H.P. and chums finally battle the dark forces led by R. Fiennes as Voldemort with Helena Bonham Carter and co. They attack Hogwarts and there is a final battle in which H.P. seems to die but meets Michael Gambon and he survives though Voldemort thinks he has killed Potter. Snape is killed and among the secrets about H.P. is that Snape loved Potters’ mother. H.P. and co defeat the forces of evil. At the end the adult Harry, Hermione, and Ron send their kids to Hogwarts.
For me this film repeats the limitations of the other films which I’m told, are not as good as the books. This public school farrago with painted hats once again has actors pointing sticks at each other but this time they bring in some Lord of the Rings type trolls. Voldemort looks like a latex Quasimodo. Potter and his cronies look like lottery winners in a special effects bonanza. I’m bemused as to why this Tom Brown’s Schooldays with Dr Who, has caught on globally. The franchise has simply grown by a sort of populist osmosis. Like a house pet it’s been around for years and acquired a cosy familiarity.
It’s all safe and unchallenging, too comfortable with its middle class preening. There’s nothing disconcerting or innovative. It’s too rooted in the early 21st century to be able to say anything universal about childhood or our fantasies. Still, crticizing it makes you feel like the Christmas party pooper, the guy who mugged Santa Claus.
Rowling has become Britain’s Disney and she may do impressive things yet, but these films lack the magic that many of her readers find in her books. Can’t say I’m sorry to see the end of these films. This is the last, isn’t it?.