'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' -- 3 1/2 stars

<b>PG-13; 2:10 running time</b><br><br> It has taken Harry Potter eight full-length films to really have it out with Lord Voldemort, the reptilian prince of darkness with the undeniable leadership qualities and a clear, can-do game plan. With an ordinary franchise the audience -- even an audience pre-devoted to J.K. Rowling's books -- would've grown itchy long ago, renouncing its allegiance and moving on. But this is no ordinary franchise. As the 21st century has lurched, in the Muggle world, from terrorism to pervasive, politically exploitable paranoia to a world economy built on diminished expectations and the sales of Stieg Larsson books, the globally popular Potter movies ($5.4 billion in gross receipts, not counting the eighth and last) set in Rowling's wizarding universe dramatized an increasingly threatened and threatening place, not so different from our own. -- Michael Phillips<br><br><b>Read the <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0713-harry-potter-hallow-part-20110714,0,2805146.column>full review</a>

PG-13; 2:10 running time

It has taken Harry Potter eight full-length films to really have it out with Lord Voldemort, the reptilian prince of darkness with the undeniable leadership qualities and a clear, can-do game plan. With an ordinary franchise the audience -- even an audience pre-devoted to J.K. Rowling's books -- would've grown itchy long ago, renouncing its allegiance and moving on. But this is no ordinary franchise. As the 21st century has lurched, in the Muggle world, from terrorism to pervasive, politically exploitable paranoia to a world economy built on diminished expectations and the sales of Stieg Larsson books, the globally popular Potter movies ($5.4 billion in gross receipts, not counting the eighth and last) set in Rowling's wizarding universe dramatized an increasingly threatened and threatening place, not so different from our own. -- Michael Phillips

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