For a series of stories that began in the mind of a single Mom on welfare writing in long hand in an Edinburgh cafe, where she went to have a warm place to sit, the Harry Potter books have proven the power of an idea and passion whose time has come. In many respects, the real magic of Harry Potter is more will than wizardry.
This final episode is the most perfect of all the films, deftly tying together the mystical saga with flourish and a heart.
As almost everyone knows, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” brings to the screen the final epic battle between Lord Voldermort and Harry Potter, a metaphorical struggle between good and evil. Ralph Fiennes is perhaps the best of the uniformly superior supporting cast. He gives pure evil a face and a voice if ever anyone could.
In addition, Part 2 dips ever so gracefully into the possibility of an afterlife, and what it might be like. And in the film’s final moments, we see a rite of passage that proves even wizards don’t have a spell that stems the passage of time.
Director David Yates has pulled out all the stops, technically and with casting in Part 2. Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape shows a surprisingly gentle side as he recalls Harry’s mother and his love for her. (Yes, there are several questions answered in this film that have been left unanswered in the past.) Ron and Hermione share their first kiss, and not exactly when you would expect it. There’s even a scene underground that almost shouts for a new thrill ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. Almost every character in the series has a place in this wrap-up motion picture, and it lends a sense of completeness to the effort.
Kudos to all the film exhibitors in St. Louis, big and small, who have spent a wizard king’s ransom upgrading theaters, screens, projections, sound and other technical aspects just to make certain moviegoers get the richest Harry Potter experience possible with this definitive concluding film. No matter what your feelings about the books and the movies on Harry Potter’s world, you’ve got to see this movie.
This time, the magic is real.