Saturday, July 16, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
They manage to sneak into Hogwarts with the help of Dumbledore's brother, and are reunited with some of their school mates. Later, they confront Snape, who is now the headmaster of Hogwarts. Professor McGonagall then intervenes and fights Snape, who then retreats from Hogwarts. The rest of the professors and students prepare their defenses and try to hold off Voldemort and his army so Harry will have time to track down and destroy the next horcrux. Malfoy and two of his friends confront them, but after they start a fire, Harry ends up having to save them.
Voldemort uses the Elder Wand to destroy the defensive shield around Hogwarts, and they attack the school and everyone in it. Voldemort then orders Nagini to kill Snape because he believes that he can only truly command the Elder Wand is to dispose of its current master. As Snape killed Dumbledore, he would have become the master of the Elder Wand. Voldemort is able to get into the minds of everyone in Hogwarts and tells them he is calling a cease fire and is ordering his army to retreat to allow them time to bury their dead. However, he warns them that if Harry does not come to the Forbidden Forest to confront him, he will kill everyone.
Before Snape dies, Harry was able to collect some of his tears, and through his tears he learns of his whole life story. He always loved Harry's mother, and found her shortly after Voldemort killed her and Harry's father. Harry also learns that he became a horcrux that night when part of Voldemort's soul went into his body. It turns out that Snape has been on the good side all along! He sees a conversation where Dumbledore told Snape that Harry has to die in order to kill Voldemort. Harry also finds out that Dumbledore actually asked Snape to kill him because he was sick.
Before going to fulfill his destiny, Harry opens a snitch and the Resurrection Stone appears and he is able to resurrect the ghosts of his parents and two other deceased loved ones. He then confronts Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, who thinks he is killing Harry. However, Harry wakes up in a dream-like space with Dumbledore, who tells him that the only thing Voldemort killed was the part of him in Harry. He then wakes up, but Draco's mother lies to Voldemort and tells him he is dead. Voldemort then has Hagrid carry him back to Hogwarts, thinking that he and his army no longer have anyone standing in their way.
However, once back at Hogwarts Harry reveals himself to be alive and has one final battle with Voldemort. Neville Longbottom also ends up saving Ron and Harmione, who were trying to kill Voldemort's snake. It turns out that the Elder Wand never actually belonged to Snape because it was Draco Malfoy who disarmed Dumbledore. Since Harry disarmed Draco, he became the true master of the wand. Voldemort is killed for good, and as anyone who has read the book knows, the story then jumps ahead 19 years where Harry, Ginny, Ron and Harmione are all sending their own children off to Hogwarts.
The special effects in this movie are wonderful. If you didn't know better, you would think that the dragons and death eaters and all of J.K. Rowling's other creatures really existed. However, even more impressive than the special effects, is the acting of this wonderful cast. It is rare that a movie with so much action also has quiet, emotional moments where you could hear a pin drop in the theater. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have had the opportunity to work with some of the best British actors since they were about 10, and they have become excellent actors in their own right. It will probably be hard to get people to see them as other characters, but they all have the ability to have bright careers in the future.
Rating: 5/5 stars