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'Deathy Hallows: Part 2' exceeds expectations

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POSTED: July 22, 2011 10:29 a.m.
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Sasha McBrayer says one of the most improve aspects of the boy magician series is Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, even when he's in a wet suit.

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It is the end of an era. For 10 years, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have portrayed Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on the big screen.
But on July 15, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” finally was unleashed upon an eager public. That means, my friends, it’s the end.
Continue reading for a spoiler-free review.
“Deathly Hallows: Part 2” took in more than $168 million during its opening weekend, shattering the record previously held by Christopher Nolan’s sequel “The Dark Knight” and its initial take-home of $158 million.
What’s all the fuss about? Well, Harry Potter is a very personal subject for millions of fans. Regardless of whether fans have read J.K. Rowling’s infectious books, “the boy who lived” has been a part of their lives for at least a decade. And this film ends his story well. Oh my goodness. I never have seen a more thrilling or emotionally satisfying sequel.
I reviewed part one of “HP7” back in November and mentioned how slow the middle of that cinematic chapter felt. Not so in part two.
Whether the trio is breaking into Gringotts to enter the vault of Bellatrix Lestrange or fortifying Hogwarts against a “Lord of the Rings”-sized assault by Voldemort and his forces, every moment in this film is as fleeting as it is exciting. I had to see it twice. The film’s message of hope rings loud and clear.
One of the biggest surprises is Neville Longbottom and his transformation from awkward kid to courageous champion. And have you seen the actor’s red-carpet photos? Oh my.
And Snape! Professor Severus Snape ... That’s all I’m going to say.
I won’t tell you who lives and who dies, but I will say that this was the film experience of the decade.
I give it an A+ because I’m a fan!

 

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