The boy wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) clashes with the evil Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in this bang-up conclusion to the long-running franchise. Wraiths help and confound Harry as he comes to grips with his own dark side and risks the lives of his classmates and teachers by chasing down long-buried clues to Voldemort's weakness. Cinematographer Eduardo Serra underscores the sense of dread with a rich charcoal palette, and the outstanding CGI and 3D effects make the otherworldly threats more corporeal. The scene in which the dark wizards flame-bomb Hogwarts castle recalls the London blitz as portrayed in British movies about World War II; indeed director David Yates has crafted a most patriotic fantasy film with his focus on loyalty, self-sacrifice, tradition, and family. There'll always be an England, it seems, even without Harry Potter.
Director: David Yates
Producer: David Heyman, David Barron, J.K. Rowling and Lionel Wigram
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Matthew Lewis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright and Warwick Davis