At Number 6…Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1Posted: January 18, 2011
In 2010, the long awaited first half of the Harry Potter finale hit the cinemas. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Ruper Grint) return for the beginning of the end, in the first half of the Seventh adaptation of the books by J. K. Rowling. The trio return, along with the rest of the usual characters, in a desperate bid to find the last of the remaining Horcruxes, in the hope that they will finally be able to stop He Who Must Not Be Named…also known as the malicious, Dark Lord.. Voldermort. In his quest to find the remaining Horcruxes, Harry and pals stumble upon the existence of 3 items, which they soon realise are the most powerful items in existence, The Deathly Hallows. The race between Harry and Voldermort has just intensified, as Harry must now stop Voldermort from obtaining The Deathly Hallows, which will have inevitably dire consequences for the whole world, allowing Voldermort to subsequently become ‘‘The Master of Death’. Scary stuff.
I will be honest, I was quite excited for this, but by the time I had left the cinema, although happy, I did not really feel satisfied. However, upon thinking back on it, it was a great film, with just a few small areas which I found slightly disappointing. For one, the film was very slow, in that it took quite some time for things to kick off. There was a lot of slow progression, with not much really happening at many parts, which kind of got boring at times. However, I think these parts were quite important nevertheless, and in hindsight, were quite interesting in representing the development of each of the main characters, and how they slowly began to become overwhelmed by the importance of their journey, and how much is at stake, but also how they managed to endure through some of their hardest of times, and eventually, get back on track.
However, whenever the interesting scenes came, they were definitely enthralling, keeping your eyes glued to the screen. The movie was also quite heavy from a comical aspect, like the previous films, which I quite enjoyed, with some of the scenes having me involuntarily laughing out loud; and I felt that the comical aspect didn’t over-do itself into ruining the darkness of the film, as the gloomy feel to the storyline was still definitely there, and probably stronger than ever. I feel the action scenes and any crucial scenes were evenly placed within the storyline, which was also firm and present throughout the whole movie, making constant progress, towards Part 2 of the movie, although I do think it could have had a little more action like its predecessors..although I’m sure they’re saving the best for the second movie.
I haven’t really read any of the books as I’m not a huge reader. However, from what I have heard from avid Harry Potter fans, although many of the seemingly essential parts of the book were not portrayed, the movie generally represented the book quite well; particularly with the scene in which The Deathly Hallows are being explained, which I also found particularly enjoyable, due to the unique, animated manner in which it was presented.
Overall, although there is some room for improvement in Deathly Hallows Pt.1, I quite enjoyed it, with an interesting portrayal of the characters’ personal development and journey throughout the film, and how they have changed since the previous movies. And although at times it was somewhat tedious, and the ending a little annoying (although it is only Pt.1 to be fair) I still enjoyed it, and thought it was a good build-up to what I feel will be a brilliant conclusion..In fact, I’m pretty sure Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 will be awesome.
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 will be hitting the cinemas on 15th July this year, so put it in your diaries..which I’m sure many of you will have already done. Stay tuned for the first of our top 5, which will be revealed tomorrow.
By Manpreet Singh
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 becomes 10th highest-grossing film worldwide (filmonic.com)
- ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2’ Debuts Its First Bloody Image (moviefone.com)