It’s been 10 years since the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001. Since then, the franchise has gained a huge fan base, and has grossed over $6 billion dollars and counting in revenue. Part 1 of the 2 part finale grossed over $657.24 million by itself worldwide. The second part of this finale opened this past weekend and set records once again with an opening day record of $92.1 million, and a weekend total gross of $169.2 million in the U.S. alone. Its combined world total pasted $2 billion for the weekend. In this conclusion from the first part, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) are still looking for the last two horcruxes, which they will need to destroy if Harry is going to have any chance at defeating Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Still on the run from the death eaters, and Voldemort’s army of evil wizards, Harry and his friends must stay one step ahead of Voldemort’s grasp and also be very careful with who they can trust. Once they have discovered what the last two objects are that they need to destroy, it’ll be a race against time to try and get the objects before Voldemort finds them.

I have been a fan of this franchise since the very beginning. I never read the books, but was immediately a fan of the first movie and the ones to follow. I thought that the first part of this two part finale was one of the best in the series, and I couldn’t wait to see how it all ends. I feel that this has been a fantastic journey over the past 10 years, and the story is one of the greatest magical fantasies of all time. To be able to watch a movie that kept all of the same actors in their roles and actually have them age as they would in the storyline was also a rarity in movies. It was like watching close friends grow up to fulfill their true potentials in life. Just like all of the past Potter movies, Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint did fantastic jobs in their main character roles. The special effects were amazing, and visually stunning. The action was fast paced and the movie didn’t slow down at anytime. This one was a little bit shorter in minutes than its predecessors, but that was probably because it was split into two parts. I also felt that Ralph Fiennes was excellent as the evil Voldemort, who’s only purpose in life is to finally destroy Harry Potter and take over the magical world. This was a great ending to a wonderful story and I have enjoyed the whole series of movies.

I do have to say that I felt the first part of this last movie was a little bit more action packed, but this part was still pretty exciting. Even though this was the final chapter in the saga, I could see them continuing the story if they choose to do so, with new characters. I guess that would depend on J.K. Rowling, if she decides to do so. I gave this film 3 ½ wands out of 4. It’s been a great ride for over ten years and the characters will surely be missed. The movie runs 2 hours and 10mins. It’s rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images. It was written by Steve Kloves from source material by J.K. Rowling. It was directed by David Yates. The film was produced by Heyday Films. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Thanks for the adventure Mrs. Rowling. Ezo
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