In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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If last year’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” marked the beginning of the end with a gripping feeling of doom and gloom, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” wraps things up once and for all on a note of melancholy.

Oh, it’s dramatic, to be sure: gorgeous, somber and startling as the young wizard faces his destiny and fights the evil Lord Voldemort. But the end of this staggeringly successful movie franchise, an epic fantasy saga spanning eight films over the past decade, provides a necessary emotional catharsis for Harry and for us. Even those who aren’t ardent Potterphiles — who aren’t waiting in a line around the theater with their homemade wands and hand-drawn lightning scars — might find themselves getting unexpectedly choked up a couple of times.

That’s always been the real magic of the series, based on J.K. Rowling’s novels: that mixture of the exotic and the everyday, the otherworldly and the utterly relatable. No longer the innocent children they were when they entered Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione are growing up and moving on, and so must we. That the future of the wizard world hangs in the balance in this final installment is only part of the tale.

Still, director David Yates has accomplished the difficult task of bringing it all to a close in satisfying fashion. Having directed the last four of the eight films, Yates has provided a momentum and cohesion to the “Harry Potter” canon, which has gotten progressively darker and more mature. And Steve Kloves, who’s written all but one of the screenplays in the series, has once again risen to the challenge of trying to please purists and casual viewers alike in adapting Rowling’s revered writing.

It’s hard to imagine how complicated this must have been, given the density of the mythology, even though the final book was divided into two films. (Although the epilogue, which features some of the main characters decked out in grown-up makeup, does seem a bit cheesy and hasty and it might inspire a few giggles.)

At the same time, because it took two films to depict the action in the last installment, this second half doesn’t feel overstuffed or overlong. It moves with great urgency toward the final showdown between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, deeply disturbing as usual); danger infuses every moment, and it never overstays its welcome.

Much of that has to do with the look of the film, both in its attention to inventive detail and to the sweeping, elaborate set pieces. The cinematography from Eduardo Serra, who also shot “Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” is once again richly ominous and beautifully bleak. Here, Hogwarts isn’t a warm, bustling place full of possibilities but rather a fearsome fortress swarming with Death Eaters, where Professor Severus Snape (the deliciously icy Alan Rickman) rules as if leading his own fascist regime.

Yes, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is in 3-D — it’s the only installment in the series to be presented that way — and as usual, that was unnecessary. The technical elements all looked flawless and immersive in the previous film. (Warner Bros. wisely chose not to rush the conversion from 2-D on “Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” and instead took more time for the process here.) But the addition of a third dimension does allow some details to pop, and it’s never a distraction.

Although the “Potter” films have always been about the escape of the spectacle, the kids and their struggle to navigate both good and evil provides some much-needed rooting in reality. Radcliffe has never been better, and brief flashbacks to the earliest images of him in the role only serve as a reminder of how far he’s come. The character has long since been cemented into his identity, but more is required of him physically and emotionally than ever before, and he’s more than up for it all.

“Deathly Hallows: Part 2” drops us into a menacing version of this world we’ve come to know, immediately and without explanation; it’s a bit disorienting at first, even if you’ve seen all that’s come before it. Then again, if you’re bothering to check out the finale, in theory you should know what’s going on.

Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are still hunting Horcruxes — scattered containers that hold pieces of Voldemort’s soul, which are crucial to Harry’s survival — in order to destroy them. One of them is being stored in Bellatrix Lestrange’s bank vault, which allows Helena Bonham Carter to have a bit of fun with her wicked character. Hogwarts is no longer a place of refuge as Voldemort draws ever closer; his attack on the stately school is thrilling, but it also provides moments of heroism for some characters you might not expect.

Still, this is the place where all the narrative and emotional threads must converge and tie up at last. While “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ offers long-promised answers, it also dares to pose some eternal questions, and it’ll stay with you after the final chapter has closed.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for some sequence of intense action violence and frightening images. Running time: 130 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.

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Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:

G — General audiences. All ages admitted.

PG — Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG-13 — Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

R — Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

NC-17 — No one under 17 admitted.

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  • Swolfe
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    Swolfe5 hours agoReport Abuse

    Awesome so glad to hear it does what it is supposed to do.  As long as Bellatrix gets it from Mrs. Weasley and they do the epilogue I will be fine:)  I will be crying I know I have read each book aout 5 times now…and we have the moviemarathon going this week…

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  • Eevie
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    Eevie7 hours agoReport Abuse

    Loved the books, loved the movies. Can’t wait to see the final but will be sad when it’s all over.

