After ten years since the first Harry Potter film was released, the Harry Potter series culminates in David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
The first Deathly Hallows film, whilst well-paced, felt, through its obvious split into two films, oddly stagnant. With a clear end to the series in sight, The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 felt too much of a precursor to the main event. Now with the so-called main event released, Yates’ Part 2 is a far better film than its predecessor. Well-paced, with some brilliant action sequences, Part 2 is an exciting conclusion to the series.
Fans of the books will already be aware of the plot, as such there is little reason to recap or summarise here, we can safely assume that very few viewers will be watching this film with little knowledge of the end result. It is thus even more impressive then that Yates manages to create both narrative drive and tension out of a storyline so many viewers will be familiar with.
The acting of the three main protagonists, admittedly never brilliant, especially when sharing the screen with some of the best British actors currently working, is here more than passable, thanks in part to the rather excellent action scenes.
It is in the scenes in which the magical community, including familiar characters, display both their magical power and ability that the film most excites. Seeing Dame Maggie Smith’s Professor McGonagall do battle with Death Eaters, enacting highly impressive spells and exhibiting her magical prowess, provides some of the film’s best moments.
Fans of the Harry Potter franchise will not be disappointed: a commendable end to the series.