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scene from harry potter 7 part 2 Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

The series concludes in this epic eighth film

By Miranda Rector | July 14 , 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Rating: PG-13
Length: 130 minutes
Release Date: July 15, 2011

Unless you've never had any contact with the outside world, you've certainly heard that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is in theaters this weekend.
The adventure for Harry Potter has been a long one. Harry is no longer the boy living in the cupboard under the stairs, and he's no longer just the Boy Who Lived. He's the Chosen One. Only Harry can defeat Voldemort in this epic, final showdown, but not before destroying all the horcruxes that the Dark Lord had made. Wizards must take up their wands in a violent battle for the wizarding world.
I really enjoyed the film itself. I thought that it was loyal to the book where it needed to be, and the changes were mostly for the better. The climax of the film is certainly enhanced. However, I thought the pacing of the film went too fast and the movie could have been longer. Some of my favorite elements of the books were either taken out or underdone, but there was no major disappointment. Pretty much all of my favorite moments are there. As long as Neville gets his chance to shine as a true Gryffindor, I'm happy.

I was on the verge of sobbing several times throughout the film, not just because of the numerous deaths and tragedies but because I knew this part of my Harry Potter journey was coming to a close. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 offers a satisfying conclusion to the movie series, but it's not the end forever. The Harry Potter series will never really be gone — it will be passed down to future generations so that can also appreciate the magical quality of the books and the movies. To the kids who, like myself, have always had Harry by their side, just treat it like this: We're only growing up a little. The magic will always remain in our hearts.

Check out Kid Reporter Grace McManus' report from the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, Grace's blog post about working the red-carpet premiere, Kid Reporter Miranda Rector's blog post about growing up with Harry Potter, and Kid Reporter Wanjiku Gatheru's review of the movie!


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