The kids have grown up, and the sequels are getting grislier. I guess, death is as real as life when one grows up. There are quite a few casualties killed not by bullets, but with magic light shows.
By now and before this episode, we know Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is somehow connected with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), if not physically, at least telepathically. Professor Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) was killed at the last Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), and the Ministry of Magic is trying to contain the situation. Since it has always been a big puzzle to solve, this two films do not deviate. There are clues left behind by Dumbledore to Harry, Hermione Granger(Emma Watson), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint)to solve and the goal is to vanquish Lord Voldemort.
The dark lord has his bounty hunters look out to have Harry Potter kill, of course. So Harry has become a fugitive of sort, running away from troubles and avoiding transferring those troubles to others. The three of them are on a journey to cut off Lord Voldemort’s power so to speak.
Well, if you still haven’t seen them, I am certainly not going to spoil them for you, cause they are still quite entertaining, way more sombre and less laughs. Even Harry looks weary all the time, I know he is doomed, but … he can perhaps lighten up a bit. You know what, IMO I find them a bit too dark …almost has a Lords of the Ring ( 2001 – 2003) feel to them. Anyway, towards the end Hogwarts is under attacks from all sides, and that is when the battle begins. As usual, things are destroyed, wizards and witches wounded, or dead. Such violence!
It’s cute to see the three friends 16 years after at the same train station, nice wrap up. In fact, lots of flashback stories to tie everything together. I mean, the director (David Yates) has to, since the franchise had a run for almost a decade, cause who really can remember all the details in the previous episodes!