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Parents' Guide to

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Spectacularly epic, poignant end to a magical series.

Movie PG-13 2011 130 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 90 parent reviews

age 13+

Role Models? Not a chance.

I took my entire family to all the Potter movies. I'm not sure what some parents consider Role Models, but Hollywood should never be a role model for any child, or adult. They are good movies with an escape, but keep the Role Models to real people who have morals and ethics. Not Hollywood actors, or movie characters.
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

The most disgraceful movie I have ever seen in my 47 years of living. Needs to be banned.

I was personally a very big fan of these books and when my child turned 14 I thought it was time to sit down with her and enjoy watching these movies for the first time. But I was ASTOUNDED. The amount of inappropriate violence in this film was disgusting, let alone the inappropriate level for sexual action was disgusting. When I went to watch this movie series I was expecting a bit of light hearted fun, not this disgusting atrocity! 18+, even as a 47 year old woman I couldn't handle it, I have sent my daughter to therapy and I think soon I might need it myself. SHAME ON YOU.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (90 ):
Kids say (470 ):

Director David Yates has been at the helm of the Harry Potter series since the fifth film, and he sends it off with a spectacular finish. He switches from Part 1's sparse, atmospheric tone to a relentlessly intense war film in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Grint and Watson add some much-needed levity with their sweet romantic overtures, but while they're off fighting Death Eaters hand-in-hand, it's Radcliffe's big moment to propel the action to Harry's final confrontation with Voldemort. Also shining brightly are Lewis' Neville, who, after years of being the class wallflower, proves just how brave a Gryffindor he is, and Kelly Macdonald, who plays a ghost with fiery intensity. Rickman gets his best scenes ever in a series of flashbacks that explore his true nature, and Maggie Smith is surprisingly gleeful as Professor McGonagall in warrior mode.

For once, Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves' adaptation could have been even longer to properly represent crucial moments like Molly Weasley (Julie Walters) taking on Bellatrix Lestrange, or Ron and Hermione finally admitting their feelings through a kiss (neither scene is quite as heart-stopping in the film as on the page). Other sequences, like Harry's momentous walk in the Forbidden Forest, the Weasley family convening in grief, a look through Snape's memories, and even the controversial-to-readers epilogue, are all handled quite beautifully -- poignant moments of the heart to punctuate the nonstop action of the battle. Much of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is either a tearjerker or an epic battle scene -- sparks flying, wizards dueling, creatures crushing each other. It all builds up to a last indelible shot ... one that reminds us while all may be well, it's sad to know that the Harry Potter series has ended.

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