Long, dark, and boring. A huge setback from the attractive peak Harry Potter had reached in The Half-Blood Prince. No wonder there's so much room for fast-forwarding: the studio is milking as much revenue possible from a well-established franchise, by expanding the last episode into Part 1 and Part 2. Too many weird-named characters, and recruitment of too many magical tricks from prior movies at the spur of the moment for narrative convenience, makes following a coherent story nearly impossible. Other than beautiful cinemtography (and an enchanting short animated segment), there's no motivation here to wait for the final half-chapter.