By Chris Campo
At last... here we are. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the final film in the Harry Potter film series. Yes, after countless hours, countless spells, countless moments forever burned into our brains and seemingly countless Professors of the Dark Arts... it's over. Unless you count Fantastic Beasts, which I'm not, simply to sound more dramatic. Like the film itself, this is a bittersweet moment for me. I just sunk hours (19 hours and 40 minutes including credits, to be exact) into this series and was both excited and sad to finish it, but it had to be done. I've really liked all of the Harry Potter films, for the most part, but for me to officially say this is one of my favourite film series of all time, the finale would have to deliver. And boy did it.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 follows Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) still searching for the horcruxes that keep the most powerful wizard, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) alive. Making their way back to Hogwarts, they are greeted by friends who are all on their side, preparing for a huge attack. Voldemort vows to kill Harry Potter by attacking Hogwarts with everything he has, but he may have met his match. This is the final chapter, this is where it all ends... this is the end of Harry Potter.
Magic is defined as a power to influence or change events to make something unbelievable happen, and that is exactly what happened here. This film is magical. Somehow, the finale of eight films... eight films... is the best in the series. That is something so inconceivable that it can only be explained as magical. Everything in this film works. It's exciting, emotionally engaging and has more satisfying moments than any blockbuster to come out this year, say for Captain America: Civil War. As I am no longer a Harry Potter virgin (I just have to read the books now), I can easily say putting all this time into these films was well worth it. This was a roller coaster, a roller coaster that knew exactly how to wow me and where to let me off.
When I say this film is exciting, I mean it. I may have complained that Part 1 was slow and the idea of splitting the Deathly Hallows into two films was a bad idea, but now I see why they did it. Part 2 is non stop excitement and works as the most fast paced film in the series. The film is practically one huge final act, and as I have said in nearly every Harry Potter review, the third act is always the best part of these films. The action is breathtaking, from the incredible dragon escape in the beginning to the attack on Hogwarts to the final showdown. Everything hits, and it hits hard. There are too many insanely awesome moments to count, and each one one-ups the last.
If I could describe the film in two words, it would be wholesomely satisfying. So many moments I have been dying to see happen here, and some moments that are unexpected really dazzled me. I actually shed a tear of happiness when Ron and Hermione finally kissed, part of me even wanted to cheer. Every character has their time to shine here, too, which I really appreciate. Some of the best moments come from characters who haven't really had any big moments, like Maggie Smith's Professor McGonagall and Matthew Lewis' Neville Longbottom, who has a great, meaty role here that was unexpected and, the magic word, satisfying. As fan of film, this is one of the most rewarding films I have ever seen and makes you proud to be a fan.
But what all these films are about is Harry Potter, his struggles, his relationships and his journey. This film tackles some pretty heavy shit, this film easily having the highest death count of the series, and things in the story constantly take turns for the worst. But Harry Potter, the boy who lived, is always there, ready to fight evil at whatever cost. There's something extremely profound in this character I can't quite describe with words. Something that, after eight long films, I can only feel. When he finally meets Voldemort for the final battle, it just hits you how great of a character he is, and how great of a world we got to live in to see him protect it. Even with limited dialogue, the closing moments of this film really hit me. It was the ultimate satisfying moment. I was not looking forward to the film ending, but I am glad it did. The reason why this series is so special is because it ended. There will always be another Marvel film, Star Wars film, DCEU film, but here we are left with a hero, done with his journey, and we simply leave the world. Until the inevitable prequel comes out and slaps that idea in the face because studios love money!!!
In all seriousness, this series really did it for me. It made me laugh, it made me feel and it made me think. I am grateful to this series for the incredible time I have had watching and reviewing these movies. I now see why they are special to so many people, I now know why whenever I go to Universal studios nearly half of the people are wearing the robes of the house they are in. By the way, I took the quiz, I'm a Hufflepuff. Being a Harry Potter virgin, the lamest title ever (thanks Jack), turned out to be a good thing, to experience the films with a unique set of eyes. I can't wait to revisit these films, read the books, ride the roller coasters and actually get the references to them... I officially can now call myself a Harry Potter fan.
Overall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a perfect cap on a delightful series. I am in love with it. It's all a fan could ever ask for, and experiencing it for the first time was a hell of an experience. I tried to think of a legitimate negative, but I just couldn't. I can't believe they pulled this off, I truly cant. I'm in awe.