‘Harry Potter’ Reviews Are In: What the Critics Are Saying

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The end is here! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hit theaters at midnight and marks the end of the franchise. Fans around the world lined up for hours to be amongst the first to see the final film, which has already set a record for selling $32 million in advanced domestic ticket sales.

So what are the critics saying about the final magical film and its stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint? We’ve compiled the reviews from across the world to see if the last film lives up to all the hype.

Overall Story
“This outing not only doesn’t disappoint; it surpasses high expectations. This is a terrific, smartly designed adolescent adventure, visually rich, narratively satisfying, and bound to resonate for years to come.” — Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The Action
“Keeping the audience so closely connected with Harry is a remarkable achievement, considering the intensity of the action that swirls around him: a roller-coaster ride down to the Gringotts vaults; a dragon-back ride back up; serpentine menace on a cosmic scale; wands sizzling, towers toppling; Hogwarts besieged, and aflame; and, in the shoot-out that will define humanity’s fate, not to mention Harry’s future.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Whoever cast Radcliffe, Watson and Grint deserves major credit for the success of the series; all three actors grew into their roles near-perfectly…. Deathly Hallows Part 2 sends Harry off into the pop culture pantheon on a thrilling high note.” — Tom Long, Detroit News

The End
“The final chapter ends with an epilogue that puts a lump in your throat and makes you want to watch them all again from the beginning. That’s the definition of a classic.” — Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“It’s so detailed and mature that there’s really nothing left for us to do but put down our round spectacles and our wands and return to our far less fascinating Muggle existence.” — Nina Garin, San Diego Union-Tribune