Name: Harry Potter 8 The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Running Time (minutes): 130
Description: The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Story-wise, things are all right, but the Deathly Hallows plot remains elusive and I still don’t understand why Harry keeps trusting Dumbledore. How did Dumbledore get the Resurrection Stone anyway, did he buy it in a local shop? Also, a much more glaring mistake occurs in the flashback sequence: we hear Trelawney’s prophecy about Pettigrew returning to Voldemort instead of the one where she is predicting Harry’s birth. Then again, Thompson delivered that prophecy much more dramatic in 3 and it sounds pretty good mixed with Desplat’s music as well. Ollivander’s ability to measure wands without any tool remains a mystery as well. What I do love about this film is that the opening scenes clearly tell you that this is it, the end, and that you’d better get reayd for an epic finale. Yates finally uses the Harry-Voldemort vision bond to its full extent. I didn’t even mind Daniel Radcliffe this time, but I don’t understand how Aberforth got rid of the Death Eaters and Voldemort definitely says more in Parseltongue than the subtitles reveal. The film version of Ginny isn’t really my thing either and the way the Pensieve just floats towards Harry is cheesy. I don’t understand why Harry is so upset by Snape and Lily’s identical Patronus either. Snape’s death is extremely moving, however: I’ll never forget hearing his last line for the very first time and even today, Fred’s death made me shiver, as did the memory sequence. Ralph Fiennes is terrifyingly awesome, but at times I felt sorry for him, which doesn’t make sense because Yates seemed to be so intent on presenting him as an empty villain.
Desplat’s score was a pleasant rediscovery as well, though I missed the trio’s/mission’s theme: its few references, though sometimes very effective, were not enough and the disappearance of the villain theme is stupid too, now it’s just a generic action motif. On the other hand, there’s plenty of fantastic music to be heard here (Gringots espace, the procession and statues scene), that these are only minor issues, but Giving Voldmeort’s end no theme is a total disgrace and, no, using an old Williams cue during the epilogue is not enough. The thematic opportunities in this entire franchise were uncountable and nearly all of them were simply ignored. The overall package for this one sounds too different from Part 1 too, as if its aim is to please the masses rather than showcase Desplat’s abilities and intelligence: some renditions of the overused Hedwig’s theme are masterful. And, again, I hate those unscored moments that should have been scored, especially the scene after Voldemort’s death sounds raw and unfinished and, for the love of God, whoever would not score the trio’s goodbye after the memory sequence? At least, the sound mix was glorious.
Di Langford explained that Harry is about to speak to Griphook when he says ‘Griphook’ two seconds afterwards. And I know that Imperio is a spell and that Dean Thomas is a student, thank you. You don’t announce an alarm before it’s activated either and she mentions that Molly Weasley helps conjure the protective shield around Hogwarts. I’m not against that idea, but her voice is most definitely not Julie Walters’. And of course, some sounds were described in advance.