Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

After 10 years, the final chapter of Harry Potter has been unleashed on loyal fans around the world – and it will come as no surprise that it has broken box office records worldwide, including in New Zealand.

The opening scenes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 quickly remind the viewer that Harry, Ron and Hermione are on a quest to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, which will lead to the destruction and ultimate showdown between Harry and "You-Know-Who" (although we can now say his name, quoting Professor McGonagall: "His name is Voldemort, so you might as well use it; he's going to try and kill you either way").

The film then quickly moves along, following the trio on their quest, getting back into Hogwarts and on to the ultimate showdown, all the while meeting old favourites such as "sword-wielding" Neville Longbottom, "Looney" Luna Lovegood and "You're a wizard Harry" Hagrid.

There were some standout moments in this film for me, moments that for the non-book readers I will not spoil, but let's just say each was very satisfying, with one scene in the Chamber of Secrets leaving a huge grin on my face.

Having directed Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, David Yates has come to know the world that JK Rowling has created very well, taking the story to a dark and dramatic place, fitting the feeling of the final books perfectly.

From watching this final chapter, you really get a sense of how desperate and hopeless the wizarding world has become and begin to wonder how it will all end.

My only grumble with this film was its use of 3-D. For those who are unaware, there are two types of 3-D films: those that have been filmed in 3-D and those that have been converted to 3-D during post-production.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is unfortunately in the latter category, which has resulted in a pop-up book look that looks terrible, especially when compared with others leading the way in 3-D, such as Avatar and Transformers 3.

Instead of having the feeling of being fully immersed in the film, I found it disorienting and disappointing. The creators should have either filmed this final part in 3-D or kept it as a 2-D release, saving movie-goers a bit of cash.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was rewarded with applause from the crowd at the session I went to, and although I was not one of those applauding, I loved this film, and I am sad that the Harry Potter story, which is being called the Star Wars of the current generation, has come to an end.

The Southland Times