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November 19th, 2010
The Best Movie and the Worst Movie Ever! The best because let’s be honest, it’s Harry Potter: ‘nuff said. And worst because part two isn’t out until summer 2011. But with a magical sex scene, an animated sequence, and plans from Voldemort and Harry falling into place…let’s just say July 2011 can’t come soon enough!
Click for the full review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1: the beginning of the end of the Harry Potter era!
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes
Release Date: November 19, 2010 TODAY FINALLY!!
In a nutshell: Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is on the hunt for the Elder Wand (the top-line in wizard-killing technology, crafted by Death himself). The Death Eaters dig into every corner of the Ministry of Magic. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are AWOL as they hunt Voldemort’s horcruxes: objects with bits of Voldy’s soul so he can never be killed in battle….cause he’s evil like that. Two were destroyed already: a diary in Book 2 and a ring in Book 6.
That leaves 4 horcruxes to go. All caught up? Good. On to the magical sex scene.
The movie plays up the dark themes of Book 7 well by focusing on jealously and despair. To this date, Harry and friends have usually worked together without any serious issues coming between them. But poor Ron sees a vision of naked Harry and Hermione doing it like they do on the discovery channel as jealously eats away at him. Despair grows amongst the team as they get captured, as friends constantly die for Harry’s survival, and when they’re separated and forced to share the pressure of the war alone. This ain’t year one any more peeps: fun Quidditch games are ovah!
And you know the line never kick a man when he’s down…..well, Harry’s not that lucky: the beatings keep on coming!
The film does not down play the bigger, deadlier picture. While Harry and Voldemort’s epic battle won’t hit the screens until volume 2 we see all of the characters we love to hate begin to take control. Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) tortures Hermione. Lucious (Jason Isaacs) and Draco (Tom Felton) Malfoy capture Harry. Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) is running the Ministry of Magic. And any safe haven Harry and friends have left, there’s always a trap waiting. And their list of allies continues to shrink as another one bites the dust.
It really makes you realize being the chosen one sucks. A lot.
But the movie provides the perfect balance of darkness and light: true friendship shining through. Harry, Hermione and Ron realize to get through the war they need to get it together. It’s the little things like laughing and smiling with your friends that brighten your day. And it’s these moments that brighten the seriousness of the movie. They comfort you as you watch all the horrors they have to fight against. In a story set in magic and spells, there’s a hugely real-life tone that comes out of the emotions of the characters: this is what makes this story, and the franchise as a whole, stand out against other fantasy stories.
Plus, there’s the return of one character that can always put a smile on your face: Dobby!
A first for the franchise is the animated sequence in the movie. I don’t want to spoil what it is, but it fits the mood, tone, and magic of Harry Potter by explaining this important plot point though animation. I don’t think it would have worked live-action or by narration or 3D or CGI or any other way they could have done it. What director David Yates decided on was FANTASTIC!
In my humble opinion, HP7 is a great payoff for fans of the franchise. There’s a group of children and adults that have grown up with the story since book one hit the shelves in 1998. And they’re rewarded as the movie references scenes and characters from the previous films. My advice: watch the first six movies before heading out and you’ll notice and enjoy the small details that much more!
I truly do think this movie will get recognized by Hollywood this year (it took three movies for The Lord of the Rings to finally win an Oscar). But with great effects, a great story and a cast that made it through all seven movies this franchise needs to be rewarded for all the entertainment it’s provided fans over the last 12 years. Check out the trailer below and remember, after you see it, July 15th, 2011 is only eight months away!
Rating: Five Tri-Wizard Cups out of Five!Tweet