Make no mistake: despite whatever flaws "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" may have (and it certainly does have a few), director David Yates has brought the series home in an absolutely beautiful finale. Every actor in the franchise steps up their game, and nearly every beloved character gets their due in this movie. Really, is there anything more a viewer could ask for?
It's easy for me to say that as "a 'Harry Potter' fan," but this final installment of the epic saga is a movie that transcends that stipulation for enjoyment. Of course, if you haven't seen any of the previous "Potter" movies then "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will probably be a bit confusing (but hey, you can always read our primers!), but even the casual enthusiast will be blown away by what proves to be an entirely satisfying conclusion to a decade-long film franchise. Check out five reasons why you need to see this movie after the jump.
It All Ends Here
This movie's tagline says it best: It all ends with this movie. There will (hopefully) never be any more "Harry Potter" films after "Deathly Hallows: Part 2." The release of "Part 2" is a cinematic milestone in addition to being a great movie-going experience, and it's an event that likely won't be matched for a very long time.
You've probably been hearing a lot of talk about Matthew Lewis in recent days, and for good reason. Finally, finally Neville Longbottom gets his due in this movie, and Lewis clearly relishes the experience to be the spotlight for a bit. Of the many character arcs that are resolved in this film, Neville's is the one who has you cheering the hardest.
A Heartbreaking Farewell
But Neville isn't the only character to have his moment in the spotlight. Molly Weasley earned the most explosive cheer during the screening of the flick I attended, while Lupin and Tonks, Lavender Brown, George and Fred Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Seamus Finnigan, Professor McGonagall and countless other characters get their moments to shine as well. It's a bittersweet farewell to characters fans have come to know and love over the eight-film-long series.
Alan Rickman Is A God
There are many, many great performances in this movie, but none of them even begin to compare to the magic Alan Rickman portrays on the big screen. No spoilers here, but fans who are familiar with "Part 2" and the story of Snape should know the scene of which I speak. Viewers will have to have a heart of stone to be able to resist the emotional performance Rickman has in his final "Potter" film.
This really is the end of a generation. Many millions of fans (myself included) legitimately grew up alongside Harry Potter, and so the true finale of this franchise is a sad day indeed. With emotions running high, it will be a very intimate and special experience to watch "Part 2" in theaters with hundreds of other people who are there (we assume) out of love for the "Harry Potter" series.
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