Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Review

For the past three hours I have actively avoided writing this review, struggling to stay objective and discuss the film as if it were any other. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 could have been just another children’s fantasy adventure, yet another sequel and an adaptation of a previous work, but subjective sentiment and a decade of fandom aside, this is one hell of a film.
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Potter! Potter! Potter! Potter! Potter! Potter! Potter! Potter!

Are you ready? 10 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone arrived in cinemas, and 14 years since the first book was published, the final film of a record-breaking and cast-retaining franchise is finally on release. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has gradually become more than just another film, it now symbolises a huge achievement in British film-making and a symbolic end to so many people’s childhoods. We grew up with the boy wizard and his last stand is a final hurrah for a childhood friend.

But enough of this sentimentality! We can save all that for next week, now is the time for excitement, just look at that header. We still need to make sure you are fully prepared for the final film, we don’t want anybody saying they didn’t like the film because they couldn’t remember what was going on. Your first port of call is our superb retrospective of the series so far (with charts!) and the two videos we offered up as vital Potter prep, explaining where we left off and exactly what a horcrux is.

For any doubters we have a glowing review from Mark Kermode (whose Radio 5 live show is not on this week due to industrial action).

And to finish one last video to get you up to speed as Daniel Radcliffe and co. explain the plot of The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

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Now we just need to watch the damn thing!

Harry Potter Premiere Live Stream

From 4pm today (right now!) the UK’s biggest ever film premiere is taking place from Trafalgar Square up to Leicester Square. In case we haven’t drilled it in enough by now, the premiere is for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and we’re very excited. Below you can watch the whole event streaming live from the safety of your desk. It certainly beats camping out in London for three nights.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Trailer

We’ve gone Potter mad I admit… BUT LOOK AT THE TRAILER!

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Prepare Yourself for Harry Potter

With just over a month to go until my childhood officially ends I think it is appropriate to begin to get excited about the eighth and final film in the Harry Potter series. Just look at the trailer, it’s enough to make you feel like you’ve been hit with a flipendo spell. (NERD ALERT!)

Clearly in the same mindset the BFI IMAX in London has a very exciting event planned. Harry Potter All-Nighters! Split over two nights, and repeated on a second weekend, the BFI IMAX will be showing all seven current Potter films in the wee hours to get you ready for 15th July. The first four are shown in one block on either 17th or 24th June and the remaining three on 18th or 25th June.

I’d suggest doing the 17th and then the 25th, it takes a brave Potter fan to do two consecutive nights. I also suggest that you take me with you, I make great company. Tickets can be bought here and I’ll keep myself free.

As we’ve got you here we’ve uploaded the eight character banners we couldn’t figure out what to do with last week. Finally! A ridiculously high res poster of Neville Longbottom! Check out all eight below. Continue reading