Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Part 2) – Movie Review

3 Wands out of 5!

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? ~ Albus Dumbledore

This quote picked up from the movie truly reflects the state of mind of Potter fans world over. How many of us wouldn’t want all of this to be true? One wish on the lips of all teens from Beijing to Benaras, and Manila to Macchu Picchu is to magically transport into this make-believe world and continue living in it forever! For millions of muggles worldwide, Harry Potter is sort of an alter-ego…The child-like fantasies, the pangs of teenage and the angst of youth have all been tied by an umbilical cord, as the real world and Hogwarts grew up in parallel in the last 10 years. It’s almost as if the souls are shared in a manner the horcruxes of Voldemort WERE spread all around. But alas all fantasies have to end somewhere, and Avada Kedavra has finally been cast on the Potter series.

Let me start off by saying that those who haven’t read the books or watched the earlier movies, don’t suddenly wake up from your decade-long coma and enter the theaters based on all the hype around. Because it would feel like a pre-schooler reading Einstein’s treatise on the theory of relativity, replete with all the mathematical equations. Accio knowledge? Ain’t happening, buddy!

As for the rest majority – to be honest, the movie actually disappoints. But this is more due to the heavy burden of expectations rather than anything else. The vivid imagery of a book is hard to achieve, especially if it’s supposed to be the grand finale of a tale which has lived in our collective conscious for over a decade and will probably live on for a few centuries ahead. Maybe, if I hadn’t gone with the baggage of memories and pre-conceived images, it would’ve worked better.

HP7D2 is a dark, grim battle of good vs evil and the opening scene of Voldemort using the elder wand and the deatheaters hovering over Hogsmead sets the greyish tone which remains even throughout the 2 odd hours. There is absolutely no respite in terms of any humour or charming little scenes which were the hallmark of the earlier 7 movies. Even the mandatory romantic kisses between Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny are fleeting and seem force-fed. Thankfully, some kind of emotional connect with the characters starts happening in the middle half as you can sense the agony and loneliness of Harry. A lump in the throat moment crops up occasionally, especially in the scene when Harry sees apparitions of his parents & Remus Lupin amongst others who died in the past, waging this battle. The last scene sort of gives a deja-vu moment as the circle of the journey ends with a new beginning. (The kids of the 3 musketeers are packed off to Hogwarts just before the ending credits – some creative genius might just pick up the thread from here and start writing on Potter & sons!)

What works best in favor of the movie is the rock-solid story material which has all the core elements of any epic – a gala battle of Good vs Evil, a puny David triumphing over the much stronger Goliath, sacrifices, friendship, etc. etc…Even with regards to the acting, there is absolutely nothing to complain, since all the youngsters have actually grown up with the characters, so Emma Watson is Hermione and Hermione is Emma Watson. This holds true for the adults as well, since majority of the cast has remained unchanged throughout the 8 movies – hats off to the franchise for managing that.

All in all, not to be missed by Potter fans for anything, but if you really want to enjoy it go in with lower expectations, a jumbo tub of salted popcorn, and a cute Patronus tagged along.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. ~ Albus Dumbledore


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