although the book may not have had Snape come out as such a hero, whereas the movie does, the fact that Potter fans will finally be able to see Snape on screen for what feels like the first time due to the fact that Rickman has never really been given the chance to do much with his character previously more than makes up for this slight departure from the source material.

In conclusion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is able to beautifully and satisfyingly conclude a franchise that has meant so much for the current generation of children and young adults. If you’re a Potter fan, you will be ecstatic when you go to see this film. If you’re not, then you might want to start getting into the series, as you are truly missing out on one of the greatest fantasy tales of our time.

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with your glowing review: It is indeed a satisfying conclusion, and well played by all the principals, especially Alan Rickman. His performance was all in the eyes (how fitting).

    I saw this film in France, where it was released on July 13th. In the French version, Snape is called “Rogue.” Other names are altered.


  2. I think this may have been my favorite adaptation of the whole series, aside from the first two films which were directed by Chris Columbus, who I think gave the early books the right amount of innocence and whimsy.


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