After a decade of anticipation and eight movie installments, Harry Potterâ€™s eagerly awaited battle with Lord Voldemort finally comes to a close in â€œHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.â€
Starting off right where â€œPart 1â€ left off, Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the quest to find and destroy all of Voldemortâ€™s horcruxes (items in which he has placed pieces of his soul) in order to defeat the evil wizard once and for all.
They are also searching for the deathly hallows â€“â€“ three fabled artifacts that give its users the power to be a master of death.
Finding these items and tying up all of the loose ends of the plot takes up nearly all of the time in the movie, which severely limits the character interaction that has been a staple of the series.
It seems strange that when Harry encounters the Hogwarts friends that heâ€™s built such strong relationships with over the years, they barely say anything to each other.
And at a brisk two hours â€œPart 2â€ is easily the shortest film in the series, it feels like there is something missing from the movie.
Although it feels rushed and has a flat ending, (Potter fans should be prepared to cringe at the dreaded epilogue) â€œPart 2â€ is still a high-quality action adventure film with a nearly epic scale.
The action sequences are a sight to behold, visually stunning and stirring at the same time.
Displaying just how far they have come since 2001â€™s â€œSorcererâ€™s Stoneâ€ Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson show off their acting prowess with their best performances to date.
When I walked out of the theater, I couldnâ€™t help but notice the movie poster and its tagline, â€œIt all endsâ€.
Even though â€œPart 2â€ is the last installment in movie series, â€œHarry Potterâ€ will never truly end.
Potter fans will always carry the story with them, and will have the previous books and movies to go back to. The story will never be over.
As the Harry Potter cinema franchise comes to a close â€“â€“ until J.K. Rowling inevitably releases another Harry Potter project â€“â€“ us muggles can only look on in amazement at the most magical series of our time.
_Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonberlinberg.