Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I Movie Review


One of this fall’s most awaited upcoming movie releases, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, is the darkest of all of the Harry Potter movies. Hogwarts is no longer part of the scenery, and the first flush of youth has disappeared as the characters have matured. John Williams’ original music is also almost nonexistent in this new movie release.

It’s a little uncomfortable to watch Harry, Hermione and Ron take off on their own with no adults to help them out in this new movie. It’s the beginning of the end for the Harry Potter franchise. While this film, tops in the movie news, will have a huge international box office draw, the real wait is for July 15th release of Part II.

A big question about this most exciting of new movies is whether it made financial or artistic sense to divide the final book in the Harry Potter series into two films. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is not the longest book in J. K. Rowlings series – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is – and Part I could easily have been shortened.

More than the other Harry Potter movies, this particular film seems to want to stick as close to the structure of the book as possible which makes it rather long-winded at times. It makes it difficult for the young actors, who are on the screen alone for the first time without most of the character actors they are usually seen with.

Steve Kloves, screenwriter, did have to pull together a lot of the story and a huge array of characters in this film and it will be the same in Part II. It was probably better that he added a little too much rather than left out a little too much.

At the opening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, actor Bill Nighy, who plays Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, intones that archvillian, Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes, and his crew of Death Eaters, has killed Dumbledore at the end of the last movie and are ready for a takeover. Voldemort is hunting down Harry Potter to kill him.

Harry knows this and moves his family, played by Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw and Harry Melling, out of Privet Drive. Mad-Eye Moody, played by Brendan Gleeson, replicates Harry seven times so that the Death Eaters won’t know which Harry is the real Harry.

The Death Eaters are after Harry almost immediately and the chase ends at the home of the Weasley’s, where a wedding takes place.

No matter the movie reviews, every Harry Potter fan around will be on line this coming Friday to take in the second to last saga of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


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