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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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  • Nov 19, 2010
So, Harry James Potter finally grows up and the series is coming to a halt? Hmm, not sure if I like that. Harry Potter was not only legendary but he's truly cute and adorable as a child. I know, I know, we all have to grow up... Yuck, that takes the fun out of life, don't you think?

Before we get on with life, as we all do, let's take a look at these kids who have made the series of films such a joyful journey, even for the adults. Cute, aren't they? Reminded me of Drew Barrymore in E.T.! Oh well, the coming of age must be hard for all concerned!

It's been more than 10 years since I saw the first film and many kids have grown up reading about Harry Potter since. I must qualify by saying that I didn't read any of the books. Not a single one. To me, the films were sufficient. I watched everyone of them and had enjoyed most of them. Frankly, I don't remember every single one of them, nor do I follow the plot closely enough. Hence, I'm not so sure how much you'd enjoy it if you had not seen it from the very beginning. It's a question you've to contend with yourself. Hence, I can only write this review based on the assumption one had seen all those prior films and are able to follow the story. I do think it'd be a good idea to acquire all the early films and watch it in one go before you head for this one though. I might just do that myself sometime before the finale next July!

This movie is the beginning of the end. It's the prelude to death; the theme which the author seems to have implied. Since this is a world based on wizarding, it is probably hard to understand the prevalent themes in the movie from the perspective of a child. If it's for children, then I fear children today grow up too quickly and are faced with themes which they might not be ready for. Fantasy, coming of age, love, illusions, fear, death, etc... they seem way beyond what a normal child can grasp!

In this episode of Harry Potter, I get the feeling death is imminent. Whose? I've no clear idea since I didn't read the novel. But the mood is ready for a showdown. There's darkness all over and fear is something the audience is left holding with. Fear and the conquering of one's fear had been the predominant underlying emotion in almost all of Harry Potter's films. When it comes to fear, the movie is pretty consistent. What it has shed in this particular film is innocence. Innocence and the fun-filled wizardry are gone. I missed seeing these kids flying across the sky on brooms. Truly, that's what I missed most in this movie. The brooms! LOL...

What I did enjoy in this film is the illustration of the story of the Deathly Hallows. That was truly well done, imho. It renders meaning and life to the entire film. I truly enjoyed that part of the movie. The elves are fun and very lovable. Dobby's loyalty is commendable too & the director did that scene particularly well. That was a touching scene and I've enjoyed it tremendously!

The film ends with an impending showdown in the works and for that we'll have to wait till next summer. In the mean time, if you're living near Florida, you might want to head to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and have some thrills of your own with regard to the brooms ;-)  You see, Harry Potter lives on, regardless!!!

(P.S. Please, please don't tell me there's no brooms there! I want to be on those brooms!)

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November 22, 2010
Great review, I have liked all the films like I told WP but I get these now for my girl Helena Bonham Carter, love her.
November 22, 2010
You'll see plenty of her in this episode :-)
November 20, 2010
I can't wait to see this. Luckily, I'm going tonight (assuming it's not sold out). Great review!
November 21, 2010
I'm sure Woo would have been there as you were writing these words! Good luck!
November 21, 2010
Yep, we made it. I have to say I was a little let down that the film deviated from the book as much as it did, but it certainly built up the anticipation for Part 2 very nicely.
November 22, 2010
Oh really? Sometimes the books are better, as in Angels and Demons. I guess I've to make it a point to read the books. New year's resolution! ;p
November 22, 2010
I know what you mean. I was so disappointed with the films of "Angels & Demons" and "The Lovely Bones". However, while it is true that usually the books are better there are a few films that have outshone them such as "The Wizard of Oz", "The Graduate", and "Jaws", which all improved on what was in their respective novels.
November 22, 2010
I didn't read too many of the novels but you're certainly right in this regard. I definitely enjoyed "What Dreams May Come" and " Somewhere in Time" in movies more than the books :-)
November 20, 2010
Great review, Sharrie!
November 21, 2010
Thanks! Are you a fan of Harry Potter?
November 23, 2010
Yes, I loved the first four books and movies; the last three not so much.
November 20, 2010
Nice review, Sharrie! I am off to see later :)
November 21, 2010
November 21, 2010
done. Saw it and liked it.
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review by . November 16, 2010
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Having secured a seat at a local sneak peek premier (all it took was dressing up like Mad Eye Moody!), I had the grand opportunity to check out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I last night.  I must admit that I wasn't a fan of Potter until the first film came out.  After that, I was hooked.  I've gone on to watch all of the films and read all of the books.         Deathly Hallows, as far as I can remember since …
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review by . November 26, 2010
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review by . December 04, 2010
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A major improvement over the previous movie!
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review by . December 24, 2010
Finally! After weeks of anticipation and quiet thoughtful patience, I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1. And may I say, I was not disappointed in the least. It was every bit what it marketed itself to be and everything I expected. I expected an epic penultimate film to lead to the last film, and that's certainly what I got. Some may not agree with me but I think this is the best Potter film to date and I can't wait to see how the second part will top it.      …
review by . December 03, 2010
   So here we are at last. Part one of the last film of one of the best series of movies in a very long time. The Harry Potter series, books and movies both, have been generally very good, very well-received and very profitable. Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is very good. In many ways its better than the first half of the book it’s based on. It tells the tale… well, you all know what it’s about. Harry and friends go hunting down the various parts …
review by . November 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . November 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   Is anyone going to come to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 who is not aware that it is two unfortunate things: part of a series and a tease? If you’ve been in a coma for almost a decade and think that Part 1 means the first part of the series then you will be lost and nothing in the movie or this review will change that. If you cannot read, then explaining, in print that “Part ONE” means that the movie will stop instead of end would be similarly wasted. …
review by . November 18, 2010
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review by . November 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The decision to split the final of J.K. Rowling’s novels into two films was a wise one, for it allows for the inclusion of crucial details that simply couldn’t be cut for the sake of time and pacing. This first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the most faithful adaptation since the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s also just like all the previous films in that it’s spectacular entertainment – provided you don’t mind …
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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
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  •  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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