Then follows the long spell in the wilderness, the bleakness of which is alleviated only by a small satchel of Hermione's that rivals that of Mary Poppins for its bottomlessness and by a dance to radio music that Harry and Hermione briefly enjoy after Ron bolts in a huff. The duration of this stretch, which sees the protagonists reach their lowest ebb of despair, might have been justified were the actors capable of suggesting more subtext and nuance to express the cumulative emotion of their long struggle. We get the idea, but there's not enough going on moment to moment to stymie the urge to fast-forward.
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