Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 epic fantasy film directed by David Yates and the second of two films based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and Rowling. The story continues to follow Harry Potter's quest to bring down his archnemesis Lord Voldemort once and for all. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
Principal photography began on 19 February 2009, and was completed on 12 June 2010, with the final day of reshoots taking place on 21 December 2010, marking the series' closure of ten years of filming. Part 2 was released in both 2D and 3D cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2011. It was also screened in IMAX cinemas from the same date.
The film opened to instant critical acclaim, and it is currently among best reviewed films of 2011. At the box office, Part 2 is currently breaking records in the US and Canada, including highest-grossing midnight opening of all-time with $43.5 million, opening day with $92.1 million, and opening weekend with $168.5 million. As a result, the film experienced the most successful opening of the entire franchise. It also broke the opening day record in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, and the worldwide opening weekend record.
After giving Dobby a proper burial at Shell Cottage, Harry speaks with Griphook the Goblin about breaking into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault at Gringotts bank, as Bellatrix's reaction suggests that a Horcrux may be there. Griphook agrees to take Harry, Ron, and Hermione to the vault in exchange for the goblin-made Sword of Gryffindor. Harry asks Ollivander, the wandmaker, to identify two wands they took from Malfoy Manor. Ollivander says they belonged to Bellatrix and Draco Malfoy, but Malfoy's wand has changed its allegiance to Harry.
Using Polyjuice Potion to disguise herself as Bellatrix, Hermione slips past the Gringotts' security along with a disguised Ron, and Harry and Griphook under Harry's Invisibility Cloak. Using the Imperius Curse they reach the tunnels to the vaults but are stopped by a waterfall on the cart tracks which removes all enchantment and causes an alarm to sound. Griphook guides them past the vault's captive dragon guardian and into Bellatrix's vault. Harry discovers the Horcrux, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, despite curses placed on the vault contents, at which point Griphook takes the sword and runs, saying he never agreed to help them get out. With Gringotts security on their tail, the three jump onto the back of the dragon, release it, and fly away. Harry briefly enters Voldemort's mind and learns that Voldemort has discovered the theft and killed many goblins in retaliation, including Griphook. The sword of Gryffindor was not recovered - it vanished from Griphook's hand. Voldemort starts to keep Nagini–his snake and living Horcrux–with him at all times for protection. During the vision, Harry also sees Voldemort reviewing his Horcruxes and thus learns there is a Horcrux at Hogwarts, in some way related to Rowena Ravenclaw.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione apparate into Hogsmeade, which sets off a Caterwauling Charm alarm. They are rescued and concealed by Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus's brother. Aberforth seems to have lost all hope, but Harry convinces him to help them get into Hogwarts. Aberforth instructs a portrait of his younger sister, Ariana to fetch Neville Longbottom, who leads the three friends through a secret passage back to Hogwarts and reunites them with other student allies. Harry discloses they are looking for something connected to Ravenclaw but they do not know what; the only suggestion is the long-lost Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw, but this has not been seen for centuries.
Severus Snape, now headmaster of Hogwarts, hears of Harry's return and gathers all students and staff in the Great Hall to inform them of their severe punishment should they aid Harry in any way. Harry steps forward and confronts Snape, who prepares to attack him, but Professor McGonagall intercedes and fires her own spells to defend him. Snape flees to Lord Voldemort, who tells Hogwarts to give Harry to him. When Pansy Parkinson tries to convince the others to accept the offer, McGonagall orders Filch to take the Slytherins to the dungeons. McGonagall gathers all beings in Hogwarts to prepare for battle. Luna Lovegood directs Harry to speak to Helena Ravenclaw, daughter of Rowena and ghost of Ravenclaw house. Helena is initially skeptical of Harry's intentions, but eventually reveals that she knows of Voldemort and confirms he performed "dark magic" on her mother's diadem, which is hidden somewhere in the Room of Requirement. While Harry is talking with Helena, Ron and Hermione go to the Chamber of Secrets where Hermione destroys the cup Horcrux with a Basilisk fang. In the aftermath the two kiss and realise they share deep feelings for each other. Harry is attacked in the Room of Requirement by Malfoy and his friends Gregory Goyle, and Blaise Zabini, and saved by the arrival of Ron and Hermione. Goyle casts a Fiendfyre curse in the Room of Requirement, and dies in the uncontrolled flames, but Malfoy and Zabini are saved by Harry and his friends who use broomsticks. Once in safety, Harry quickly destroys the Ravenclaw diadem with a basilisk fang and Ron kicks it into the fire. They then start the search for Voldemort so that they may kill Nagini. They witness Voldemort in the grounds telling Snape that the Elder Wand cannot be truly his until Snape dies, attacking him magically and leaving Nagini to finish him off. Before dying, Snape gives Harry some memories via a tear, and tells Harry to look at them using the Pensieve in Dumbledore's office. When the three go inside they see many have been killed, including Fred Weasley, Lavender Brown, Remus Lupin, and his wife Nymphadora.
