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May 26th, 2018

Harry Potter The Deathly Hallows Part 1 Review

Never mind the feeling you have as you walk out of the theater after seeing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”. It is completely normal. It’s what happens when you see a movie and the bad guys pretty much win. To make matters worse, there are a few things that could potentially leave you with another feeling. The best way I could describe it is that it’s like going to a great restaurant and having some delicious soup, an amazing salad, and then right when you expect the big juicy steak entree to come out, well, that’s when the lights turn on and they tell you to go home.

Unfortunately, the best thing that the first part of a two part tale such as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” has going for it is also its worst. While being completely entertained and enjoying the movie, the truth starting creeping up on on me the further we went. They are going to stop aren’t they? At some point, this movie will end and I’ll be left hanging for another eight months.

So what is the best and worst part? The fact that the creators of this beautifully crafted movie have taken the time, effort, and energy to break up an extremely long book into two movies because they felt that they needed the time. This is fantastic because in perhaps a year’s time, I’ll be able to sit down and watch Part 1 and Part 2 back to back, creating what I’m sure is will be an up and down five hour thrill ride. However, those same creators have left me desperately wanting more this very night, almost making me think less of the movie. That is what makes this terrible.

It’s just that as a fan of the movies, this is the first time one has ended and I felt like there just needed to be something more. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very entertaining movie. However, it may only be entertaining to someone like me, who would watch a movie with these characters if they only sat and watched paint dry. It would probably be a frustrating bore to people who are not really into the story so far.

It’s difficult to summarize a movie like this as you have to be expected to know what has happened in seven previous films. Basically, Harry, Hermione, and Ron, for the first time in the franchise, do not go to Hogwarts. Instead, the three of them embark on a quest to find several mysterious objects called Horcruxes, which hide pieces of the big baddie Voldemort’s soul. Once these Horcruxes are destroyed, only then can Harry fight and kill Voldemort as he is destined to do. Along the way, there are some very genuine thrills, some unexpected scares, plenty of humor, and lots and lots of heart.

At the center of all of these movies are the characters, Harry, Hermione, and Ron. In fact, my least favorite part of the movie was when the threesome was broken up for a short time. This really is a testament to how fantastic Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have been in these roles. Considering they’ve been playing them since they were small children, they can probably step into these characters in their sleep. Can you even imagine how terrible these movies would have been had Warner Brothers not completely hit the jackpot on all three of these young actors?

There is no doubt that if “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” is your first foray into this wizardly world, you will not like it. Director David Yates and writer Steven Kloves don’t try to explain away why there are seven people disguising themselves as Harry Potter. Actually, they don’t even worry if you ask, “Who are these people and why do we care?” It’s apparent that this movie, more so than any of the others, was made specifically for fans of the movie franchise. It may even have been made with the idea that everyone in the audience has read the book. To be honest, this final book has so much build-up towards the climatic battle at Hogwarts that filling this movie with backstory would be an injustice to those that have been there from day one.

So we all have to wait until July of next year for the final chapter of this fantastic tale. If Part 2 continues the tension, drama, and thrills of Part 1, then there is really no way it can disappoint. In fact, the only reason I left “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” disappointed is because July seems so damn far away.


  1. It was a great movie. It was so similar to the book and was exactly how I imagined the new characters and scenes. They did the 3 brothers story scene extremely cleverly and it added something new to the film. It’s definitely different than the others and is much darker. 5 out of 5 for this one and I completely support the 2 part decision. From what I’ve heard, part 2 is going to be the action packed movie so it will be better than this one. Can’t wait!!

  2. H Elgiadaa

    It was amazing! I love how they did the 3 brothers scene. It was clever and and fascinating to watch.
    The only things I didn’t like were that they pushed the Harry and Hermione, brother and sister, love thing.
    Because people who haven’t read the book are going to be confused as to who Hermione likes, Harry or Ron.
    I have read the books so I understand. Can’t wait till July!!

    R.I.P. Dobby, Hedwig and the rest who perished in Harry Potter and the deathly hallows Part1.

  3. Jamaaljasper

    I’m sorry, however ensconced fans may be into this saga, this movie was bad. Can’t producers of movies use something other than nightfall and clouds to portray evil anymore? The ploy is old. This story line was also insipid and found myself dozing off more than once.

  4. Brainless Einstein

    why didnt they kill wormatail the way it was meant to be done……i think because the audience wouldnt understand that why wormatails hand is acting of its own accord….movies is a superb hit for the ones who have read the book…..and i agrree with you all that the 3 brothers scene and harry dancing with hermione were very great..!! hats off to director and the entire team..!!

  5. number one saw fan ever

    it was so funny rip doby mad eye hedwig and i love the move it had so many funny scene

  6. Slick

    I found it annoying that they shortened/changed so many of the original story. A major inconsistency for me was the fact they did not take Nigellus’ portrait with them (or at least they did not show that). Because of this, they could have never found the sword in the lake according to the original story. Would like to see how they fix that in the end. Besides that a very nice movie, especially the animations.

    • Dumby Dobby

      I guess that’s because they never showed Nigellus in the 5th movie……’re right, I would have liked that, too. But I didn’t expect them to follow the original plot like that anyway.

  7. Susan

    For once this series is good. Because to me 2, 5,6, 3, 4 movies were just stupid, boring, dragging, no excitement, and hardly any magical about Hogwarts, except for the 1st one. Not only they were terrible, but a lot of the main characters were just annoying, except for Snape and Voldemort. Plus after the 3rd movie, it had the same dark cloudy, murky, color in the movie, could they at least make daylight a bit more bright! I had to go to those movies because my mom didn’t have anyone to go with. But after seeing part 1 of this movie, it’s actually pretty good. Because, most of the main characters are not as annoying much in this movie, a little dark (a lot of the people said the 6th movie was going to be darker, well when i saw the trailer, it didn’t feel as dark, and the when i saw it, it wasn’t even that dark until the end of the movie), more action is what they really need to balance the long dialogues, that was a major problem in the previous films, and the reasons that the 3 friends did, makes total since, and each of the characters in this film has developed. I hope that the last part will be good.

  8. Dumby Dobby

    I completely agree with you that this movie is made soley for the people who’ve read the book through. I, who read all the books from cover to cover, thought the seventh movie was much better than the 5 and 6 of the series. However, my mom and dad who are pretty much ignorant when it comes to the series, couldn’t laugh at the right points and sometimes couldn’t understand the significance of a important scene. Also, I think that they could have shown us more about Kreacher, and that they shouldn’t have put Harry dancing with Hermione. Harry is not supposed to be in love with Hermione-it’s all supposed to be a misunderstanding created by Ron’s jealousy and growing fear and frustration between the trio under the pressure- but they made it look that way because of that dance. And Harry should have told Ron, like, “I never loved Hermione like I would love my girlfriend” or something. Another missing thing from this movie was that they never put much emphasis into Dumbledore’s life. In the book, Harry feels confused, even cheated as he finds out more about Dumbledore’s past and this is also very important in the whole plot of the story because Dumbledore’s past has a lot to do with the Hallows themselves. Other than that, this movie exceeded my expectations- my standards were kind of low after the misinterpreted 5 and 6-and I guess I kind of liked it, yeah.

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