updated 11/19/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/19/2010 AT 1:20 PM ET
No more classes, no more books, no more teachers’ dir–well, no more teachers at all, really.
The penultimate Potter film abandons Hogwarts, thrusting Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) into the wilderness on a grimly adult hunt for clues to thwart Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Sadly, dividing J.K. Rowling’s final Potter book into two films, however logical, does more violence to the material than even Voldemort could manage.
Though the trio’s trek through the first half of the book is often scary, the film underscores its tediousness; at nearly 2½ hours, it’s far too long.