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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2): Sticking the Landing

I will never forget seeing this in theaters back when it first came out. This is one of those movies that is more of an event than a film. And much like Avengers: Endgame, I can’t ever forget having been there for the event.

Honestly, there isn’t much to say about Deathly Hallows Part 2. It’s an incredibly solid film that pays off all the promises the series has been making for years up to that point. The whole movie is basically one big action scene, yes, but that doesn’t really matter. It’s the end to one of the biggest franchises to grace both pages of books and screens all across the world for decades. And in that regard, this final film was a fantastic finish.

The journey to destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes continues. After securing another, Harry witnesses a vision leading them to the location of the last one: Hogwarts itself. There, in the school where it all began, the final battle between Harry and the dark lord will finally commence.

This movie is full of satisfying pay-off moments to events that have been setup in all the previous films. Ron and Hermione finally get together, Snape’s past and true intentions are revealed, the Malfoys abandon the Death Eaters, Bellatrix gets destroyed, McGonagall gets to kick some ass, on and on it goes! This movie is full of moments that will satisfy the hunger of long-time fans!

That said, not all of them work. Voldemort’s death is quick and unsatisfying. Bellatrix should have been defeated by Neville, not Ron’s mother. And the rules of the Elder Wand don’t entirely make sense; why would the wand belong to Harry because he wrestled Draco’s wand away from him? It isn’t like he disarmed him of the Elder Wand.

And the award for the most underutilized character in fantasy goes to…

Very few of the deaths work well, either. Most of them feel like they’re done for shock value rather than a proper emotional beat in the story. Aside from Snape’s death, which does have some impact, everyone else’s demise just feels hollow. It’s less “Oh no, a character I loved is dead!” and more like “Oh, they’re dead? Aw, man. Okay, moving on.”

The action in this movie is decent. As it should be, given that the whole movie is basically just a giant action scene. There are plenty of fun and creative spells used, tons of intense set pieces, and some bad ass, albeit brief, wizard duels! This is just a very exciting and satisfying movie to watch.

And the music! Good god, the music in this one is some of the best in the whole series! There’s some incredible stuff in here! I particularly love the track that plays when Harry, Ron, and Hermione fight their way through the chaos of the courtyard to find Voldemort and kill the snake once and for all.

As for the ending itself, it isn’t especially incredible. It’s satisfying to see our characters having grown up and becoming parents and getting their happily ever after. It is a satisfying conclusion. But it doesn’t have anything especially memorable in it, unless you count the terrible name of Harry’s son.

“But the Cursed Child happens because of the-” we don’t talk about that.

That’s pretty much all there is to be said about this one, really. It’s a very simple and satisfying conclusion to the series. If this one had dropped the ball, I doubt Harry Potter would have had the cultural impact that it has today. But it didn’t, and this movie is still a great end to an iconic series.

Despite J.K.’s best efforts.

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