Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

(PG-13) ★★★★☆

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is still hunting Horcruxes, which contain amounts of Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) soul. The so-called Elder Wand, stolen from the crypt of Harry’s mentor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), must be put into the right hands. Snape (Alan Rickman) has taken over Hogwarts, transforming it into an awful place. Smart yet not slavish direction, and the still-perfect casting from way back when, make this final chapter an entertaining and satisfying success.

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