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Harry Potter and the Last Crusade 

Thursday, Jul 14 2011

Bespectacled Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) squares off against amphibian-faced Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, a magnificent finale for this beloved billion-dollar fantasy franchise. Before that confrontation can take place, though, David Yates' epic must first chart Harry's attempts alongside best friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) to locate a collection of remaining Horcruxes — enchanted objects that house pieces of Voldemort's soul, and whose destruction will make the Dark Lord mortally vulnerable. That quest pits treachery and self-interest against steadfastness and sacrifice, a bedrock conflict embodied by Harry and Voldemort, the Christ and Satan at the center of J.K. Rowling's coming-of-age saga. Yates' latest boasts an almost classical attention to mood and composition, but performance truly trumps spectacle, especially with regard to Alan Rickman, capping off his iconic turn as Professor Severus Snape by slowing his dialogue down to a sinister crawl, and Radcliffe, completing his portrait of Harry's transformation from wide-eyed naïf to selfless adult with intense conviction and heart. In its majestic conclusion, the film recognizes, with a maturity and sincerity that have become the franchise's hallmarks, that love and loyalty are the most vital, powerful and real in times of true darkness. —Nick Schager

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 | Directed by DAVID YATES | Written by Steve Kloves, from the novel by J.K. Rowling | Warner Bros. Pictures | Citywide

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