This second half of book seven is replete with chaotic fighting scenes. The battle wages on in the depths of the Goblins' treasury, and then comes full circle as Hogwarts finds itself in great peril. The castle's halls, and the enchanted forest are under assault from the combined marshaled forces of the Dark Lord. Harry, Hermione and Ron are busy finding and destroying horcruxes while the world is being torn apart by the Death Eaters and their numerically superior army. Coming to the rescue is Albus Dumbledore's resentful but powerful brother Abeforth who contributes to the castle's defense. His spells are the most stimulating to say the least. They light up the screen in a way that I would not have believe possible in three dimensionality.
Every character we have come to both love and despise returns. The deathly hallows (the Elder Wand, the Invisibility Cloak and the Resurrection Stone) allow for a great deal of mystery and suspense. We learn that Professor Snape is perhaps the greatest hero and best friend Harry could have ever asked for. J.K. Rowling and Director David Yates cast aspersions at Professor Dumbledore for using Harry as a sacrificial pawn in his war to destroy Voldemort forever. Yes it is true, for those of you that have not read the book, it is revealed that Harry is indeed the final and unintended horcrux. He must choose to live or die and thus allow the continued reign or reemergence of the Dark Lord.
Amidst so much death and mayhem, unanticipated romances are born and others come to fruition. Hermione and Ron continue consummating their passion. Harry desperately loves Ginny. Even Neville and Luna have chemistry. Neville, courtesy of Rowling has turned out to be quite a hero and an inspiration. Voldemort's precious death eaters are overwhelming to the castle's righteous guardians, but the real and final battle is reserved for Harry and Voldemort. Only by eliminating himself can Harry rid the wizarding world of the Dark Lord forever. There is a religious overtone to the ultimate sacrifice he must make. Since I have Screen Spotlight's final word on the Harry Potter franchise, I would like to admit that it took me a long time to come around and to see the magic in all thing Hogwarts and Harry, but I am so glad I took this journey for it has been a glorious one. Long live the boy who lived!
The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack also includes an Ultraviolet Digital Copy of the film to provide enhanced definition on your LCD or LED display. The advertised bonus features include:
Maximum Movie Mode hosted by Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and other cast members
A Conversation with JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe
The Goblins of Gringott's
The Women of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour (London)
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