Throw a rock into a BAFTA building, and chances are, you’ll hit someone who has, in one way or another appeared in one of Harry Potter films. Eight films, ten years, billions of dollars, devout fans, and a stardom to Emma Watson and the other two guys who given my preference shall remain (mostly) nameless because you’ll already know who am I writing about anyway. Granted, we here, Indonesians are a bit left behind on the Harry Potter closing bang that has taken the world few weeks ago but better late than never, right? Besides, if the local news could be trusted, it does seems that this particular Harry Potter film who has singlehandedly open up a (temporary? alternative? shady?) solution to the draught of imported films which has been plagued the local cinema industry for the last seven months.
Anyway, everything falls down into this film. Quite understandably, perhaps more of a psychological reason than anything (for this film s a closing chapter or something like that), this film would be heralded as the best of the series. Hands down. And as much as I hate to admit it since I’m generally reluctant to voiced my agreement with the masses, I had to. But with caveats. I had thought that it will blow its predecessors to oblivion leaving no competition and absolutely no chance for the other films to stand on their own. I was wrong. It’s an appropriate ending, yes, but I’ll get back to you on that “the best” part after I’ve seen all the films again in a couple of years or so.
Picked off from where the part I ends, this film continues the adventure of Harry, and his faithful companions in looking for the remaining Horcruxes. Their quest bought death, destruction, and everything in between, and finally descended upon the designated final battleground. Hogwarts. Where it all had started and so where it has to end.
As far as I’m concern, the film was fairly faithful to the book it’s adapted from although of course, many were given a proper cinematic experiences. Some of the scenes were impressive, but honestly, and I say this truthfully, nothing that could bring me to the edge of my seat as Helm’s Deep was. For those who had read the book, both “The Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” series, and have seen how these battles were treated cinematically, would understands me. The cinematic treatment for this film is great, colorful, but I hardly felt anything even remotely associated with passion or excitement. My wife had put it succinctly when it’s over. “That’s it?” However, don’t trust me (and don’t kill the messenger) on this. People seems to love it.
So again, many of you had waited for a very long time for the film to get to this point, and the book itself was so immensely popular it’s impossible to not know anything about it. So whatever I say, won’t matter. I, myself, had all the books, and had read them all at least once, and for me, personally, the book has a flaw that annoys me (it has something to do with the duel in the forbidden forest), which I’m quite sure many would and could argue against it. This flaw however, had escaped from the paper, wound itself into the silver screen and it still annoys me.
TL;DR. I love the way the film closes this series. It’s appropriate. And that’s It. I had expected something wow, something that could blew me off of my seat. I’m not finding any. But you wouldn’t care.
As a final note, Helena Bonham Carter marks a high point for me in this film. Her, pretending to be Emma Watson acting as a Hermione Granger pretending to be Bellatrix Lestrange. It was a delight scene to watch. And of course, who could ever argue with Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman? I’m not. And I won’t. From here on, it’ll be interesting to see how the three main actors would continue their journey post-Hogwarts. Thus far, I’ve only had my eyes on Rupert Grint.