Harry Potter Finale ‘Deeply Satisfying’

The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis cried during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 because, “It’s been unexpectedly moving growing older with these characters and actors perhaps simply because it’s invariably poignant watching children become adults.” Nevertheless, Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort steals the show. “This is such great screen villainy it makes you regret there wasn’t more of Voldemort all along,” Dargis writes. His performance is one example of what has made the Harry Potter film franchise so successful: “One reason the movies work is that their scale never overwhelmed the extraordinary characters.”