It's already the most successful film in the "Harry Potter" series (and the year), not to mention the most pre-ordered Blu-ray/DVD of all time -- and now you'll be able to make the spell complete by adding the final piece to your collection as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" becomes available to own this week.
The story begins right where the last one left off, with Voldemort obtaining the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb while our trio of heroes Harry, Ron and Hermione desperately hunts for Horcruxes with meaty chunks of the dark lord's soul in them.
After our protagonists pull off the bank heist of the century (it involves a rollercoaster and dragons -- beat THAT, Danny Ocean), they swagger back into Hogwarts, now being ruled with a "don't spare the rod" ethos by the evil Professor Snape. Except he's not evil! Harry learns through a teardrop, the wizarding world equivalent of a jump drive, that Snape has been living some kind of double, possibly triple life that will surprise many who judged a book by its cover.
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Once the pieces are in place for a full-scale attack on the school by Voldy and his army of minions, Harry is in a race against time to destroy the remaining Horcruxes and do what it takes to bring down his mortal enemy, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.
This final chapter in the saga -- the second half of the final chapter, if you want to get technical -- provides a rousing, satisfying conclusion full of action, heroism and something the other entries have been sorely lacking in ... explosions. Things go boom, major characters die, semi-major characters and background extras also die, and Harry makes one brave decision after another that helps us understand why so many people have lain down their lives for this kid.
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Fans of J.K. Rowling's novels may be more attuned to the emotional frequency of key events, while those uninitiated may find themselves struggling to comprehend the weight of certain scenes. That's to be expected with a film this fast-paced, where the majority of the audience wants to see the characters get into big confrontations. And confront they do.
One thing is for sure: the final scene at King's Cross Station's 9 3/4 platform will live on in every fan's memory, and remind us all that we've watched three young people -- both as characters and as actors -- grow up before our eyes.
Extras! Magically conclusive bonus features include "A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe," deleted scenes and, most enticingly, "The Women of Harry Potter."