Is it too early to talk about Harry Potter's Oscar chances following his final farewell in movie theaters later this month? The early reviews are in ahead of the film's official London premiere today, and so far Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is flying high with a 100% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. While it's somewhat expected to find a solid, engaging film in the Potter finale, fans should be happy to know that cast and filmmakers certainly did not let anyone down on their way off the stage. Here's what critics are saying right now ...
"If you've been a devoted follower of the Potter saga in print and at the movies, you'll come away from this final chapter with a feeling of catharsis and, perhaps, a slightly damp handkerchief." -- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
"An outstanding capper to the most lucrative film franchise of all time." -- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, Part 2 will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric Part 1." -- Justin Chang, Variety
"This is monumental cinema, awash with gorgeous tones, and carrying an ultimate message that will resonate with every viewer, young or old: there is darkness in all of us, but we can overcome it." -- Philip Womack, Daily Telegraph
"The entire series of Potter books and motion pictures has been leading us to this final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. It could easily have been a letdown. But the fight here between good and evil is more than satisfying. It's thrilling." -- Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
"Fans can rest assured -- without wishing to spoil any of the major plot lines -- that their patience will be paid off fully, and some, in the final epic Harry Potter chapter." -- Elisa Roche, Daily Express
Below you'll find a live stream from the UK premiere. (Note: The video will not work once the events are over)