End of a magical era leaves Lauren with bittersweet feeling

Lauren Penman.
Lauren Penman.

Ballyclare student Lauren Penman was at last week’s premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Here she gives her verdict on the final big screen outing for JK Rowling’s boy wizard and his friends...

THE eighth and final instalment of the Harry Potter series came with a bittersweet feeling - I spent the evening enthralled with the outstanding action scenes and the dark humour lightening the mood for fleeting moments, only to realise that this would be the final time that I would be spellbound by Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of Harry Potter on opening night.

Having said that, director David Yates did everything to ensure that this film would be the best and most memorable of them all, and the round of applause that echoed throughout Belfast’s Odeon as the film drew to a close certainly suggests that it exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is centred around the Battle of Hogwarts, leading to the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. The film opens with Harry, Ron and Hermione breaking into Hogwarts in pursuit of a Horcrux - part of Voldemort’s soul stored in a vessel - inside Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault. This gripping opening sets the scene for the film, where no time is spared to refresh our memories or explain the plot. Although this may have left first-time-viewers behind from the opening scenes, it advanced the story for die-hard fans from the very first moment.

The action scenes at the Battle of Hogwarts are fast moving and exciting, but it is very much Harry’s battle. The fight between good and evil would always have come down to a one-on-one duel.

Read Lauren’s full review in this week’s Times...