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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Thursday, 25 November 2010 12:38

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1In my opinion the Harry Potter series is a modern miracle. Not only did J.K. Rowling’s beloved boy wizard revive an entire genre of children’s literature – it brought children and adults alike back to books. Now “Young Adult” fiction is hotter than ever. And Harry’s magic didn’t stop there, but spread to the silver screen as well. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marks the seventh in a string of adaptations that have been (almost) every bit as good as the books!

Everyone talks about them but no one seems to realize what an incredible achievement these films are! Spanning an entire decade, with a release rate of almost one film a year and starring the same cast who have grown up on screen before our eyes – in the beginning I would have thought it too good to be true. But filming is wrapped and the faces we knew and loved stayed on board, developed their talents and are better than ever.

All grown up: Harry, Ron and HermioneThe film picks up with Harry being whisked away by his friends to a “safe house” since Voldemort is now stronger and searching for his nemesis. With Dumbledore gone corruption is rampant in the Ministry of Magic and muggles (regular folk) are free game for the Death Eaters. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are forced to leave behind everything they know and love and set out to destroy Voldemort once and for all.

Ralph Fiennes as Lord VoldemortThis seventh installment is a prelude to the conclusion of the series, and it feels a little like it. We know it is setting up for that big final act. But the book has been well divided and enough happens in Part 1 to satisfy and not leave you hanging too much. I can’t wait to see Part 2 but I certainly don’t feel ripped off by Part 1! The acting is fantastic by everyone involved and the supporting actors are a dream cast. Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Rhys Ifans; the list goes on and on.

We are also treated to more of the sappy stuff – blossoming romance, jealousy and some heartbreaking scenes as well. I loved every moment of this movie and anxiously await Part 2. But I won’t have to hold my breath since, after seven great movies, I know number 8 will not let me down.


Directed by David Yates, Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

Based on book 7 in the Harry Potter series, it was divided into two parts so that nothing important to the story would have to be cut out.

Part 2 is scheduled for a release date in July 2011.