The Birmingham Mail:
The Daily Mail:
Total Film: This one has some major spoilers. Some of the parts I liked best were this quote: “But the gloom is permeated by a handful of very heartfelt, very human standouts, be it Ron and Hermione’s first kiss in the Chamber of Secrets or Harry’s fateful forest walk surrounded by his dearest departed.” And this one: “Fusing spectacle and emotion into a thrilling final chapter, director David Yates ensures that the series goes out with a bang. Finales don’t come much grander than this.”
Here’s my favorite part of Variety’s review:
“As preparations are made for an epic clash between good and evil, Yates achieves a thrilling sense of convergence, of innumerable dramatic, thematic, romantic, emotional and musical threads from the past seven films being woven together at last: Old and new friends are well met, comeuppances are dealt out, and little-seen veterans are granted a valedictory moment in the spotlight. Former pipsqueak Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) emerges as one of Hogwarts’ truest heroes, and for the first time in ages, Professors McGonagall (Maggie Smith), Flitwick (Warwick Davis) and Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) are allowed to perform substantial feats of magic.”
“Best of all, the shifty Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) reveals his true colors at last, in a stirring, revelatory montage that calls forth more emoting from this supremely supercilious figure in five minutes than he’s shown in seven films. And the film does full justice to the most profoundly moving passage in Rowling’s novels, as Harry comes to grips with the inevitability of death, the enduring consolations of friendship and valor, and the mystery of what lies in the world beyond.”
Digital Spy: There is praise for Alan Rickman and Daniel Radcliffe in this one.
“Through flashback montage, Yates illustrates the life of Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and flips his supposed betrayal of Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) in The Half-Blood Prince on its head. It’s a key sequence in the film and, perhaps, its best. Snape’s relationship with Harry’s parents James and Lily Potter goes under the microscope, providing an avenue for Rickman to add layers of depth to his character. Rickman is outstanding here, but the real star is Radcliffe, carrying the movie on his shoulders as the narrative barrels towards its conclusion. Harry’s final showdown with Voldemort has him giving his best performance of the series – long forgotten is the awkwardness apparent in Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.”
I liked Snitch Seeker’s review. 🙂
“Any Hollywood blockbuster can destroy half the world but only a Harry Potter blockbuster can also bring tears to your eyes and a lump to your throat.
Highlights? Too many to mention but among the best are Neville’s switch from weed to warrior, Maggie Smith’s McGonagall gleefully conjuring up a stone army, the soggy kiss that seals the romance between Ron and Hermione (hurrah! ), the fierce catfight between Ron’s mum Julie Walters and bonkers Bellatrix Helena Bonham Carter – and the superb Alan Rickman as Snape, who finally reveals his true colours and all the reasons why his relationship with Harry is so tainted.”
“Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have grown and matured beyond all recognition in the past decade and give their best performances here, when it really counts.”
“This final film in the JK Rowling saga is a triumph for all involved and a great testimony to the skill and expertise alive in the British film industry. Its charming epilogue proves that all’s well that ends well – but we will sorely miss you Harry.”