Harry learns from Snape's memories that Snape and his mother were childhood friends and Snape loved her. Following her killing, Snape defected from Voldemort and agreed with Albus Dumbledore to protect Harry out of his love for her, despite hating Harry's father. Harry learns that he himself was inadvertently made into a Horcrux since he contains part of Voldemort's soul split off at the time of his mother's death. In Snape's memories, Dumbledore says that Harry has to die to destroy the Horcrux within him. Harry goes alone to meet his death at the hands of Voldemort, and uses the Resurrection Stone, hidden in a snitch Dumbledore left in his will to Harry, to summon the spirits of his parents, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin, who say they will stay with him to the end. Voldemort casts a Killing Curse at him. Awaking, Harry finds himself in a strange white limbo, where the spirit of Dumbledore meets him and explains that the part of Voldemort within him was killed by Voldemort's own curse, and that Harry has the choice to return to the world or to "go on". Harry returns to the world of living, but feigns death until his body is carried into full view of everyone. Neville's defiant drawing of the sword of Gryffindor and Harry's sudden resurrection reignite the fighting. As Harry and Voldemort duel across the castle, Neville decapitates the snake with the sword, destroying the last of the Horcruxes. The now mortal Voldemort is then killed by his own Killing Curse as the Elder Wand rebounds it on him and flies into Harry's hands. Harry explains to his friends that the Elder Wand had recognised him as its master because he had disarmed Draco Malfoy, who in turn had disarmed its previous owner Dumbledore. Ron suggests that they keep the Wand, because it would make them invincible, but Harry wordlessly snaps the Elder Wand in half and throws each half over the side of the Hogwarts bridge, deciding that it's too powerful to be kept.
Nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny Potter, along with Ron and Hermione Weasley, now each married, see their children off on the Hogwarts Express. Harry's middle child, Albus Severus, reveals his fears to Harry about the possibility of him being sorted into Slytherin house. Harry confides in his son regarding Snape's courage and assures him that the Sorting Hat will allow him to choose his own house. Both couples watch their children leave.
- Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, the film's main protagonist.
- Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Harry's best friend and Hermione's romantic interest.
- Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Harry's other best friend and Ron's romantic interest.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, a Death Eater and Sirius Black's cousin and murderer.
- Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn, the Potions master at Hogwarts.
- Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid, Harry's half-giant friend and a former teacher at Hogwarts.
- Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick, the Charms master at Hogwarts; and Griphook, a goblin and former employee at Gringotts Bank.
- Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, a merciless power-hungry wizard, and the leader of the Death Eaters.
- Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, former headmaster of Hogwarts killed by Severus Snape two films earlier.
- John Hurt as Ollivander, a wandmaker abducted by the Death Eaters.
- Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy's father and a disgraced Death Eater.
- Kelly Macdonald as Helena Ravenclaw, the ghost of Ravenclaw tower (also known as "The Grey Lady"). She replaced Nina Young, who portrayed the Grey Lady in the first film.
- Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Harry's godfather. Killed in battle three films earlier by Bellatrix Lestrange.
- Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, former Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and the new headmaster of Hogwarts.
- Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall, the Transfiguration teacher, Deputy Headmistress and future Headmistress at Hogwarts.
- David Thewlis as Remus Lupin, a member of the Order of the Phoenix and a former Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts.
- Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney, the Divination teacher at Hogwarts.
- Julie Walters as Molly Weasley, the Weasley matriarch and a mother figure to Harry.
Ciarán Hinds assumes the role of Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore's brother and bartender of the Hog's Head inn. Hinds replaced Jim McManus, who portrayed the character in a brief cameo in the fifth film.Joshua Herdman announced on 9 August 2009 (2009-08-09) that Jamie Waylett would not be reprising his role as Vincent Crabbe. Waylett's character would instead be written out and his role in the plot taken over by Herdman's character, Gregory Goyle.
David Yates announced that, for the final scene in the film which is set nineteen years after the film's main story, older actors would not be cast to play the main characters. A mix of make-up and special effects was used to depict the cast members as older.
Part 2 was filmed back-to-back with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 from 19 February 2009, to 12 June 2010, with reshoots for the Epilogue scene taking place at Leavesden Film Studios on 21 December 2010. Director David Yates, who shot the film with director of photography Eduardo Serra, described Part 2 as "operatic, colourful and fantasy-oriented", a "big opera with huge battles."
In an interview with Architectural Digest, production designer Stuart Craig remarked on creating sets for Part 2. On the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, he said, "our banking hall, like any other, is made of marble and big marble columns. And it has great strength. The fact that the goblins are the bankers and tellers at the counter helps that feeling of grandeur and solidity and the big proportions. That was part of the fun of the set: we exaggerated the size of it, we exaggerated the weight of it, and we even exaggerated the shine o