Those quirky cinematic touches, not to mention a meaningful battle that involves bravery, self-sacrifice and the continued exploration of what’s worth dying for, are what ultimately make Harry and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 a memorable and thrilling conclusion to Harry’s journey. By focusing more on the magicians instead of the magic itself, the story’s rich symbolism has an opportunity to shine bright—even if it’s still not as overtly “Christian” as something C.S. Lewis would’ve written. If anything, Rowling’s work is more on par with Tolkien, who wrote the Lord of the Rings trilogy, another world where magic and spiritual meaning also co-exist, leaving plenty of room for debate for anyone up for the challenge.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter film without butterbeer, now would it? No actual alcohol is consumed by anyone, however.
  • Language/Profanity: One use of bit-- and he--, plus the occasional British profanity like bloody he--.
  • Sex/Nudity: Ron and Hermione kiss. Harry and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) kiss.
  • Violence: There’s plenty of non-stop action and perilous situations that lead up to Harry’s final showdown with evil Lord Voldemort. After some of the intense battle scenes, a few of the characters we’ve known from other Potter films—good and bad—are dead (we see their corpses lying on the ground). A man’s throat is slit by magic, and then he’s also attacked by a snake. A man dies when an axe is thrown his way. Another man’s body magically turns to ash when he dies. A boy falls into a pit of fire, other people are engulfed by flames. Another boy is violently beaten. A woman dies and her body is shattered into pieces after a spell is cast. A tsunami nearly takes out Ron and Hermoine is the chamber of secrets. A disturbing image of a bloody fetus.
     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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