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  • Patricia
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    Patricia6 hours agoReport Abuse

    For those who don’t like Harry Potter – consider this.  What book or series of books have brought kids ( and adults) back to reading – really reading, not 140 character tweets?  My grandson ( now almost 21) started reading them, and he is a complete gamer. I started reading them to discuss the… More

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  • MICHELLE R
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    MICHELLE R5 hours agoReport Abuse

    I am so sad to see the end of an absolutely amazing series.  My grandson and I have seen every single movie on opening night.  He has grown up with Harry Potter and I have grown old with him. I know it has to end but I don’t have to like it.  It was a great 10 years!

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    7 hours agoReport Abuse

    HARRY POTTER`s amazing!!!! Can`t wait for the last one..:)

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  • MichelleS
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    MichelleS6 hours agoReport Abuse

    My son has grown up with Harry and we have seen all the movies together.  As Harry aged, my son was the same age in the books.  My son (now 20) and I will be at the theater on Thursday at midnight to see the final movie. I’m a little sad to see it end.

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  • sickofitall
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    sickofitall3 hours agoReport Abuse

    Alan Rickman is wonderful…..no actor on the planet can snarl, drip scarcasm, and generally display contempt, disgust and sometimes, pure evil, than can he…he is the quintessential Snape…Richard Harris was the best Dumbledore and Maggie Smith was just the best…the casting in these films was… More

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  • kokopelli
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    kokopelli6 hours agoReport Abuse

    I’m in my 50s and loved the Harry Potter books.  There’s so much depth to them – much more than can come across in the movies.  There’s the good vs evil theme throughout the series, but there’s also the topics of  racism (wizards vs muggles, looking down on mudbloods, Hermione fighting for the… More

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  • jnausicaa
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    jnausicaa5 hours agoReport Abuse

    I can’t wait for Molly to take down Bellatrix.  I would gladly pay just to see that.  But 3-D?  Those glasses give me headaches.

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  • Megan T
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    Megan T5 hours agoReport Abuse

    i can’t wait for this last installment!!!! i’m gonna be sad when it’s all over since i grew up with the series (i’m 20 now) but at least i’ll still be able to reread the books and watch the movies as many times as i want. i hope future generations will see what an amazing achievement this series is… More

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  • Steven
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    Steven6 hours agoReport Abuse

    I guess I should start watching Harry Potter, see what all the fuss is about…

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  • CMB
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    CMB6 hours agoReport Abuse

    such a thing of beauty 🙂 i cannot wait until fridayy !

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    6 hours agoReport Abuse

    I am really excited to see the final film but I am also dreading it.  It was the last book after all and I found it to be the hardest to to read so I know it will be the hardest to watch.

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    5 hours agoReport Abuse

    i love harry potter i will miss it

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  • Jean Blum
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    Jean Blum5 hours agoReport Abuse

    My children and I have been hooked on Harry Potter since the very first book.  I can’t imagine this being the end.  Kudos to all involved in bringing these books to life!! Wonderful job!!

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  • Alex Alvarenga
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    Alex Alvarenga3 hours agoReport Abuse

    Saw the first with my then young son and then wife now looking forward to seeing the last one with my now grown son

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  • Sac2OK57
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    Sac2OK575 hours agoReport Abuse

    Like any good adventure and incredibly special friends, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny and the gang will never truly gone.  They will live on in our imagination, continuing the fight against the forces of darkness, training their children and the next generation to do the same.  So, as this is not… More

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  • Gary G
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    Gary G6 hours agoReport Abuse

    Well done movies and books.
    For those who enjoy reading and watching the Potter saga it’s been a long journey.

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  • Jessie
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    Jessie3 hours agoReport Abuse

    I’ve seen every movie and read every book. I’ve grown up with the series. The only series I would not give up on. I’m not even old enough to remember when the first movie came out and, yet, I know every book by heart. This last installment promisies to be everything and more. It’ll be so sad when… More

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  • Nupur
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    Nupur4 hours agoReport Abuse

    Haven’t seen the movie yet, but this is such a well-written review!

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