This is a not-spoiler review, at least insofar as spoilers can be. Honestly, if you read the book, there isn’t anything that should surprise you about the movie, except perhaps parts of the movie you thought they did better (or worse) than the book. I really liked the sequence that told the story of the Deathly Hallows. It was animated, which seemed a little weird at first, but felt natural after the first minute or so.

I thought the pacing was decent, and the whole camping thing that felt so long and awkward in the book felt like just a part of the story in the movie. The order of events made more sense, and in a lot of ways, I think the movie made a coherent story out of an otherwise lackluster book. That isn’t to say I think the seventh book wasn’t a good book, I just think it had pacing problems, which could have easily been fixed.

It helped that the movie made it very clear why Voldemort wanted the Elder Wand to begin with. You’d think that he’d have been fine with just any old wand, but it seemed as though despite having Harry’s blood as part of his resurrection, Harry was still easily able to overpower him. So, Old Voldy had to find the most powerful wand that was ever made. Okay, that makes sense to me. Oh, and I was glad the wedding made it.

I liked how the movie made the transition from “life is as it always is, and should be” to “holy crap, the Death Eaters are here and they’re killing everyone, it’s time to GTFO.” Suddenly, the world that Harry lives in isn’t safe anymore. It almost isn’t even funny at all anymore, but the elements of humor here and there, like Harry and Hermione and their random dancing were vital to the movie’s overall mood and tone.