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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 July 15, 2011
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Studio: Warner Bros.
Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.

Picking up right where part one left off, Harry, Ron and Hermione are still on a mission to find the Horcruxes which contain pieces of Lord Voldemort's soul.

Destroy them...and the dark lord falls. Fail...and its pretty much the end of the world.

That's the premise for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

While the initial installment has been characterized as a road movie with intimate scenes and quiet moments, this one is a war film. The stakes are incredibly high. Many people make the ultimate sacrifice. There are are big battles and big confrontations which make up the bulk of the series finale.

Of course, Voldemort isn't sitting on his hands while Harry and his friends try to take him down. He strikes back...attacking Hogwarts and taking prisoners.

That forces Harry to make a very tough meet Voldemort face-to-face. Their ultimate confrontation is what fans of the books and the movies have been waiting for and it does not disappoint.

For the past ten years, we've watched the lead actors in this series grow up in front of our eyes. They've made a mostly graceful transtion from children to adults, and the performances of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have also grown. They are self-assured and strong in this final chapter...comfortable with their characters and their roles.

Supporting them is a treasure trove of talent, including Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith. It's an embarrassment of riches, an all-star cast which delivers in each and every scene.

Director David Yates took over the franchise with "Order of the Phoenix" and he was the perfect choice to lead the way as Harry Potter became darker and more serious.

There's no doubt that "The Deathly Hallows" is full of action..but I also liked how each of the major characters gets a moment to shine. It's a fitting end to wonderful series of films.

On my rating scale, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" earns a HOME RUN.

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