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OTRC: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2': A review

A scene from the 2011 film, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,' starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. (Warner Bros.)

In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," our hero Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) continue their quest to rid the world - Muggle and Magical - from the evil wizard Voldemort.

Not so easy when you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Luckily, help can come from the most unlikely of people - especially the kind who looked like Jack White when it was a teenager. Alan Rickman has never given a finer performance - outside of "Die Hard" - and audiences will appreciate the sudden development of his character.

The battle between good and evil - even the kind with a healthy dose of Biblical symbolism - is not entirely humorless. Even Minerva McGonagall (Maggie Smith) becomes practically giddy at an otherwise solemn moment reminiscent of Disney's "Bedknobs and Broomsticks."

The visuals in this film are stunning. Truly beautiful. The camera captures every angle imaginable. No stone is left unturned. Or unexploded. Note, I saw the 2D version of the film. The 3D version may be even more impressive.

The final "Harry Potter" movie is the best out of the eight because it incorporates the best attributes of the past films - the emotion, the charm and the thrills - as well as a dose of welcome nostalgia. The franchise did indeed get the epic film ending it deserved.

Rating: **** stars (out of five).

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," comes out in the United States on July 15, 2011. Watch the trailer below.

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