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Review by: Christian Piatek

Twitter: @ChristianPiatek

I got the chance to view a advanced screening of the final Harry Potter Tuesday. Being a Harry Potter fanatic, I was not excited about the 3D. If you have plans to see it at midnight and only 3D is available, do not worry: Harry Potter did it right! I hate 3D and although the 3D wasn’t necessary at all, there was a depth that was added and didn’t distract one bit (also you get these really neat Harry Potter style glasses).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 is a direct continuation of part 1. At the conclusion of part 1: Voldemort has the elder wand, hogwarts is now run by Snape, and nowhere is safe. We last left the trio at shell cottage mourning the death of Dobby, but also thinking up a plan to get the remaining horcruxes. The film jumps right into things as just 5 minutes into it, the trio flies off to Gringotts to try and capture/destroy a part of Voldemort’s soul. As they fled from the scene on the back of a dragon, the audience senses excitement and adventure (especially with the help of the fantastic score by Alexandrie Desplat). The film loses its brightness but never its adventure as the kids run off to Hogwarts where they embark on a battle against good and evil. The battle is brutal and very well choreographed, but the main highlight of the film is a scene in which Harry view Snape’s memory. It is very reminiscent of the beginnings of the series and edited to near perfection. For fans of the series that have stuck with it until the very end, it will be a emotional ride and a satisfactory conclusion unlike many hollywood finales before it. Fans have these certain points in the finale that they are looking forward to such as “the kiss”, “Don’t touch my daughter, you b**ch!”, king’s cross, etc. All of these all very well thought out and executed. As the series draws to a close and voldemort faces his defeat, cheers were heard throughout the theater along with a few sobs. The 19 Years Later scene that concluded the books was very short and bland for many readers, but as the film draws to a close with the same circumstances, it brings a emotional climax. Like all adaptions, good and bad, this film has some cheesy dialogue and awkward moments, but epicness and emotions overshadowed these to bring a exciting conclusion. This series of films (and books) will live for many years to come in the hearts of young people and adults alike.