by Sandra Scholes, guest reviewer
I know it's kind of clichéd, but it's true. If you go see any movie this year, let it be this one. It's not one to let you down, and it's worth you sitting down and watching the other movies in the series first. Other than Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean this is the only movie out there that deserves all the hype that is thrown about it. This second part makes up for the rather slow first half of the Deathly Hallows. Now that I think about it, the first part was the build-up while the second part is all action, and a rollercoaster ride as you will be treated to dragon rides and fight scenes.
The movie begins where the last one left off, the three heroes are burying Dobby after his untimely death and it proves to be a sorrowful time for all, and the atmosphere of the movie carries this same mood over until they meet Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus's brother. None of them feel comfortable in his presence and no wonder, he is a pretty
unlikeable man with an ulterior motive, and, to be honest he looks like he would betray them all without another thought. Lucky for Harry and his friends, he is prepared to help them in their search for the Horcruxes as he has to find them and, if he can, destroy them as these are the pieces of Voldemort's evil soul.
Unlike in the previous movies, there is a great deal of tension that builds up from the start and gets progressively worse as the film goes on. It also gets darker too, even when viewers thought it couldn't get as dark. For those who have watched the films since the very first one, they will they will have noticed they have darkened right from The Prisoner of Azkaban, and after. Harry Potter has had to combat Voldemort's minions, and anyone else who gets in his way. In this movie Harry has to drop his weaker side, and show his friends that he is capable of handling the war that is coming. Voldemort is powerful, and the only way they can destroy him is to find the Horcruxes and destroy them one by one, thereby decreasing his power and the effect he has on everyone at the school. There is one Horcrux Harry has not taken into account, though, and it would be rather tricky for him to destroy.
If they are to find these Horcruxes, they have to make their journey back to Hogwarts, and this is as a dangerous as it gets for the three of them as the entire place has changed since they were once students there - it has become the haven of Voldemort and his supporters, so they will have to be careful if they are to service. Their only means of moving around Hogwarts unnoticed is to use potions and spells to disguise them while they search. At the start of this part of the movie, there are endless fights and magical cameos from characters that were in the films before. It ties up many loose ends we might have noticed in the other movie, and as well as deaths, there are a few revelations about a certain character.
So, Voldemort is still dangerous and his power has built since the first movie, the Malfoys are just as nasty, except that Draco has seen what happens to those in the service of their lord and has to make a decision of whether he wants to keep his allegiance with him, or against him. He knows he is the ultimate evil who was once Tom Riddle, but will he go against his father's wishes? There are characters you won't see much of, Hagrid only makes one appearance, the twins, Fred and George Weasley in fact you get to see more of Voldemort's minions than anything else, with the wicked Bellatrix Lestrange loving every minute of waving her wand and being generally bad. What is sad though is Slytherin's head, Severus Snape is as nasty and connected to Voldemort as previously thought. In fact, Harry, Hermione and Ron have their work cut out trying to find the last of the Horcruxes and bring Voldemort's evil reign to an end.
As you may have guessed, though, it's not going to be as easy as that. When death-eaters are stationed around the castle, and danger is all around the inside, nothing could be as hard. They do have help on the inside though, and to be honest, Harry has always had help from others since he became a trainee wizard. He has often thought that his parents, especially his mother have been around to protect him, and guide him to the things he needed, but is it the truth? Harry doesn't know, and yet he wants to find out what he needs to know.
Nothing in this movie is rushed, and even though the first part was slow, it served as a fitting build up to the rest of the story, which starts as soon as the three of them get to Hogwarts. From then on there is nothing but action, reaction and interaction, perfect pacing, and a final battle that isn't obviously tailored at having Harry win. Normally the hype of a movie isn’t as justified as it could be, but in this case, it is. The acting is perfect, the amount of characters, action, magic and ending make it the best movie out at the moment, and as I can see, nothing is good enough to top it anytime soon.