A Fantastic Finale!

July 16, 2011 at 2:19 AM (movie reviews)


Spectacular!  This film indeed was worth the wait!  After having seen all of this series of films, I truly believe that this story came to an ultimately outstanding conclusion.  If only I had read all of the books; I could only imagine the elation that I would have received from this film.  However, seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part Two indeed was the gratifying gift that I had been expecting!

It begins with Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) being reminded that the wizard’s wand chooses the wizard.  He is told that three deathly hallows are present:  the elder wand, the cloak of invisibility, and a magical stone.  Then, Harry is warned of his immediate danger, as Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is after him!

We see Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) sneaking into a vault at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Meanwhile, as Harry is speaking to the goblin Dobby about The Sword of Gryffindor, we see that Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) has assumed the post of Hogwarts’ Headmaster.  Harry has to sneak into the school with the help of Dobby, yet he wants Harry to retrieve for him The Sword of Gryffindor as payment for his help!

Harry, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), and Hermoine Granger (Emma Watson) continue to search for the remaining Horcrux.  Harry has with him wands that belonged to Bellatrix Lestrange and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton).  The three friends proceed by disguising themselves, then sneaking into Hogwarts.  Yet, elves inside the castle sense that they are impostors!

Hermoine disguises herself as Bellatrix.  She is made to present her wand as some type of proof, yet a gnome allows her and the others to pass.  They get to the caves beneath Hogwarts, where they drop into a deep cave!

The three are in the darkness, with lit wands.  They pass a sleeping dragon, yet a loud ringing begins.  They run into an opening to get hold of a Horcrux.  It falls, then multiplies, nearly trapping them before Harry gets hold of the original one.  Yet, they are tricked by a troll, who leaves them there, in a room full of gold!

Guards inside zap at the three with their wands.  Hermoine casts a spell to help them get past the guards by flying out on a dragon!  They are able to escape Hogwarts on the dragon, flying into London, then being dropped into a lake.  Voldemort’s image attacks them, yet they swim to safety!  Yet, The Dark Lord now knows where they are at!

The friends realize that they must attack Voldemort to get the final Horcrux.  The Dark Lord’s giant snake knows that they are after him.  They run, getting to the home of Dumbledore’s brother, Aberforth (Ciarán Hinds), from whom they need help to get back into Hogwart’s.  He begrudgingly helps them by using magic through the image of his sister, Ariana (Hebe Beardsall).

The image allows Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) to appear.  He leads the three to an underground tunnel that takes them into Hogwarts.  Once inside, the group gathers with their friends and classmates.  They all learn that they need to get an item of Ravenclaw that is needed to fight Voldemort!

Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright) informs the friends that Professor Snape knows some of their plans.  Snape is informing the Hogwarts students that helping Harry and his allies will bring punishment upon them.  He says that they are not to keep secrets about any of Harry’s intentions, lest they be punished!

Suddenly, Harry emerges in front of the students and Professor Snape!  Snape pulls his wand on Harry, but Professor McGonagall  (Dame Maggie Smith) emerges, battling Snape!  McGonagall defeats him, and Harry collapses.  He hears the sound of a screaming baby, then he hears Voldemort’s voice.  The Dark Lord has this baby, and he tells Harry that he must surrender in one hour for her to be freed!

Professor McGonagall ends up casting out many of the Slytherin students, while calling other professors to assist Harry.  He leaves Hermoine and Ron, going to search inside of Ravenclaw House.  Professor McGonagall goes with Mrs. Molly Weasley (Julie Walters), as they summon stone guardians to protect the school!

Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) pulls Harry back inside.  She gets him to speak with The Grey Lady, Helena Ravenclaw.  Harry needs a diary from her, yet he gets resistance, at first.  He does get help after his plans to defeat the dark wizards and to destroy the horcruxes are revealed.

Lord Voldemort and all of his allies gather outside of Hogwarts.  They cast spells to attack the castle.  A ghost inside is angry at the attack, and it becomes curious about helping Harry.  It assists Harry through a riddle.  Meanwhile, Ron casts a spell to enter the Slitherin tunnel as his older twin brothers, Fred and George, stand guard with others outside.

Ron gets hold of a tooth from a dragon’s skeleton.  He gives it to Hermoine, who casts a spell to distract and hurt Voldemort, while creating a brief flood.  This enrages The Dark Lord, yet Ron and Hermoine take a moment to kiss!

Hogwart’s School is totally aflame!  The students have been scattered.  A horde of witches and wizards chase Neville into a tunnel to the school, yet the tunnel collapses.  Neville survives, but more wicked witches and wizards attack the school with the assistance of a giant troll!  Neville is seen fighting bravely, as Draco is sneaking inside!

Ron and Hermoine have a map to find the needed Horcrux.  Yet, they are tailed immediately by Draco and other wicked allies.  Harry is inside of the castle, and he hears a voice that directs him toward a stone.  He is approached by Draco, and other mean magicians, who intend to stop him.  Hermoine and Ron enter, using their wands to blast the others, as Draco runs away in cowardice!

Harry and Hermoine get hold of a needed jewel, then they are forced to flee from a dragon!  It nearly has them trapped because Draco and other sinister spellcasters are blocking their escape.  Harry, Hermoine, and Ron are able to fly from the area on brooms, yet Draco grabs onto Harry’s broom, sneak-escaping the flaming dragon, also!

