After eight movies and a decade of being die-hard fans, it’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to Harry Potter – but we’re also very happy to report that the biggest movie franchise in the world has a superb ending.

Deathly Hallows Part 2 is all about the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort, the ultimate showdown between good and evil, the climax the entire series has built toward from the beginning.

The movie begins where Part 1 left off – on the beach after the death of our favourite house-elf, Dobby. Still in search of the last remaining horcruxes, Harry, Ron and Hermione set off on a final journey that ultimately leads them back to where it all began – Hogwarts.

With the school under attack by Voldemort and his evil army, there is a fantastic scene in which Professor Minerva McGonagall (Maggie Smith) gets ready for battle and summons some very heavy-duty stone figures to guard the boundaries. With an air of authority and sly grin she says: ‘I always wanted to use that spell’.

Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, who is now in charge of a ravaged Hogwarts, gives the performance of the entire series – showing a hidden side of the normally dark teacher which people will be shocked to see.

There’s far less dialogue and character interaction than in Part 1, but this is more than made up for by some massively impressive action scenes. Unlike a lot of other blockbusters we’ve seen this year, the 3D in this movie works to heighten the amazing special effects that have been created by director David Yates.

One of the greatest achievements of the Potter franchise has been the combination of young, fresh-faced actors with Oscar-winning veterans. Employing only British and Irish actors has been a feature of the series; a strategy that created more magic than Ollivanders’ wand shop. The likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman and Ralph Fiennes have all had so many memorable moments throughout the years and they bring some unforgettable ones in this final chapter. As for our young stars, who, let’s be honest, looked like they had read ‘Acting for Dummies’ in the Philosopher’s Stone; they’ve grown into a group of talented thespians with magical futures ahead.

One thing is for certain, Harry Potter may be gone, but he’s definitely going out with a bang!

Janice Butler