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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

July 16, 2011

The first part movie of the Harry Potter and the deathly hallows exceeded my expectations and raised my expectation for the final movie a bit. Being a Potter fan, I decided to give it a shot on the opening show. Yes, I got to watch the movie by Thursday evening itselfย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Theater atmosphere is nothing short of festive minus 15 feet Harry Potter standing with garland around his neck ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› For the first time I have seen lot of foreigners in the theater.

Now to the movie:

Earlier part ended with Harry, Ron and Hermione escaping with the help of Dobby and Lord Voldemort possessing the elder wand from Dumbledore’s tomb. The story continues from there with all the three goes on their mission of finding Horcruxes. Lord Voldemort with the collective strength of all his dark forces tries to find Harry Potter and kill him. As Harry, Ron and Hermione enters Hogwarts to find the remaining Horcruxes, Voldemort too reaches there summoning Harry which will result in no-harm to anybody else. But the Hogwarts professors helps Harry in search of Horcruxes stopping the Dark forces for some time. When Harry hears the truth through Snape’s memory its shocking and shattering not only to him and us also. Harry confronts Voldemort only to be…. Well enough of story.

What I liked:

  • As with the case of first part, this time too the filmmakers largely stuck to the book avoiding the curses of the fans of the book ๐Ÿ™‚ And they have done very well by not dwelling into the past of Dumbledore which would have slowed down the movie very much.
  • The casting is so perfect with all the lead characters giving consistent performances. For once Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort looked frightening. Alan Rickman as Snape for the first time in the movie series has given a weak performance. It maybe because of the kind of fast cut sequences he has involved.
  • Each of the beloved characters of the book were given enough screen time, brought cheers from the crowd.
  • First half of the movie was swiftly paced with no time to get breath. Very well written and brought on the screen.
  • The visuals are anything but stunning. Usually Harry Potter movies are always a winner in technical terms and this time its no different. I loved the sequences where the protective charm was laid all over the Hogwarts castle and Snape’s disappearance while dueling with Minerva Mcgonagall.
  • I liked the 3D effect of the movie but still would have liked to see in 2D.
  • Another surprising thing is there at the end, which I never thought will be filmed. I loved it. Don’t want to reveal it here for first few weeks. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

What I didn’t like:

  • First and foremost, the ineffectiveness with which Snape’s episode pictured. While reading book we will be moved by the bravery of the man but in movie it just passes us without affecting us. I may be partial but surely it didn’t had half the impact of the book. Considering it is the most important part of the book, it should have got same treatment of Dobby’s episode and ‘Tale of three brothers’ episode in first half.
  • While the first half is well built with fast paced action, the climatic battle between Harry and Voldemort is not worth remembering. It could have pictured in a grand way.
  • The battle of Hogwarts could have been paced better with the visual freedom they have.

Overall:

I liked the movie as it tried to stay true to the book and managed to bring in all the important characters of the book. Hagrid, Neville, Snape, and Mcgonagall all got cheered from the crowd. But the biggest cheer was reserved for Hogwarts castle. People loved to see it after a movie ๐Ÿ™‚ David Yates who brought the series down with those dumb adaptations of 5th and 6th book, redeemed himself with almost perfect ending. Take a bow!!!

Its quite sad that there won’t be anything I could expect more from Potter series, I just wish JKR writes something more about Voldemort’s schooling life and the fight between dark forces and order of the phoenix before the birth of Harry.

PS: Going to catch the movie again in biggest screen in Chennai. All excited again guys ๐Ÿ™‚

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2011 9:31 am

    I saw this somewhere in FB, ‘If I take seven movies to kill one silly villain, I will refund the money of the public!’ – Rajnikanth – The BOSS ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. July 16, 2011 10:03 am

    Awesome!! I’m J ๐Ÿ˜› U already saw it????
    I’m looking forward to seeing it next week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 22, 2011 7:41 pm

      I am sure u wouldn’t have seen it yet ๐Ÿ™‚ In Chennai too its not running now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  3. July 16, 2011 11:18 am

    Already going again???

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. July 16, 2011 4:39 pm

    On the contrary, it was Snape who bowled me over in the movie. His acting was perfect and the depiction of “The Prince’s tale” was better than that in the book, according to me.. Alan Rickman won the “best character in HP movies” award too..
    I actually cried in the movie and just loved the movie. There were lot of things missing in the movie, but still it was great ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. July 17, 2011 9:51 pm

    When i heard about this movie i thought of u thambi and i was expecting this post from u.

    Not a fan of harry potter but the kid looks cute in old movies compared to the latest movie….

  6. July 19, 2011 10:40 am

    Dude.. I didn’t know u hv a blog ๐Ÿ™‚ . . It’s nice. Keep writing, and try to write in tamil too, if time permits ๐Ÿ™‚ . . HP is my fav series too… Keep writing.

  7. July 19, 2011 9:41 pm

    I agree about everything you have written, especially the “don’t likes”
    I also didn’t like how they never connected the Deathly Hallows to Dumbledore or how he calculates that Harry had to die willingly to live.. this explanation is given in the book, but not in the movie…
    The great hall fight too – there is more conversation b/w You-Know-Who and Harry and less fighting… but, in the movie – they don’t show that.. they don’t explain the shield or why the wand doesnt work properly for Voldemort…

    I did enjoy the movie though – they stuck as close as possible to the book and the effects are very well done! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. July 25, 2011 11:41 am

    Yes the movie was good. The 3D effect was much better than many recent 3D movies I had seen.

    I haven’t read the book so I dont know whether the story of the movie sticks to the book but I would say the movie was better than the previous HP movies.

  9. July 28, 2011 12:15 pm

    hey that was a good review…First I think i should read the book…
    Btw: U went to TVM…greeat…Sad that couldn’t get the glimpse of the kerala rain…

  10. August 25, 2011 11:16 am

    ooops .. not a harry potter fan … books .. yes .. movies no

  11. Princess permalink
    September 2, 2011 4:47 pm

    why staying dormant ?? gone to watch Mankatha eh??

  12. September 30, 2011 12:30 pm

    Have watched this movie and gave only 1 thumb ! The end is less climax for a real great story. Though a bit dissapoint but still it’s good. ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. October 21, 2011 12:45 am

    kooooi

  14. October 22, 2011 7:50 pm

    @Smita: Yeah.. watched it few times ๐Ÿ™‚
    @AK: Movie is good but I still feel The prince’s tale could have been better ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Saritha akka: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ In this movie everyone looked good..
    @Karuthel: Welcome here bro.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wil try to write in Tamil.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Pixie: They left those parts.. they could have shown them. ๐Ÿ™‚ good you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Anbu: 3D is good for this movie… especially the hogwarts shielding scene.. nice one ๐Ÿ™‚ Surely the movie is better than previous movies ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Aryan’s mom: you should read it.. and you will love and you can tell to Aryan too.. a lil magic to rockstar.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Princess: Now back ๐Ÿ™‚
    @blommer22: Welcome here!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Movie is good yeah…. but climax is lil disappointment..
    @Deepa: I am back ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ but this installment of movie is very good ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you watched it??

  15. January 9, 2012 5:17 pm

    It is so sad that the series (both books and movies) has ended ๐Ÿ˜ฆ it is like the end of an era!

    • January 13, 2012 2:20 am

      surely.. Its a legendary one ๐Ÿ™‚ Like all good things, Harry Potter also ended…

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