13/07/2011

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As a casual watcher of the previous instalments and one of the rare people on planet earth to have not embarrassed themselves by reading a kid's book on the tube, the Harry Potter juggernaut has baffled and amused me since the first book was published in 1997. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is going to be massive and probably break every record every recorded as its dedicated/sad fan base see it 42 times in a desperate attempt to convince themselves that Harry Potter isn't over, but the film's biggest success is managing to be thrilling, entertaining and genuinely wonderful to casual observers such as myself.

Everyone who suffered through the slow, dull and exposition-heavy first part released in November gets their pay off as part 2 is nothing but wondrous set pieces, top notch effects and surprisingly gruesome moments. While on the hunt for the remaining horcruxes, Lord Voldemort sends in his troops to Hogwarts and all hell breaks loose featuring trolls, dragons, dementors, huge snakes and spiders. At one point Harry, Hermione and Ron come across some disgusting creature nibbling on the carcass of a young student and when Voldemort sets his snake on Snape, the view shifts to outside and we get a distorted look at him being bitten accompanied by some uncomfortably loud cracking. It's moments like that when you realise how "adult" the series has got since its kiddie beginnings and it's all the better for it.

Despite all the high points some lingering problems remain; Daniel Radcliffe can't project, Emma Watson can only produce one facial expression which she clearly robbed from The Joey Tribbiani School of Acting and Ron only exists to spout a funny line from time to time. Luckily Ralph Fiennes is on hand to be deliciously OTT and characters I never knew existed get some screen time and do a bloody good job of it.


Who knew a young man with such magnificent taste in cardigans could be so badass? It's the shortest film of the series and probably the best but what a shame the unnecessary epilogue ruins things by shifting from a genuinely moving end to a silly look at the characters 19 years on as they send their children off to Hogwarts. There's some shocking make up on display but that's just nit-picking at the only blockbuster to be released this year that lived up to its hype. So, when do we expect the reboot to be announced?