This part of the story belongs to Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and the three principals get a lot of screen time and make good use of it. Consequently, the supporting characters share less action, but we know they are all going to be seen in the climactic battles to come, so there’s no reason to grouse because your favorite only had a few lines or a walk-on this time.
There were many very good things about the movie. Amazingly, given the already huge cast of characters, there were some nice additions to the crew, including Death Eaters Thickness and Yaxley (Guy Henry and Peter Mullan) as Voldemort’s cat’s-paws in the Ministry of Magic, and David O’Hara, Steffan Rhodri, and Sophie Thompson as the three Ministry employees whose identities are briefly stolen by Harry, Ron, and Hermione, respectively. O’Hara (playing Harry polyjuiced) walks like someone whose body is not his own. Rhodri shows some of Ron’s mannerisms nicely. Thompson as Hermione was not as successful, but perhaps her apparent nervousness was due to her prior bad experiences with the polyjuice potion--.
Other particularly nice touches: the council of Death Eaters, looking like a cross between a meeting of Mafia Dons and the Renaissance princes they fancy themselves as; the rambling Malfoy Manor, and Lovegood’s unlikely house; the updated CGI that makes Dobby and Kreacher more believable; and the very nice stylized animation of the “Deadly Hallows” story which was lovely and I can’t believe more people haven’t commented on it.
Coming up next: the big climax/final battle. We’ll be there.
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