Early ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ Reviews Emerge

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Early Reviews Early Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Reviews Emerge

[UPDATE: Read our Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows: Part 2 review.]

Critical reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are almost pointless, if we’re really being honest. Most fans of the books, the movies, or even those who have casually followed the cinematic journey of the Boy Wizard from a distance, are all likely motivated already to show up and see how the story ends, regardless of what critics think.

Still, while official reviews may not be all that important, we’re betting that some of you Potter fans out there will be eager to read some of the early reviews of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 that are now emerging online.

So how is the final chapter in Harry Potter’s movie franchise faring with the critics? In a word: Excellent.

Below we’ve posted a handful of quotes from some of the biggest publications that have already posted their Deathly Hallows: Part 2 reviews. Click on the name of any of the publications to check out a full review. Our official Screen Rant review will be posted next week alongside the film’s release.


Variety:In keeping with its predecessors, “Part 2″ delivers below-the-line work of an immaculate standard. The visual effects are so deftly and artfully handled that the magic seems almost commonplace, and Alexandre Desplat’s fine score incorporates a gratifying blast of John Williams’ familiar themes and, most poignantly, a mournful Nicholas Hooper composition from the sixth pic. D.p. Eduardo Serra’s brooding, beautiful work gains little, however, from the underwhelming stereoscopic conversion; this is the first Potter film to be released entirely in 3D as well as 2D, and on this count, at least, one can be grateful that it will be the last.”


The Telegraph UK: “Perhaps the greatest triumph of this final film is its ability to overcome the deficiencies of J K Rowling’s writing. In the last Harry Potter volume, she failed singularly to muster the epic feel needed; as a result, on the page, the concluding battle at Hogwarts was a damp squib. But Yates here transmutes it into a genuinely terrifying spectacle, as bloodied students fight desperately against a horde of screaming black-robed Death Eaters…This is monumental cinema, awash with gorgeous tones, and carrying an ultimate message that will resonate with every viewer, young or old: there is darkness in all of us, but we can overcome it.”


THR: “It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory — and quite satisfying — conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling‘s final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now. If ever there was a sure thing commercially, this stout farewell is it.”


The Wrap: “If you have no affection for these British teen wizards, of course, this is not the movie that’s going to make you change your mind. But if you’ve been a devoted follower of the Potter saga in print and at the movies, you’ll come away from this final chapter with a feeling of catharsis and, perhaps, a slightly damp handkerchief.”


Daily Mail UK: “Really, the entire series of Potter books and motion pictures has been leading us to this final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. It could easily have been a letdown. But the fight here between good and evil is  more than satisfying. It’s thrilling.”


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer 2 Early Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Reviews Emerge

So there you have it – early word indicates that if Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has one flaw, it’s that at approximately two hours it’s not long enough. Totally the opposite of what you tend to hear these days about movie runtimes (see: Transformers 3). One other thing of note: you may want to skip the 3D ticket price. Doesn’t seem to be worth it.

However, as stated, this is one movie where the critical reaction will likely have a reduced effect (if any) on moviegoer decision making. Still, that all being said, how do you guys feel about these strong early reviews? Will Harry Potter be THE film event of 2011?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be in theaters on July 15, 2011.  Be sure to check back next week for our official Screen Rant review of the film.

Sources: Variety, THR, The Wrap, Daily Mail UK, The Telegraph UK

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  1. Just saw the movie last night at an early release. It was decent but not the epic showcase I was expecting. Maybe I had my expectations too high?

    • Do you think they’ll try to pull off another HP?

  2. @ Alex R – Do you think they’ll try to have another HP?

  3. I doubt it. It was a good movie, nice closure just like the book. There were some things I would’ve liked to see more of but that’s an argument with every movie in the series. I don’t see how it would be possible to make another HP movie unless J.K. Rowling decides to write another book though.

    • Noone here thinks a Voldemort-centered prequel would work? Think SW Ep 1-3 for an obvious example that someone looking to further a multi-billion dollar franchise would try. Me? Yuck. WB? Hmmmm… Rowling? I hope to God not.

      In a joking way, how do we answer how he got the nose? How did he deceive Dumbledore in the flashback of Chamber of Secrets? And on and on of unanswered questions someone out there feels we need answers to.


      • Awesome line of thinking..

      • Great idea.

  4. Saw the Movie last week at a free presentation (military appreciation), it was awsome, I’m not a big fan of Harry Potter, but this one was very good, you wont be dissapointed. Mind you I have never read the books.

    as for the PG13 ratings? even Star Wars is PG13, lots of action. If your not letting your kids watch this movie, then your living in a different kind of world, they can watch more violence in the regular TV now days.

    This weekend I’m watching Cap America (Sunday).

