The wizarding world has arrived at its epic boss battle – and there will be kisses, deaths, surprises and mysteries. Don’t bother if you haven’t read the books, or if you haven’t seen Part 1. Here’s a summary of…
What they did right: Cutting down Ginny’s role was the best damn thing to happen to the franchise since Emma Watson got hot. Ginny is dull as dirt and her and Harry have as much sexual chemistry as two barramundi. Neville finally gets his (as well as the screen time he deserves), and Ron and Hermione share the kiss that makes Potter fans squeal the world over. The Snape storyline is handled surprisingly well, and who can’t enjoy McGonagall and Molly kicking butt.
What they did wrong: The 3D is pointless – all it does is make an already murky film look even darker. James Potter comes off as an insignificant wang; the epilogue scene is, as expected, completely laughable; and plot points are randomly changed for no good reason, or left dangling.
Overall, David Yates seems to be ticking boxes, without trying to achieve any true emotional depth or excitement. After a decade, the Harry Potter franchise is over – and it wasn’t a fizzle and yet it wasn’t a bang. I enjoyed and appreciated the final film, though it wasn’t as epic as I had always hoped.