This is a review on the newly released movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. This is the second movie of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the last movie in the Harry Potter franchise.
Sarah and I took the day off work to go see the last Harry Potter movie yesterday. This was fantastic as I’d be looking forward to the movie for a while now. This was the best part of the Harry Potter story in the novels, and the latter Harry Potter films were fantastic. The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows also gave plenty of time for part two to finish the franchise of well. Oh, and it did!
I was surprised to see that not much time was used for Ron, Harry and Hermione breaking in to gringotts bank. The scenes, with the dragon, were good but didn’t blow me away like it should of. Ironically enough it didn’t particularly matter for me, just giving more time for the battle of Hogwarts.
The Battle of Hogwarts is epic. The vast majority of the film was dedicated to this it, keeping religiously close to the story from the novel – big plus for me! My favourite part was Professor McGonagall getting the stone soldiers to protect Hogwarts. You can see a quick clip of this in the trailer below. There are also some fantastic computer graphics with spells protecting Hogwarts, and some amusing bits with Neville and the snatchers.
The film follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione closely throughout the film. While this is a slight shame for the battle at Hogwarts, it does give a nice snapshot of the different scenes as the main character’s delve through them.
The film does finish off with the “19 years later” chapter too. While watching, I thought this was really important as it would of been a bit of a premature ending otherwise. They also use the same actors to play the older looking characters which worked better than I thought it would.
Overall, the film was fantastic. It follows the storyline well, emphasizing the best parts of, and wraps things up well at the end. I did cringe a bit when the audience broke out in applause at the end – but hey, you can’t have everything! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, why not check out the trailer here:
Below is a review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One. Although it does not entirely give the plot away, it still covers a large amount of the film. If you have not watched the film yet, or do not want to know more, stop reading now.
Sarah and I went to Oxford to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One on Sunday. I was curious how good it was going to be beforehand. The last Harry Potter movie was average, and the storyline of this book is very different to the first six books. However, it was simply fantastic. It was dark, exciting, original, and still managed followed the storyline very successfully. The actors also fit well into their characters – unlike the first two films of the series – and it still had a very British feel to it too.
It did take me by surprise at points however. Even though the book is split into two films, it didn’t stop half way through the novel, but instead covered almost three quarters of the [amazon_link id="0747591059" target="_blank" container="Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" container_class="Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" ]novel[/amazon_link]. The forest based scenes were also drawn out. Beforehand I was sure they would cut much of this out, with this being one part of the book which dragged at times. However both points actually worked very well very well in the end. The forest scenes were more exciting and relevant in picture (though I obviously still love the books). Likewise, the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One covers so much of the novel, means that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 can be given the appropriate time for the fantastic battle scenes at Hogwarts and Gringotts.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, check out the trailer for both the new film just out, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 out next July:
So, after seeing it, what are the best bits of the film? Likewise, what bits could of been done differently. See below for both.
The best bits of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 are:
- It was very funny. The scene with the seven Harry’s at the start was great, while the “it’s not a very remarkable wand, it’s only 10 inches long” comment was very amusing too.
- It’s more quirky. The first two Harry Potter movies were very bland, as was the sixth to an extent. The likes of Rhys Ifans playing Xenophilius Lovegood, make it a much more unusual and interesting film than some of its predecessors.
- It’s darker. There is no denying the Harry Potter series has got darker as its gone along with both the books and films. The Deathly Hallows is no different with some grizzly scenes. Giant snakes, rotting flesh, awful deaths. Not one for the kids.
Looking at the bits of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 that weren’t so good: