Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I


Part one of the climactic finale of the Harry Potter series (JK Rowling's last book, The Deathy Hallows, has been split in two for the movies).... More

Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction – the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale – the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Now Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Joining the cast is Rhys Ifans (as Xenophilius Lovegood), Ciaran Hinds (as Aberforth Dumbledore) and Bill Nighy (as Rufus Scrimgeour).Hide

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We are finally, kind of, at the end of the Potter series, and what distinguishes the penultimate episode from the first is just how much has changed. These are dark times indeed. There’s no visit to Hogwarts, nor any Enid Blyton-esque boarding school joviality; all has been overshadowed by a gloomy cloud of despair.... More

As a disclaimer: this reviewer finds J.K. Rowling’s The Deathly Hallows novel to be a weaker entry, an ungainly conclusion to what began as light-hearted fun. Chapter after chapter passes without incident, a seemingly never-ending camping excursion across Blighty where the central trio sit around mulling over what to do next.

The film adaptation doesn’t really fix those issues. Part one is still the least interesting, the bit that continues the exposition from The Half-Blood Prince and teases us even further with the promise of an explosive finale that will finally, actually, literally conclude the series.

The good news is that a lack of momentum allows The Deathly Hallows: Part I to revel in atmospheric tension. This really is a more grown-up affair, and very scary, whether with the Dark Lord’s manipulation of his minions in Malfoy Manor, or in Bathilda Bagshot’s reptilian stare. Most frightening of all might be the sight of two lead characters in a naked embrace, pashing.

Director David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince) continues to stretch the series. Alexandre Desplat’s brooding score shifts the tone, the acting is much stronger (Peter Mullan’s Death Eater Yaxley is awesome), and a clever animated section retelling the Tale of the Three Brothers is a creative touch.

But despite the strengths of this handsome, unsettling entry, a slavish devotion to the source material will alienate Potter newbies (although one might assume it doesn’t matter by now). The film’s final stretch waffles on about wands and wand makers, characters appear out of nowhere, a trip to Harry’s birthplace is bafflingly pointless, and then it just… ends. As is tradition for these films, it’s a good fifteen minutes too long.

Fans will likely forgive the slow pace and the lack of drive. What we all really want is Harry vs Voldemort and we’ve still got eight months to wait.Hide

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BY ps2tan lister

I enjoyed the other movies except for the god awful fifth movie. This movie was ok but seemed to be too slow. I've read the book and know that the next movie is going to be much better.

I'm so in love with the Harry Potter films. These are the films that made me want to be a film maker! They are so beautiful, magical, emotional, colourful, fun and humorous. And from a film making point of view... I think the cinematography is AMAZING, so beautiful! And this in particular film was very interesting. I did miss Hogwarts a bit... But it was nice in the 'real world'. Kinda made the whole thing more real feeling I guess.

BY Gansqa wannabe

Was a good movie. Being a new HP fan and watching the whole lot in a row, this movie didn't disappoint. Will be waiting for the next one. :)

BY BrionyJae superstar

I am the hugest Harry Potter fan, but even I was skeptical when I heard they were going to chop Deathly Hallows into two parts. Turns out it was a brilliant idea, because they were able to be very faithful to the book, and develop the character relationships in such an interesting way. And gosh, was Dobby the star of the film! :D A great lead up to Part II!

One of the better Harry Potter films, this is a solid lead up to what will likely be a grand finale.

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The Press Reviews

  • The first and third acts are over-busy; the middle one moves like an arthritic house-elf. Still, a decent smattering of magic moments and tension's pumped up sky-high. Bring on Part 2. Full Review

  • Try as I might, I can't shake the suspicion that these films are too obviously built for purpose and too lacking in wit, warmth and humanity to survive much beyond the moment. Full Review

  • This grim beginning-of-the-end odyssey has a very different feel from any of its predecessors -- a development slightly more disconcerting than it is welcome. Full Review

  • The thunder before the lightning; the rumble on the tracks... Passable and occasionally potent, but a towering great tease that has no right to exist in isolation from the latter - better - part of the story. Full Review

  • Director David Yates spins the series' most expansive, structurally free-form chapter yet -- lumbering and gripping by turns, and suffused with a profound sense of solitude and loss. Full Review

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