Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 - SideReel Review

The shortest of the series, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part 2, picks up right where Part 1 left off. The entire film felt like one epic battle, and I must say: it was brilliant! This Harry Potter film was definitely my favorite. 

This phenomenon began with a children's film, rated G, starring unknown actors from across the pond. Eight films later, they're international icons who will be part of our lives forever. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson took the characters of Harry, Ron, and Hermione off the pages of JK Rowling's novels and brought them to life on the big screen as 8 thrilling films. 

As we watched the actors and characters grow up, dealing with issues ranging from relationships and families to death eaters and "Dementors," we as an audience also grew- learning more about their magical story and the mysterious truth about "The Boy Who Lived." 

The final film, rated PG-13, brought our heroes back to where it began, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Returning for the final battle they were aided by other characters that we'd met along the way and let into our hearts as well, including Luna, Professor McGonagall, the Weasley's and Neville (the most surprising character in the final movie.) I'm not squeamish, but this was the goriest film of the Harry Potter series, because as with most wars, there was tons of blood. 

Like the 7 films before it, I came into the theater with a clean slate, having not read any of the books I had no expectations, and was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Watching Harry, Hermione, and Ron run around trying to find the last of the "Horcruxes" in order to destroy them had me holding my breath anxiously waiting to see what happens next. And finally every question was answered, every twist revealed leaving me satisfied and ready to let go. 

Watching the film in 3-D didn't really do much for me, but the Harry Potter shaped glasses were a nice touch that will serve as memorabilia in honor of this historic event and unprecedented franchise- the 'Star Wars' of my generation. 

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is rated PG-13 and is now playing. 

-Yael Tygiel


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