By Mico Roan

Balita Media News Service

LOS ANGELES – Harry Potter movie franchise is coming to an end. And what better way to end the journey of the chosen one is to end it with epic proportion. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” – is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series.  The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts.

In the epic finalé, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizard world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.

It all ends here. Audiences have also watched all of the young characters in Harry Potter go from childhood to adulthood and, as they have matured, so have the stories. With each successive title, the stakes were raised and the dangers amplified as Lord Voldemort returns and now reigns. In “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” the young wizards are now on the front lines of a world at war.

In the movie, we were reminded of the conclusion of Part 1 of the movie: Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) got the elder wand and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), with Hermione and Ron (played by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint respectively) is after Voldemort’s Horcruxes. The first part of the movie, in my opinion, was rushed as I thought the director tried to squeeze all the information and important scenes in less than 30 minutes of the beginning of the final battle at Hogwarts.  But everything is made up through the rest of the movie as the epic battle ensues.

The battle at Hogwarts may be compared to the battle scenes on “Lord of the Rings” but this one has less weapons and more wands swinging. Deaths of loved ones are being shown in the movie with less gore, but the impact was felt more by the viewers. All the scenes with Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) is very convincing and wonderfully shot that even the girl sitting beside me at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, where an advanced screening of the movie was held for members of the ethnic media, started to cry, when the character ultimately met the outcome of what Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) has planned for him to do.

This movie is the darkest movie yet compared to the last seven installments of Harry Potter. It is a good decision of the movie studio to split the last book into two as the first one carried the story behind the journey to get through the second movie, which is what most people call the “battle movie.” And I applaud J.K. Rowling for not going away from the story arc through the whole series as we revisit some familiar places from the past on this final movie. Collectively, the Harry Potter movies were an unprecedented undertaking for all involved – no other motion picture series had ever followed a linear story surrounding the same characters over the course of eight full-length features.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the best way to end this magical series. The battle between Harry and Voldemort has been building up throughout the series and this last movie ended it well. This movie is also about sacrifice, love and each character’s struggle to defeat evil. As the Director, David Yates, says, “It was important to end the series with an epic finalé, so we have battles and dragons, spiders and giants…but at heart, this is a story about the characters. Spectacle is important, but caring about the people in the middle of it is what pulls the audience into the journey with them.”