‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 193

#153 / 365 – ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 : 3D’ – 130 mins
Cinema Challenge #64 / 115

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) have embarked on a quest to find and destroy the Horcruxes that would give evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) immortality. In Part 1, this kept the trio away from Hogwarts for what was supposed to be their final year, during which time they also uncovered the secret of the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility. But now Voldemort has raised the stakes by acquiring the unbeatable Elder Wand and is about to launch a full assault on Hogwarts. The trio’s only hope is to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. Returning to Hogwarts, they prepare for a last stand against the forces of darkness threatening the Muggles and Wizarding worlds alike.

Day 8. And so we enter the final chapter. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, opens with a swift recap of how Part 1 ended, with Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) getting his hands on the Elder Wand, one of essential components of the Deathly Hallows that will grant him infinite power. But in terms of back story that’s all you get, and if you haven’t seen every film up until this point, well you really ought to remedy this before coming anywhere near this final hour – otherwise you will be in a maze and end up getting confusingly lost.

As far as spectacles go, this final chapter of the J. K Rowling extraordinary phenomenal wizardry saga that started to engulf the world entire in 2001, delivers on every level in its visuals which are rich and alluring throughout. The attack on Hogwarts is truly wonderful in scope where David Yates returning as director for a fourth time goes into apocalyptic mode. The climatic final battle is impressive and even has it’s Star Wars lightsaber duelling moment between Harry and the Dark Lord himself, but with wands. With regards to the 3D, and apart from a few fleeting moments with the highlight being the rollercoaster mine scene, which will have you casting your mind back to the legendary ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ – but overall and yet again it just doesn’t deliver in this area. I’m still slightly puzzled why Warner Bros. opted to go down this route, because the film will prove to be just as successful in 2D.

All the performances are fantastic, but this really is Daniel Radcliffe finest hour, and on whose shoulders the film entirely rests and it is evident he’s grown in stature and presence over the 10 years.

To be totally honest with you before this Cheltenham Film Club Harry Potter viewing marathon began 7 days ago and what with never having read the books, meant I never was a massive Harry Potter fan. I mean I’d sort of enjoyed the movies but had never felt a real connection with them over the years. But this has now all changed with watching all eight films back-to-back and seeing the intricate singular dark story unfold, means I’m now proud to say I’ve been converted into a huge fan of the series – and who knows in a few years time I may even encompass that truest connection by actually reading the books.

So after Ten Years, 7 books, 3,363 pages, 199 chapters, 1,090,739 words, 8 films, 19.61 hours, the 1 magical story of Harry Potter comes to a fitting end. This is a rare and epic saga that relentlessly just kept getting better and better with every release and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ – will leave you on a spellbinding cinematic high.

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