Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
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While the whole world’s lenses have spent the past few months trained on the now astonishingly adult cast of the Harry Potter saga, a superfranchise with unprecedented force, all eyes will be on director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves in this final instalment of the wizarding tale. We’ve been assured time and again that Radcliffe et al have got firmly to grips with each character, but it’s the mood of each film that has so often proved an untamable beast – in fairness, it would have been a mighty task for any crew given the 30cm-deep pile of novels they’ve had to squeeze into a few short hours.
Though Part I of the Deathly Hallows adaptation sparked a flurry of disappointed grumblings, audiences will be hard pushed not to find their inner Potterphiles reawakened with this visually mesmerising, emotionally charged finale to a series that has dominated the best part of the past decade. Our hero, the now-strapping Potter, is faced with his own mortality as he comes face to face with the serpent-featured Lord Voldemort and, more movingly, the notion that there is bad in all of us.
Overall, it’s the same winning formula that has carried the story through since inception: adventure, idealism, humour, love and loss – only this time with fireworks strapped to its boots.By Holly Sands
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