Director: David Yates
Cinematography: Eduardo Serra
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter 7 is a damn near perfect film. Whether you are a devotee to the franchise or not, Deathly Hallows: Part II is a remarkable finale that will entertain until the last line of dialogue is spoken.
Give me a minute, or a few sentences rather, to gush over the cinematography, the look of the film. Here goes. It is lush, crisply filmed, beautifully coloured, fast and chaotic when it needs to be and lingering and deliberate when essential to the narrative - it creates a completely authentic Harry Potter World with creaking castles, wind-rippled highlands, deadly dementors, big-pawed dwarfs and pale, paper-thin-skinned dragons that are cruelly chained and kept underground by evil.
The characters are of grand proportion and so much more than they seem. Even the smaller roles are played to the hilt by some of Britain’s best.
The message is clear. Fight for good, but be merciful towards the bad, because life is often lived in more than black and white terms. (Except for Voldemort, of course. He is evil and needs to go.)
Harry Potter 7 is thus one of those rare creatures – a big commercial film that is wildly entertaining, compellingly clever and yet brimming with heart and, most of all, magic.