IT ALL ENDS in a grand assault on Hogwarts that is in no way like Lord of the Rings! It’s a terrific, emotional ending to a terrific series. However, once again, I lament setup-and-payoff issues. I lament Snape’s worthless death and Harry’s nonsensical non-death. And I lament plot ellipses (they’re not holes if they are explained in the book) and propose new endings and variants of key scenes that would make them stronger (YMMV).
I compare the film to the Indiana Jones movies and The Wizard of Oz, and I compare The Wizard of Oz to Shakespeare. I accuse Harry of being illiterate. I also decide who gets to graduate.
I’m watching the standard-edition Blu-ray. Start the film right as the Warner Brothers logo zooms by, on the countdown.