DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Harry Potter Franchise Finale Arrives on DVD
Unless author J.K. Rowling decides to extend the spellbinding saga, which isn’t entirely out of the question, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is slated to bring down the curtain on the magical adventures of the boy wizard and his Hogwarts School classmates. Directed by David Yates (HP 5, 6 & 7), this installment picks up right where the last one left off, namely, with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his pals, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), resuming their quest to find the rest of Dark Lord Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes). “Horcruxes.”
Diehard Potterheads undoubtedly already know why gaining possession of the wizard weaponry known as the “Deathly Hallows” (the Resurrection Stone, the Elder Wand and the Cloak of Invisibility) is so critical to the success of the seek-and-destroy mission to vanquish the merciless Voldemort. Nonetheless, uninitiated “muggles” need not be familiar with the inscrutable lexicon to appreciate the fact that what’s about to unfold is a classic showdown between the forces of good and evil over the fate of the world.
As for special effects, this episode features a profusion of captivating action sequences ranging from the heroes’ daring escape from a subterranean inferno on the back of a fire-breathing dragon to an epic, high body-count battle on the campus of their alma mater. Once the dust settles, however, what’s ultimately more memorable than the climactic clash of the wands is the update by way of postscript relating intimate details of developments in the protagonists’ personal lives.
After all, they’re almost like family after maturing in front of our very eyes since they were adolescents, so it’s only natural that we’d like to know how they turned out as adults. A fitting capstone on a fabled film franchise for the ages!
Excellent (4 stars)
Rated PG-13 for frightening images and intense violence.
Running time: 130 Minutes
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Ultraviolet digital copy, a conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe, deleted scenes, and featurettes entitled: “WB Studio Tour London -The Making of Harry Potter,” “The Goblins of Gringotts,” “The Women of Harry Potter” and “Maximum Movie Mode.”