The film was absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful. This is the first Harry Potter film where I could feel the intense love the trio has for another in this very tangible and real way. They became real. The relationship between Ron and Hermione was portrayed with so much love and gentleness, that I didn't think was possible to portray. It was incredibly, sweetly romantic. Their romantic relationship didn't feel as forced as it did in the other films, it grew naturally from the performances. Dan, Rupe and Emma gave their best perfomances to date, but I think Rupert, as Emma said, particularly delivered an amazing, dynamic performance. They were the characters I loved in the book. Brought to life. This is the first Harry Potter film that felt real in a very raw and powerful way, which really illuminated the story .There was very little of the whimsical gimmick and, "I love magic" moments of the previous films. Instead of the Wizarding World being a wonderful place to escape to with flying golden snitches, chocolate frogs and portraits that move - it became a nightmare. The editing and camera work was beautiful. The scene of Belletrix torturing Hermione was shot in this very intimate and horrific manner, that was ultimately really moving. The detail of the mudblood inscription on her arm was a terrible, but perfect touch. Evil in this film is depicted in this very sadistic, disturbing way that is genuinely horrific. That sculpture of the muggles holding up the wizards and the pamplets against muggles looked exactly like Soviet art. Very scary, stuff. I loved the camera focus on the character's eyes, it not only intensified the emotional drama, but helped forge a rich connection between the characters and the audience in a way that was unprecedented in the other films.
Favorite Moments: Harry going back to the cupboard and picking up the tin soldiers, Hermione leaving her home, Hermione running up to a Harry-looking Ron and the "always the tone of surprise" moment, George and Fred's "saint-like" moment, Ron in awe at Hermione all dressed-up at the wedding, Hermione being angry at herself because they forgot to celebrate Harry's birthday, Hermione teaching Ron how to play the piano, the radio montage of listening to all the people who have died, the Ministry of Magic break in and Ron being so sweet to Mrs. Cattermole, Ron getting splinched and Hermione taking care of him, Hermione figuring out that Godric's sword could destroy horcruxes and her interaction with Harry, Harry dancing with Hermione, Harry and Hermione's return to Godric's Hollow and finding Lily and Jame's graves, Hermione talking about Dean's Forest and camping there as a child, Ron trying so hard to win Hermione back after he returns, Ron and Harry talking in the tent and the flame exploding in the jar, Ron saying "To hell with that" and running to save Hermione, Hermione running into Ron's arms when the chandelier falls, Dobby's death and funeral (very moving), Hermione in Ron's arms while Harry parts down Dobby's grave...so many more.