Our top ten of the 2010s: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Film editor Steven Ross explains why the final instalment in the Harry Potter franchise is the most magical movie of the decade.

Steven Ross
6th December 2019
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Image: IMDB

Fine Film Facts - Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Director: David Yates (Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, The Legend of Tarzan).

Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay). Based on 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows' by J.K. Rowling .

Certificate: 12.

Genre: Fantasy.

Main Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings, Swiss Army Man) as Harry Potter, Emma Watson (Perks of Being A Wallflower, Noah) as Hermoine Granger, Rupert Grint (Thunderpants, Cross of Honour) as Ron Weasley, and Ralph Fiennes (Red Dragon, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Lord Voldemort.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Budget/ Box office: $250 million/ $1.342 billion.

Major Awards: Nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Won 0. Nominated for 4 BAFTA awards. Won 1 - Best Visual Effects.

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

The biggest box office earner of 2011 and one of the greatest films of the last decade was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It provided and explosive and hugely satisfactory ending to the Harry Potter franchise that the fans well deserved.

I remember leaving the cinema after Part 1 in 2010, knowing that I’d have to wait 9 months for the final part. I also remember coming out of the cinema 9 months later feeling that I had seen the best fantasy film I would every likely see. In the intervening years no movie from that genre has managed to top it.

The film sees Harry, Hermione and Ron searching out the final horcruxes and returning to Hogwarts for a climactic battle that makes up a large portion of this films run time (and probably the budget too). Secrets older than Harry Potter himself are revealed and heroes and villains from across the franchise meet to duke it out. It’s the wizard Nazis against the clairvoyant classmates with the fate of the magical world on the line.

Each film in the Potter franchise has gotten progressively darker in tone and in this final chapter there’s no let up. Many favourite characters are cut down in battle, werewolves feast on schoolgirls flesh and themes of love, loss and human sacrifice abound.

What this installment does best however, is bring the Harry Potter story full circle. Events set in motion in the mind of J.K Rowling in some Scottish coffee shop over a decade before come to fruition here. The intricate planning of the narrative is paid off excellently. By the end of the movie, all of the major plot points have been resolved and character arks have been rounded off nicely. The legacy of Harry Potter will remain untarnished no matter how much the Fantastic Beasts films continue to degenerate into a desperate cash grabbing exercise.

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