Director: David Yates
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton

With the breakneck and superb final entry Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the producers behind the record-breaking Harry Potter movie franchise didn’t just wave goodbye to theater patrons—they chucked up gangster deuces. Dumbledore fanatics who’ve been with the series since 2001’s Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone received a nonstop action spectacle that tied up the overarching plotlines, mainly Harry’s feud with Lord Voldemort and Hermione’s reluctance to slide into first base with prudish Ron; for apathetic ticket-buyers, director David Yates’ ending of the Potter brand delivered more impressive effects and awe-inspiring set-pieces than any other summer product, except, perhaps, Michael Bay’s overloaded Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

Potter’s staggering gross figures stand as Hollywood’s highest dollar amounts for any movie franchise, but, artistically, that’s not the biggest victory that Deathly Hallows: Part 2 solidified. That distinction goes to the film’s gratifying sendoff quality; fears of Daniel Radcliffe’s iconic character suffering through a swan song akin to The Matrix Revolutions or The Godfather Part III have officially been assuaged. If we gave a shit about those Twilight movies, we’d wish for Team Edward Cullen members to feel a similar satisfaction from the forthcoming Breaking Dawn installments. But we don’t, so we won’t.

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