Harry, Hermione, and Ron continue to hunt down the horocruxes that continue fragments of Voldemort's soul. Voldemort finds out about it and it sets the stage for an assault on HogwartsWizarding School that leads to a climatic battle between Harry Potter and the evil wizard
that murdered his parents.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS Part 2 is a satisfying conclusion to THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS adaptation
which some could argue ran for a little long in the first part. Part
2 is more action and delivers on a few things while a few characters
do get shorted (and others get more time like Neville and the old lady wizard teacher played by Maggie Smith). The Harry Potter films improved as they went on. The
first two were a little mechanical while the other films are more alive. The
real trick will be to see how this film serves as a conclusion to the whole film series when the viewer watches the series
from start to finish.
On the downside, some moments do feel a little
rushed and deserve a few bits instead of the usual "oh, gee- they have to kiss in the moment of battle to show their love"
moments (which happen twice). I wonder if the conclusion would
have been grand if they allowed every character to breathe more despite Part 2 being epic. The
battles are intense and Harry's final battle against Voldemort is satisfying (even though Harry seemingly sacrificing himself
could have been played better). Snapes' final threads to his arc prove
a couple of things I already guessed from previous films. Alan
Rickman played a very tragic and conflicted character in what is some of his best acting in his whole career (and I would
love to see a Harry Potter film from the POV of Snapes).
bonus DVD has no extras. Buy the singles disc DVD or two disc DVD (Walmart exclusive) if you want DVD extras.
The UltraViolet Digital Copy can be redeemed through Flixster (the chance to get it will expire after 11-11-2013).
two Blu-ray discs have all the extras:
1 (the movie disc) has the Maximum Movie Mode which has in-depth featurettes which can be accessed as individual Focus
Points featurettes features separate from the movie, and farewells from cast and crew.
2's real extras highlight is the 53 minute interview with star Daniel Radcliffe and author J.K. Rowling as they have a conversation
about the books and movies. I like the bit about the Daniel's favorite rumors (SAS dog walkers and Belgian Monks brewing
him special beer). J.K. Rowling reveals what characters were originally going to live and which major character
was going to die.
eight deleted scenes don't amount to much extra material. Just stuff cut for pacing reasons. Trailers for POTTERMORE
and the Spring 2011 Warner Bros. UK tour of the Harry Potter sets are included.
two additional featurettes are on the disc:
GOBLINS OF GRINGOTTS- casting of 60 dwarfs and putting them in make-up in addition to focusing on Warwick Davis who
plays the Goblin that Harry Potter makes a deal with to get into Gringotts
THE WOMEN OF HARRY POTTER- Author J.K. Rowling talks about the strong women characters in the Harry
Potter series in addition to interviews with the actresses who play the female characters.
ANALYSIS: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS Part 2 is a great ending to the eight film HARRY POTTER series.
The conversation between Daniel Radcliffe and J.K. Rowling is the best extra.
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