Harry destroys a Horcrux that he has with him, which wounds Voldemort.  It is at that point that Harry realizes that he must destroy Voldemort’s giant snake.  It is the last Horcrux that will defeat The Dark Lord once it is eliminated.  Yet, Lucious Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) works to bring Professor Snape before Voldemort.

The dark wizards prepare for an attack on the school as Death Eaters approach.  Hogwarts is protected by a magical shield to hold them off, as Snape confers with Voldemort.  Harry, Hermoine, and Ron sneak into the area, hearing Voldemort talking to Snape.  The Dark Lord questions Snape, then he fatally wounded the turncoat wizard because he had something that Voldemort wanted!

Harry gets tears from Snape, which he uses to get hold of a needed weapon.  As Snape tells Harry that he has his mother’s eyes, Voldemort speaks aloud.  He calls out Harry to meet him in The Forbidden Forest, as he kills everyone around him!

The others return to Hogwarts, which now is a destroyed mess!  Mr. Arthur Weasley was killed in the battle.  Harry has a potion with him that he casts into water, and it shows him a young Professor Snape, first learning of magic.  It goes onto show Snape as a student, and as a young man.

Suddenly, the spirit of Professor Snape appears, meeting with the spirit of Headmaster Dumbledore.  An image of Harry’s mom, Lily, being killed is seen, and it is revealed that Snape loved her.  Harry then understands that was a source of Snape’s revile for him because he is the child of Snape’s beloved by another man!

Further visions show Harry that Dumbledore ordered Snape to murder him so that Snape could gain Voldemort’s complete trust.  This trust allowed for a weakness in Voldemort, and Harry saw that as an opening.  It allowed Voldemort’s soul to be exposed to Harry, showing the night that The Dark Lord killed Harry’s mother.

Harry realized that he had to die in order to eliminate this last portion of Voldemort.  As well, Harry learned the truth behind Professor Snape’s dislike for him.  He saw that Snape had spite for him because he was the child of his mother, Lily, by another man, and not his own son!

Dumbledore revealed that Harry must die in order for Voldemort to be gone forever!  Harry understands this, and he knows that he must kill Voldemort’s snake.  Now, ready to die, Harry gets a first stone, seeing images of his parents and deceased allies.

Voldemort’s cohorts search for Harry.  They have Hagrid tied up, as Voldemort casts more spells to attack.  Harry awakens inside of a brightly-lit chamber without his glasses.  He sees a bloody Voldemort in embryo stage, then he sees Professor Dumbledore.  Harry and The Professor ponder their location, and Dumbledore reiterates that Harry is the Horcrux that Voldemort never meant to make.  With this knowledge, Harry has the choice of whether or not he wants to return to life.

As Voldemort’s snake remains ready to attack, The Dark Lord is seen in surrounding mirrors.  Harry’s body seems dead.  Hagrid gets the body, and he returns it to the ruins of the castle.  Everyone follows behind Voldemort and his snake.  As Voldemort sees that Harry has died, he and the dark wizards laugh, gloatingly.  He orders all of the other wizards to join him, or to die!

Draco joins Voldemort, followed by Neville, who mumbles something to remember Harry.  Then, shockingly, Harry arises, then he casts a spell to attack Voldemort’s snake!  The Malfoys escape, as the snake approaches Harry.

As Voldemort appears to have the upper hand, Hermoine enters, stabbing the snake.  Neville awakens, as Harry and Voldemort battle.  As The Dark Lord’s accomplices rally,  Mr. Weasley calls Bellatrix a bitch, then he zaps her to death!  Harry and Voldemort enter the castle, and they reach a top tier. Harry grabs hold of Voldemort, and they plunge off of the castle tier together.

A black smoke surrounds the grounds, as Harry and Voldemort grab wands.  They cast spells against each other, as Neville decapitates Voldemort’s serpent.  This weakens Voldemort, yet The Dark Lord casts one more spell at Harry.  Harry fights it off, and he gets hold of Voldemort’s wand.  He uses it to finally defeat The Dark Lord!

Hogwarts is a total mess!  The staff and students gather, as Hermoine and Ron emerge together, hand in hand.  Harry comes to realize that his wand was being used by Professor Snape.  Now that Harry has regained it, he breaks it, and he tosses the pieces of it.

Nineteen years pass, as the children of Harry, Ron, Jenny, Draco, and another prepare to go off to school.  These kids all are going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  We learn that Harry’s son is named Albus Severus Potter, named for Headmaster Albus Dumbledore and Professor Severus Snape!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Harry_Potter_characters

Quite the delightful tale!  I can say that I truly enjoyed each of these stories, and that J.K. Rowling has created a spectacular storyline that should last for ages.  All children, all students, all people whom love a good tale truly should love Harry Potter!  Each of the films was fantastic, and all of them lead to this totally fabulous culmination!  If the movies were this tremendous, the books certainly are terrific!   See these films!  Read these books!

The movie mania does continue!!  Captain America:  The First Avenger premieres next week!  Cowboys and Aliens, along with Crazy, Stupid, Love, and The Smurfs open July 29.  August has Conan the Barbarian, Don’t Be Afraid of the DarkFright Night,  One Day, Our Idiot BrotherRise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Whistleblower!

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