Updated: July 26, 2011
Final Harry Potter film comes to Burnham's Ritz Cinema

Burnham-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding, who was last year nominated for the national award 'Young Film Critic of the Year', reviews the eighth Harry Potter film, which is now showing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street this week...

In 1997, at a train station, J.K. Rowling had an idea about a scrawny, bespectacled boy wizard. This idea blossomed into a whole new world that captured the imaginations of potty Muggles everywhere. Now fourteen years, seven books and films, four directors, and the making of three child stars later, the end is finally here.

We rejoin Harry where we left him last— midway through his epic horcrux hunt. Harry, Ron and Hermione are faced with the preposterous task of tracking and destroying the remaining concealed pieces of Voldemort’s soul, hence meaning Harry can finally have a chance of defeating him.

The shortest film of the bunch, coming in at just over two hours, HP8 ties up all the loose character ends.

Snape’s true allegiances are unveiled and it’s time for the kiss everyone’s been waiting for.

The only single, possible criticism is that it could've been longer. Another hour just to fully give all the characters their fitting ends. But otherwise it is a wholly satisfying end to an incredible era of Gryfindoor, Gringotts, Gillyweed and Galleons.

As far as star ratings go I don’t want to give one. Firstly, as this isn’t a standalone film it wouldn’t make sense.

More importantly, though, Harry Potter means so much to so many different people that I don’t feel its my place to put a rating on something they’ve had in their lives for over ten years. I’ve followed Harry Potter since I was nine, it’s a truly wonderful thing and you can’t put a crude star rating on that.

This is perfect pure justice to a sincerely magical era which I and many others will carry with us for years to come.

Read more of Molly's regular film reviews on Burnham-On-Sea.com

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