Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Our Review

We have been waiting years for this, the grand finale to one of the most successful franchises in history. Ever since J. K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997 we waited eagerly for a film adaptation, which came several years later in 2001. Each subsequent film has been well received by fans. And now we are finally at the end. Oh, but there is one problem. It’s only half of the end. Wait…what?

This film covers have of the book of the same name by J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter is on the run from Lord Voldemort, who insists on finding and killing him. Harry now knows that he is the only one who will be able to finish Voldemort. Therefore, he sets off with his friends Ron and Hermione to find the remaining Horcruxes, pieces of Voldemort’s soul, and destroy them. However, many obstacles await before this is accomplished, and it doesn’t help that nearly every witch and wizard in the country is looking for him.

Overall I thought the decision to split the book into two films was a good choice. This would be a bit annoying if the choice was made purely to make extra money. However, doing so allowed the creators to spend the appropriate amount of time to stay as close to the book as possible. This, I believe, is the strongest point of the film. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 stays as close to the book as it is possible for a film to be. Other than a number of small understandable deviations, I cannot complain.

The film takes us to many beautiful and exotic locations. The cinematography is breathtaking and properly reflects the strange unexpected nature of Harry’s quest. The tone of the film is also very appropriate to the plot. The film is very dark and contains many emotional moments that will produce several sniffles in the audience. The suspense and humor are also brilliantly integrated without any awkward side effects.

One of the major problems with the film is that it is too slow. This may have been a side effect of splitting the book in two, thereby forcing the story to stretch to its limits, or it may have been a deliberate decision on the director’s part. Either way it takes away from the story. Several times, I found myself wondering if it was almost over and wishing for some action. Much of the film is spent focusing on one of the three main characters as they mope around for one reason or another. It got a bit boring after a while. It is for this reason, that I felt the characters seemed a bit forced.

However, I would probably agree that this installment in the Harry Potter franchise is one of the best we’ve seen so far. This is due primarily to the heightened suspense and overall loyalty to an already brilliant story. Personally, I look forward to the completion of the end.