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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 91 parent reviews

age 14+
Definitely an older teen/adult film. The quality of the move is very good. There are some great themes about bravery, friendship, and self-sacrifice. Do not recommend for early teens/tweens. This is the most violent in the series. It has serious themes (pieces of Voldemort's soul hidden in different objects, Harry is preparing to accept death, etc.). The Battle of Hogwarts is depicted, and corpses are shown with eyes open. Death Eaters, dementors, spiders, etc... are faced by the characters. Bodies burst open. A character is bitten by a snake multiple times and you can hear the body jerking and slamming (and horrible sounds of the person dying). Very gruesome. I know tweens that could sit through this and pretend it didn't bother them, but their brains are still forming and there's is a lot of evil/darkness in this movie to process. I would recommend for High School age or over.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (91 ):
Kids say (468 ):

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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