At this point, there may be absolutely nothing left to say about the Harry Potter franchise that hasn't been said already. But, fuck it, I'll wax on about the final installment anyway. First of all, I was shocked that I could even gain entrance into any movie theater, all of which have suddenly become "hallowed" ground in the tri-state area. However, once this less than small feat was accomplished and I sat through a preview for The Change-Up for what was quite possibly the twentieth time, Deathly Hallows Part 2 resumed from the exact moment where it left off, with Voldemort taking possession of the Elder Wand.
After several lengthy scenes involving dialogue with both a goblin and the resident wand specialist, the quest to stop Voldemort from unbridled power and finally, once and for all, killing Harry gets underway. Hermione (Emma Watson, who already seems to be working on having a career after HP with the upcoming film--also based on a book--The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is once again relied upon heavily for saving the day by disguising herself as Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) so they can enter a vault guarded by a fuck ton of other goblins and destroy one of the horcruxes that will weaken Voldemort's power.
Voldemort, creepy motherfuck that he is, knows everything that Harry does--they are connected inextricably, after all. The reason for this formerly enigmatic association is revealed during one of the many climaxes of the third act, leading the audience to whimper with despair when they learn that Harry must die in order to destroy his nemesis.
Harry, good little ducky that he is, finds himself more than willing to sacrifice himself to the cause in order to prevent any more innocent lives from being taken at his expense. This is one of the seemingly infinite moments in the film that will get you a bit misty-eyed. The number one example probably being when Harry retrieves the resurrection stone and gets a chance to speak with his mother before facing Voldemort.
Although the film has many satisfying moments, there is nothing extra special about it, apart from the fact that it is the final installment. Deathly Hallows Part 1 was actually more exhilarating in terms of the anticipation that was built up throughout the entire film, as well as the animation of the history behind the Deathly Hallows. However, Deathly Hallows Part 2 definitely has one element going for it that Part 1 does not: The always fierce Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall.
And so, while this may be the end of Harry Potter (though I have a feeling J.K. Rowling will churn something out in the years to come), the massive juggernaut will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of its fans (no resurrection stone required). Plus, it holds the distinction of being one of the few franchises that appeals to both genders. Star Wars and [ insert comic book here ] were always held back by their allure to a single demographic.