We join the characters of Harry Potter directly from where the last film ended. The plot continues from Part 1 as both films are based on one book. Now the characters have matured and are in hiding, the storyline no longer revolves around the school year.
The characters are flung straight into action as the first film gave them the time to research and figure out the cryptic instructions left by their deceased mentor and former head teacher Dumbledore. But by the second film their enemies have had time to regroup and get a superior weapon to use against them.
The trio of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) become more reckless in their haste and take extreme measures. Unsurprisingly things don’t go quite to plan and they end up neck deep in trouble once again.
Audiences who hadn’t read the books found Part 1 dragged through the characters meandering struggle but Part 2 is straight into the action and lots of it. There are revelations and things become clear quite quickly as the mysteries of Part 1 are revealed in quick succession.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has a lot of special effects but the climax of the film seemed disappointing. Although over time, it will hopefully reveal itself as a triumphant flourish to end the series.
Fans of both the book and the films will find this an emotional experience as the war against Voldemort sees many tragedies. If you haven’t seen any of the films or read the books you should at least watch both parts together but the films get more exciting and mature from the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(2004) onwards.