  5. Well ive seen this early (yesterday) and im a book fan and a movie fan for the HP franchise, and for the finale of what should have been the best yet, it kinda failed.

    Many points were very well done, snapes memory, Not my daughter, Nevil. to name a few but there was a few small niggles, a ruined epilogue, and one really big disapointing one.

    As most wont have seen it until at least midnight tonight. so i wont go into too much detail.

    Overall it was Really good, but just felt like they strayed even more so than normal from the basic design and kind of lost some of the meaning/emotion/feelings that u should have felt.

    Even with the annoyances i felt im still watching it again tonight for the midnight screening as overall its very well done and a suiting end to the franchise.

  6. Went to the midnight showing in my area last night. Well worth the long lines and total lack of sleep with my usual rising time this morning. Cannot add any better words of congratulations and praise to the trio, wizard adults, musical score, etc. that professionals have listed. I do raise a skeptical eyebrow at the inane attack on J. K. Rowling’s writing “deficiencies”, however.

    My only personal complaint, aside from the obvious that the movie was not long enough as there was always more, More, MORE most long time fans would have loved to see, I was sorely disappointed that Fred, Lupin and Tonks got such token farewells. While I am not a fan of gore and not asking for that here, it felt unfair to lose these three in such an underwhelming way and not see their final battle, feel their part in the fight, let go of their presence in the world we have all inhabited via page and screen these many years.

  7. I have loved the HP films ever since Prisoner of Azkaban and I know I am going to love this, I love HP more than LoTR. I know I’m gonna love what I see but at the same time I know that my childhood will pass me by at the same time so farewell HP, a well earned legacy has grown around it and I hope it will last longer than that of Star Trek, Star Wars and LoTR :’)

    • Finally someone who nailed my problems with this movie. Sure parts of it were great, but a lot felt like a gratuitous hollywood movie. What was the point of killing all those goblins at Gringotts and Neville’s overly long speech where he fails to kill the snake only to lead to Harry & Voldemorte’s fall into the abyss (Gandalf and the Ballrog anyone?). I’m not necessarily against changes, but after viewing, at the end of the movie there was only a smattering of applause and not a wet eye in the house.

  8. part 2 was a big let down all the other movies of harry potter was way better y they didn’t do better i don’t know hell they made tons of money from the movies they coulda made that a heel of lots better

    • I agree with Kate. This was NOT the final movie I was so looking forward to. I knew they’d butcher it. I just never imagined it would be quite this badly. Here is my very extensive review. I can live with important scenes being cut completely out, like the one where Harry defends McGonagall’s honor, even though I was so looking forward to seeing it.

      I can also live with the important scenes involving what the movies consider only minor characters not being included, such as the entire fight between Remus and Harry. What I can’t live with is the entire rewriting of the events of the war. I nearly walked out of the theatre and demanded my money back when Harry confronted Snape in the Great Hall. Only my desire to see if Alan Rickman saved the death scene enough warranted my staying at that point.

      The boat house was utterly ridiculous and completely pointless and I’ve no idea why the director thought it would be preferable to using the shrieking shack. The death scene was different but not completely awful, but only because it was Alan playing it. I had to wonder how Harry and the gang were somehow undetectable to Voldemort even though there was no cloak in use… shades of Dumbledore’s death scene haunting me.

      I felt that Alan, though still above most others, did not give his best in that scene. His Snape did not feel as natural in this movie as it did previously and one can only wonder why. Snape never said, “Let me bring you the boy.” or looked anxious about not having delivered Dumbledore’s message. Harry’s reaction to seeing Snape dying is not realistic, as in the book he despised Snape at the time and was looking down at a man he wished he had been able to kill himself. He would never have attempted to stem the blood flowing from Snape’s neck as the movie depicted. I mean, do these people actually read the books or what?

      This director obviously cared only for special effects and not for the dramatic dialogue that made the final scenes so epic in the books. He managed to somehow make every single epic scene anti-climactic. I have no idea what these critics are saying about him saving the story from JK’s inept hands. They must also not have actually read the books.

      But there are also key special effects missing that should have been there, like the silvery threads leaking from Snape’s eyes and ears. Instead Harry merely catches a couple tears? How incredibly lame. Snape also died with his eyes closed, unlike the unfocussed stare effect mentioned in the book. I expected more from Alan. There was a line added after “Look at me”. I didn’t think it necessary but it was ok as an add.

