Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Spectacularly epic, poignant end to a magical series.

PG-13 2011 130 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 84 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 457 reviews

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age 18+

Finally figured out why so many parents hate Harry Potter material

None of the elements in this movie are appropriate for children, or for most adults, for that matter: - obsession with death - communication with the dead - imbuing objects with the soul of a person I'm rating it 18 and up because children should have a little more experience and maturity before being exposed to something dealing with this kind of "magic." I had forgotten how bad the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was; it had been several years since I saw it and I forgot that its content had made me decide never to watch another Harry Potter movie. Realized years later I had never finished this series, and gave this one a try. Big mistake. It is a slow-moving, dark, joyless, grim, sad movie. We made it through perhaps the first half-hour, watching scared, tense teens interrogate goblins and others, trying to find the missing "pieces" of the bad guy's soul (his literal soul!) that he has "hidden" in various objects all around the country. The spaced-out Luna pops up and tells Harry that since no living soul knows where the objects are hidden, then this means he'll need to talk to the dead. I basically jumped at the remote to get this piece of trash turned off. We do not welcome black magic or the occult in our household.

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Too much violence
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age 12+
I absolutely love this movie! I was worried about the violence but it wasn’t bad as long as you know what’s coming! Actually my parents and brother didn’t know and they were fine! The most bloody and scary part is where lavender (spoiler!) is killer by fenrir greyback. He is violent werewolf, so you can imagine how that might be scary. I have heard people say that this movie is way too dark and depressing but I don’t get it! Yes, it’s dark. But it is also focused on bravery and friends fighting more fiercely for each other than ever before. For the potterheads who know what is coming, here are parts that are xtra emotional so prepare yourself: When Snape dies and his backstory are very sad but don’t skip, definitely don’t skip. It is important and not the kind of sad where it makes no sense that he dies. He died bravely, in the words of scorpius, and his backstory is important. Also, the deaths of lupin, tonks, and Fred. You probably already knew that if you have read the books, but just in case you forgot and so it doesn’t take you by surprise. There is also some cursing including the b word, but the level of swearing is probably about the same as the book. This movie is amazing, not to scary, and it will make you love Harry and his friends even more. An amazing end to the Potter movies, and you definetly must see it when you are ready.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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