I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is quite relentlessly bleak. While Part 1 was dark, at least it had a few light-hearted moments. In this, the final chapter, there’s an overwhelming feeling of despair, and few laughs in between. It’s a white-knuckle ride (with some occasional peeping through the cracks of your fingers) that sees the return of some favourite characters, a few surprises – and a few sad goodbyes. At times it feels almost Shakespearean.
But of course this is what it’s all been building up to – the answers to all those questions that have bothered Harry and us, and the ultimate battle with his nemesis, Lord Voldemort.
The end of a much-loved saga is always going to provoke mixed emotions. In our house, Harry Potter – the books, films, and games have been a consistent fixture since their inception. They were the first series of books No 1 Son read, and they led him on to Tolkien and other literary wonders. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a fitting tribute to the boy wizard – and if you and your kids are fans, a Christmas must-buy.
(I bet Ralph Fiennes was glad to get out of that nose)
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow.