These two movies in sequence are my first exposure to the Harry Potter films and I had quite an enjoyable experience with them, particularly with this second one. It had a very epic aura compared to the first movie, with a majestic atmosphere that leads to an impending conclusion.
The trials and tribulations the children go through in initially searching for the Horcrux pieces is a nice way to lead into the later portions of the movie, but the relationship between Harry, Ron and Hermione is an interesting one at times. Eventually, more friction develops as the evil forces of Voldemort start to overtake the environment and the kids become split up more frequently.
As the good and evil forces converge towards the later portions of the movie, there is then a need to kill Harry that begins to sink in. Severus Snape and Voldemort have a conversation regarding the death of Harry and towards the conclusion of the movie Voldemort supposedly kills Harry. He turns out to be alive and gets his revenge on Voldemort at the end of the movie, however and breaks his special wand as well.
The set pieces in the movie are very appealing and more visually impressive than those of the first movie, for certain. There is also a greater sense of rising tension as the movie progresses than shown by the first part of the series and more intense battle scenes as well. Overall, the movie comes highly recommended and is probably my second favourite of 2011 behind X-Men: First-Class.