The Harry Potter saga draws to a close with Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2, but when you've grown up with a movie, it doesn't matter what the reviews say, you wouldn't think twice before queuing up for the first show. But the film has yet again crossed its own standards and come up with a thrilling finale.
Check out what the reviewers have to say:
Philip Womack, The Telegraph
"Perhaps the greatest triumph of this final film is its ability to overcome the deficiencies of J.K. Rowling's writing. In the last Harry Potter volume, she failed singularly to muster the epic feel needed; as a result, on the page, the concluding battle at Hogwarts was a damp squib. But [director David] Yates here transmutes it into a genuinely terrifying spectacle, as bloodied students fight desperately against a horde of screaming black-robed Death Eaters." -
Grant Rollings, The Sun
It's an epic movie dust-up with schoolkids and a handful of good witches and wizards fighting to the death against seemingly superior forces of evil. Imagine a more spectacular battle than that of Helm's Deep in Lord Of The Rings.It is dizzying and thrilling, even before the story reaches the monumental climax between the brave orphan and Ralph Fiennes's noseless fiend. Unlike many other franchises, the quality of the Harry Potter films never dropped. The producers could have broken box office records with a basic cardboard set thanks to the dedicated fanbase. Yet they have blown a fortune to make a special experience for them.
Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
It's hard to say goodbye to Harry Potter after a decade of watching him grow up on the big screen but, thankfully, he goes out with a wizard of a movie. The final film chapter had me literally sitting on the edge of my seat at times, particularly in the scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione (who for reasons too complicated to go into here has to look like Bellatrix Lestrange) break into a bank and escape over the London skyline on the back of a fire-breathing dragon.I counted 1,132 names in the credits; I know I missed a hundred more. All of them - actors, producers, technicians, specialists - are among the best working in British movies. And now they're out of a job. But what a way to go.
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory -- and quite satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling's final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now. If ever there was a sure thing commercially, this stout farewell is it.
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian News Service
'It all ends," says the poster slogan. A potentially grim statement of the obvious, of course, yet the Potter saga could hardly have ended on a better note. With one miraculous flourish of its wand, the franchise has restored the essential magic to the Potter legend - which had been starting to sag and drift in recent movies - zapping us all with a cracking final chapter, which looks far superior to CS Lewis's The Last Battle or JRR Tolkien's The Return of the King. It's dramatically satisfying, spectacular and terrifically exciting, easily justifying the decision to split the last book into two.
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