      The memory scenes of Snape were the best in the film, though all seemed too short and rushed, like the director just felt he had to include them but didn’t really want to waste the time, moron that he is. The kid who played young Snape must’ve been someone’s relative since he was so obviously NOT the right person to play the part. He looked more like a young Tom Riddle then Snape to me. His hair and clothing did not say “Snape” to me in any way. There was no swing set shown and no “You’re a witch” line seen from when Snape first met Lily. They omitted any tension between Petunia and Severus or Lily and Severus, with no “Mudblood” or apology scene at all, and no scene where Lily complains about Snape’s choice of friends or his attraction to the Dark Arts. The doe patronus/ “Always” scene was ok though a key line was missing when Snape didn’t say “Him?” after Dumbledore asked if he’d come to care for the boy, before Snape cast his patronus, indicating it was Lily, never Harry, that Snape cared for. All incredibly thoughtless omissions in my opinion. They never showed Snape crying over the picture in Grimmald Place, though they added one of him finding Lily dead, which did not happen in the book.

      We never see Fred make his final joke before dying, only see him lying dead in the Great Hall, and it made me feel very cheated, as well as sad for the actor to not get to have a death scene, just play a corpse. We don’t get to see many key characters dueling, just laying dead later, like Remus and Tonks. Shacklebolt was there but never seen actually doing anything. Flitwick was good but we only see him cast protective charms and running, never kicking butt like we know he can. Disappointing. Warwick was great as Griphook though.

      Neville totally rocked in spite of the completely asinine way they rewrote his “pulling sword from sorting hat” scene. Voldemort never tried to curse everyone and realize they were able to resist it. He also never said everyone would be sorted into Slytherin from now on or speak of his pure blood versus Muggle philosophy. Neville never broke from a body bind while he was in danger under the burning hat to pull the sword and slay the snake in one mighty blow. Instead the snake ran around attacking everyone until Neville got to it with the sword. All much less effective then the way JK wrote it. They way Neville walked forward toward Voldemort and then got giggled at it almost seemed as if he did want to give up and join the Dark Lord but decided not to only because they made fun of him, not at all what JK intended in her writing of the scene.

      Harry’s final battle with Voldemort was utterly disappointing in every conceivable way. First, there were no witnesses? Where did everyone go? It was bad enough they made it all happen outside instead of in the Great Hall but come on! They barely spoke to each other so it was almost an afterthought how Harry mentioned the elder wand was not really Voldemort’s to command, but Harry’s. And he never said anything about Snape not being Voldemort’s man, a key fact in JK’s final scene that Voldemort and everyone else heard Harry explain. The director obviously thought everyone would just stand up and applaud because of his nifty black smoke flying episode. He was very wrong. It made no sense for Harry and Voldemort to jump off the stupid wall and then go flying around leaving a vapor trail. Unbelievably disappointing.

      Hagrid did not seem in character, never crying as he carried Harry’s body. His giant brother was completely omitted from the story, as were the centaurs who were supposed to come to the wizards’ aid at the end. We never saw Sprout and Flitwick charming objects and plants to be Death Eater plants, another chance for some awesome special effects that they completely threw away.

      The scenes I did like were: the fiendfyre in the room of requirement… very nice special effects even though the diadem was supposed to be on a shelf upon a bust/ statue instead of packaged so nicely in a box, Molly dueling Bellatrix even though the latter died in that silly statue exploding manner, and the resurrection stone scene with Harry’s parents, Remus, and Sirius… even though in the book Harry was able to touch them. And in that scene Harry mentioned Remus’ son, which is very odd considering that the baby had not previously been mentioned in any movie.

      The scene after Harry’s death with Dumbledore was a bit different but still good overall. I was surprised Harry was not naked, even just implied for a moment, especially since we all know Daniel Radcliffe certainly has no issues with it. I would’ve liked to see the mist take shape into objects as depicted in the books, yet another special effects opportunity missed. It was neat how neither Harry nor Dumbledore had glasses there, and the shades of gray clothing was a nice effect. The flayed baby was appropriately hideous. I just wish they hadn’t cut short the dialogue with Dumbledore, as I felt Harry’s journey to accept him as imperfect yet still love and respect him anyway was a key lesson of the books. They touched on the “Ariana” event with Aberforth but then do not go into it with Albus, which was not in character for Harry as depicted in the books. I also missed the whole Hogsmeade Stag and Goat patronus confusion scene from the book. The actor for Aberforth was very believable as Dumbledore’s brother, due to the similarity between the two actors and their makeup. Very nice job.

      The scene with McGonagall and the statues coming to life was very well done, both the acting on Maggie’s part and the special effects. The scene with Ron and Hermione in the chamber of secrets was very well acted even though it made no sense for the water splash after the horcrux died, which was not in the book. Emma Watson, especially, was very on her game in the small amount she appeared in this movie. She must’ve picked up some tips from Alan Rickman about how to own a scene with very little dialogue and simple facial reactions. Very satisfying with her reactions to Ron’s unexpected “brilliance” and chivalry.

