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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The first part of the two-part finale to the Harry Potter franchise released in 2010.

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Surprisingly enjoyable!

  • Nov 28, 2010
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I have read so many of the reviews about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1 that I just felt that I had to throw my own opinions in the mix. I am such a huge fan of these books, they are probably my all time favorite series and I reread them (or listen to them on audio) regularly. Stephen Fry brings these characters to life for me in a way that the movies haven't.

I guess its because I'm so invested in these books that every time I would watch one of the HP movies, I would find myself so disappointed when they would skip over or re-imagine things that were, for me, a very important part of the story even though I understood their reasons and time constraints or what have you. This one, however, was different. There were still large parts of the book that were skipped over without mention and a few extra things thrown in that weren't a part of the book but I was extremely surprised by how much I truly enjoyed this movie.

I was so happy to see characters that I love from the series have a bigger role in this film. Movie-goers finally got a better glimpse of Fred and George's humor, Mad-Eye Moody's gruff bluntness, and most importantly we got to see Dobby again. I really missed him in the previous movies. Bella was, as always, outstanding. She is my favorite "love to hate" character from the movies and fits so perfectly how I always imagine Bella to be. Voldemort himself had a much bigger role in this movie and his performance was also gratifyingly scary and appropriately snakelike.

Some of the scenes were completely different than how I imagined them when reading, the initial chase scene was wonderfully done and much more exciting to watch on screen. I LOVE how they changed the scene with Hedwig. The first scene of the movie, with Hermione and her parents, was heartrending and somber and really set the tone for the film. Visually, I thought the movie was stunning. The scenes when Harry, Ron, and Hermione were travelling, the film was able to adequately convey the beauty of their surroundings as well as their isolation from everyone they know and love.

The few things that they did differently from the book really worked for me. This in itself is unusual since I dearly dearly love these books. At one point I found myself wishing that Rowling would have written a particular scene that way!

The stand out performances for me were Hermione, Bella, Voldemort, Dobby, and Nagini. None of the characters were really lacking performance-wise though and there wasn't a lot for me to complain about.

What I didn't like:
1. I didn't understand the invisibility of the invisibility cloak.
2. Why didn't they finish the scene at Bathilda's house. I thought this was important.
3. I wanted to see the Dudley/Harry goodbye.
4. Poor Kreacher's moments were completely disregarded.
5. Potterwatch would have been a good way to show how they kept up hope after so long away from everyone.

The end result was that I laughed, cried, and at a couple points almost jumped straight out of my seat! I left the theater surprised, happy, and not in the least disappointed. I am looking forward to Part 2.
Surprisingly enjoyable!

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November 29, 2010
Great review! I've heard quite a few different opinions on this movie from HP fans, so it's pushing me even more to see the movie for myself!
 
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  • Opens Friday, November 19, 2010 | Runtime:2 hr. 27 min.
  • PG-13
    For some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images
  • Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort's Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown.
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman
  • Director: David Yates
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Poster art for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: An IMAX 3D Experience"
  •  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is a brooding, slower-paced film than its predecessors, the result of being just one half of the final story (the last book in the series was split into two movies, released in theaters eight months apart). Because the penultimate film is all buildup before the final showdown between the teen wizard and the evil Voldemort (which does not occur until The Deathly Hallows, Part II),Part I is a road-trip movie, a heist film, a lot of exposition, and more weight on its three young leads, who up until now were sufficiently supported by a revolving door of British thesps throughout the series. Now that all the action takes place outside ...
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