"Almost magically, it ends up being one of the best of the series....It is Alan Rickman as the elusive Severus Snape who, as always, makes the most lasting impression."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (07/13/2011)
"[P]art 2 of THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is the best possible end for the series....It's a dark and thunderous pageant that sets its bespectacled hero in the midst of vast forces, yet never loses track of who he is..."
Wall Street Journal (07/15/2011)
5 stars out of 5 -- "PART II gets everything right to send Harry off on a cinematic high....The film's real feat is that it manages to stand on its own against the sky-high expectations of its fan base..."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (07/12/2011)
"[The filmmakers] guide the story to a graceful and satisfying end. The movie's final moments are the equivalent of the half-jubilant, half-mournful thrill you get when you close the cover of a book you've savored."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (07/14/2011)
"[A] massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now....Technically, nothing has been held back."
Hollywood Reporter - Todd McCarthy (07/06/2011)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The finale conjures up enough awe and solemnity to serve as an appropriate finale and a dramatic contrast to the lighthearted innocence of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE all those magical years ago."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (07/13/2011)
"[T]he ideal culmination of a fantasy series that has artfully blended excitement, adventure and terror with humor, kinship and love."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (07/15/2011)
"Childhood ends with tears and howls, swirls of smoke, the shock of mortality and bittersweet smiles in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2, the grave, deeply satisfying final movie in the series."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis
4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]hot with an extraordinary eye for detail....A pacey, exhilarating and emotionally satisfying final chapter..."
Total Film - Richard Jordan (09/01/2011)
"[T]he saga culminates in a finale as satisfying and emotionally intense -- frightening, sad, and ultimately comforting -- as it is visually grand." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (07/22/2011)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Yates marshals his technical team to produce visual marvels. Props to the thrilling dragon ride out of the caves beneath the Gringotts wizard bank."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (08/04/2011)