      Although I hated nearly everything else about the scene, I did enjoy seeing the effects when Snape and McGonagall dueled, even though it was the wrong setting, wrong time, and no other teachers came to aid her against him. Snape also did not run from her/them and crash through a window so they could all see him fly without the aid of a broom. Again, the director was in love with the smoke effect. I would’ve liked to see more hatred on McGonagall’s face during it though, as she believed he had killed her beloved Dumbledore and was finally letting it out against him. I expected a bit more fear or trepidation on his face as well, since she (“they” in book) were trying to kill him. The Carrows just stood there and were ignored in the movie, which of course made no sense other than the fact that they were supposed to be unconscious already due to events in the book. Very shoddy attempt to make sense of a total rewrite.

      I also want to comment on a couple of added lines in this movie. First, McGonagall saying “I’ve always wanted to try that spell.” While it is very cute and Maggie was adorable saying it, it was totally out of character for McGonagall to ever say such a thing. She would never have wished to try that spell knowing it would be for such a dire reason. There were so many good and valid lines the director cut it amazes me that they’d add some that don’t even fit the story. The second line is Neville saying he was hot for Luna and wanted to tell her so before he died. It was never in the books that Neville and Luna were anything but friends and JK has made it clear to fans what is in store for both those characters in terms of future romance. I just don’t feel it was appropriate for them to delve into non canon possibilities like they did, though I am sure all Neville/Luna fanfiction shippers are ecstatic over it.

      The epilogue scene was not as good as I expected. Some characters looked believable but some were not as “aged up” as I feel they should’ve been, and what were they thinking when they cast their children? None of them looked young enough to the be the eleven year old students they were supposed to be so that was very confusing. Most of the dialogue was omitted, which was a shame. Only the conversation between Harry and young Albus was included, and it was a good one, but we never hear the other kids’ names or see their personalities as we got to in the books. We do get a glimpse of Draco and family even though there is no mention of Scorpius and Harry and Draco do not nod to each other, which was a let down. I thought it should’ve ended with everyone looking at Harry and then Ron saying they are looking at him since he’s very famous, as he did in the book. It would’ve added that JK touch of humor to the end that had the proper Harry Potter feel.

      To conclude my review, if someone had seen the movies, but not read the books they would probably be very confused and lost by this final film in my opinion. There are just too many dots I don’t feel were well connected or explained.

  9. Forgot to add… Helena Bonham Carter was absolutely stunning as Hermione polymorphed into Bellatrix. Incredibly realistic portrayal that stole every scene she was in. It was astonishing to see her change her mannerisms so convincingly like that. She is an amazing actress. Ron looked very cool in that scene also.

  10. Ooops, one more thing…. Lavender Brown did not die in the book, as she did in the movie. Trelawney saved her, which did not happen in the film since it seems they omitted Trelawney’s involvement in the war completely. I wonder if Emma Thompson just didn’t want to do it or something. Sad, I wanted to see Trelawney finally be taken seriously.

  11. I almost forgot about the Elder Wand ending. I cannot believe they changed that so much. Harry was supposed to use it to repair his old wand and talk about how the magic of the elder wand would die with him if he lived and died peacefully as he intended. Of course, since he became an Auror that might not be as easy as planned, but that’s beside the point. My big issue here is that no wizard wand should be breakable by such a Muggle method as snapping it in half like that. Earlier in the movie when Voldemort had it they had an odd scene where the Elder Wand cracked down its length. I don’t remember anything like that from the book and have no idea what they were trying to say there.

    • When the wand was cracking it was showing that the wand was not ment to be in his hands. Early the guys who make sthe wands said wands have feelings and therefore choose there owners. He wasnt the wands owner so therefore the wand doesnt work to its full potenial.

      • Actually, I think it’s because the protective charms over Hogwarts were cast by 3 people instead of one…maybe they are trying to show us that when people unite together, they are way stronger. Also when a wand doesn’t work to its full potential, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will destroy itself. So the message there I think is that powerful evil could be overcome once people band together to oppose it.

    • Yea they changed that bit, sadly :( They also ommited Harry repairing his old wand…Well wand-snapping was used in Ministry of Magic earlier, wasn’t it? I guess when wands break, they lose their power entirely. About the Elder Wand cracking…it seems that they also changed the ending so that each time they destroy a horcrux, Voldemort seems to FEEL it and WEAKEN because of it. That was not mentioned in the book :P

  12. i am a fan of harry potter i absoulutely love him xxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. In my opinion this movie is overall gorgeously done, with all the action and drama. The missing spots didn’t really stand out that much (maybe its because I already read all the books) and the spot-light seemed to have shifted to the story of Severus Snape (Alan did a fantastic job portraying him). Yes there were some stupid moments to the movie like the Harry-Voldemort fly-fight scene, but most parts were well-done…this is a very fitting end to the series :)