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The Final Hour: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
By Christy Box, Grade 11

Until I saw this movie, I really didn’t care for the Harry Potter series. Whatever my opinion of this series was before, I now stand corrected. This movie is the most epic tale you will see in a long time.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 begins exactly where Part 1 left off: Harry Potter must find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, discover the secrets of the Deathly Hallows, and defeat Lord Voldemort (who is now in possession of a powerful wand and powerful followers). However, there are many surprises and secrets still left for Harry, as everything we have seen suddenly comes together in a thrilling finale to an amazing series.

The plot of this film was so well-written and believable that you will hardly remember you’re watching a movie. You can feel the tension build as the story progresses. The story easily transitions from comedy to drama, drama to romance, and romance to thriller in just the span of a few minutes, taking you along for the ride. The dialogue is amazing and will leave you with many new favorite quotes. Most importantly, the entire film will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The acting in this movie was also first-rate. Every actor was completely into their character. First and foremost, Daniel Radcliffe did his best job as of yet playing Harry Potter, and Ralph Fiennes made Lord Voldemort seem real. Kudos must also be given to Alan Rickman for showing several sides of Snape we had never seen before (and never expected). These actors brought the characters to life and made us love them all.

As I sat in the theater of the midnight premiere, all around me there were cheers, applause, laughter, and sobs. For the first time, I cried during a movie. As the series finally ends with a bang, we’ll all be sad to see the story and our favorite characters leave us. However, I recommend this finale to everyone, whether or not you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series: You may find that you are a fan after all.

Source:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1201607/

Photograph by Russell Adler

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The End of the Harry Potter Series
By Ashley Viera

The last movie of the Harry Potter book and movie series recently premiered in theaters on July 15, 2011. I
personally attended the premiere at Sunset Mall.

The last movie involves Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), a teenage wizard, and his mission to kill his menace, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). In order to complete this task, Harry must find three objects known as the "Deathly Hallows"; together, they make one master of death. In addition, there are seven other objects known as Horcruxes, which hold pieces of one’s soul, namely Voldemort’s; as long as the Horcruxes are not destroyed, he will live.
 
Harry Potter is joined by two friends on this arduous and audacious duty - Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson).

The movie was technologically well constructed and breathtakingly compelling. The movie was action-packed, with scenes such as the intense break-in of the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, to the impacting, evocative final battle between Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter. The acting was equally entertaining and impressive; almost every scene depicted exactly as in the book.

Although there are many grand aspects about this movie, there are others which have left me thwarted and disconsolate. One of these is the scene of Fred's (Ron's brother) death, which was made to be brief and trivial, which is wrong, for it is a vital scene in the movie. Continuing, the movie felt rushed; details and emotional connections in between characters were unconsidered for.

My cousin and her friend, however, considered the movie “perfect and epic.”

Artwork by Hannah Fishbough, Grade 12

Jana L
7/22/2011 11:43:29 am

Christy! Fantabulous job!!!!!

I love it!!!

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