Film fans of all ages have been following the magical life of Harry Potter for 10 years now (yes, it really has been that long since the first one), with Warner Bros. bringing to life a series of monumentally successful books and producing what is now the most financially successful film franchise in history.
It’s been a long, tumultuous journey for Harry, Ron and Hermione but this is it, it all ends here, with the concluding part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Does it disappoint? Thankfully not as Part 2 delivers a fittingly epic conclusion to this story but also some great emotional moments which pay off some plot threads which have run throughout the series.
By now if you’re a fan of the series you pretty much know what this last one is about, but as a quick refresher: Harry, Ron, Hermione and everyone else on the "good" side finally have to battle against the evil Lord Voldermort (this business of not saying his name no longer applies since he’s going to kill people either way, as one character funnily points out) and finally defeat him once and for all by destroying the different parts of his soul he's hidden in various objects known as "Horcruxes."
If (like me) you were underwhelmed by the slow Part 1 (explain to me again they spent an hour of that film in the woods in a tent?) then Part 2 will most definitely not disappoint. Despite a relatively slow-paced opening, which eases us into things in a very welcome way, once it gets going Part 2 is all you could hope for and more from the franchise ending, with a grandiose showdown which uses, in one form or another, a lot of those much loved characters from films past. For the more astute adult viewers you will spend at least some of the time picking out the legion of (some returning, some new) British thespians including David Thewlis, John Hurt, Warwick Davis and an unrecognisable Ciaran Hinds (see if you can spot him).