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November 23, 2010 > Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

By Jennifer Gau

Expect the movie to be a long one; all the clues point to it. The previous movies, directed by David Yates, were a minimum of two hours. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is also the thickest book (with 759 pages) of seven that J.K. Rowling wrote. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series are popular for their magical action-packed mysteries. In this installment, the old crew - Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) - embark on a journey to find and destroy the last horcruxes. They are constantly teleporting from place to place because Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) hooligans are hot on their tails. Finding the horcruxes are not easy, but luckily Dumbledore left them some small clues in his will.

We see Harry barely holding onto hope with his comrades who become fugitives with him. The weight of the world is on Harry's shoulders. Only he or Lord Voldemort may survive in the world, and eventually they will face each other for the final battle. Harry needs to avenge all those innocent lives that Lord Voldemort has taken the in past, and preserve all those that he might take in the future. Good friends are priceless and there to help through even the toughest of situations. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are still teenagers with raging hormones. Although Ron gets jealous and lets his emotions affect his decisions, he comes back to his senses when Harry needs him most.

Sound and music amplify the magical events in each scene which is important for its fantasy genre. For example, the locket horcrux sends out a small scream every time Harry or Hermione tries to cast a deadly spell on it signifying some hidden enchantments on the item protecting it from destruction. The characters are panicked and rushed through many scenes which Yates does well with transitions when necessary. Whenever Harry gets a glimpse at what Lord Voldemort is up to, Yates differentiates those scenes as only moments that Harry needs to be tormented with by blurring the edges of the scene and changing the colors to a grey tone.

Anybody following the Harry Potter series gains a little confidence within themselves. Harry Potter, as a character, is popular because he sends the message that no matter what role you play, as long as you fight for what's right, you can be a hero. Lord Voldemort represents evil in pure form. He is always searching for ways to become immortal and kill all the non-magical people in the world. This time, he is collecting the Deathly Hollows to solidify his existence and defy death. The audience will have to wait until "Deathly Hollows Part 2" comes out next year to see the outcome.


Runtime: 2 hour 30 minutes
Rated: PG-13

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