On November 14th 2001millions of people first heard the words ‘I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible! Yes. But great.” Uttered in the wand shop of Mr. Ollivander on Diagon Alley, almost ten years and 7 films later we finally see those great things finally come to fruition. The Harry Potter series, according to author J.K. Rowling, is about how we respond to death and this film encompasses a fear and understanding of death on so many levels. Thanks to this statement by Ms. Rowling director David Yates focuses more on the tragedies and the aftermath of violence instead of weighing the film with epic battle scenes.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 begins on a quiet beach with Harry, Ron, and Hermione mourning the death of Dobby the house elf and quickly takes a dark turn to finish collecting and destroying the last of Lord Voldemort’s horcruxes. Lord Voldemort had split his soul into seven pieces in an attempt to cheat death and live forever. The final hour of the film concentrates on the last battle between good and evil. Voldemort and his Death Eaters determined to create a wizarding world with only those with ‘pure blood’ against the rest of the wizarding community. The speeches and undertones of the film are reminiscing of Word War !! and Hitler’s ideal of a master race.
Harry finally confronts his destiny realizing that he is in fact one of Voldemort’s horcruxes and in order for Voldemort to be stopped once and for all he must die. This is a turning point in the film because it makes not only Harry but the audience as well confront their mortality. How far would a person go in order to destroy evil? Is the question that is on everyone’s mind as Harry approaches Lord Voldemort in the Forbidden Forrest knowing that he is about to greet death, he does not fight but takes the killing curse proudly.
Entering a sort of limbo where Harry has a discussion with...
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