Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The beginning of the end of the series keeps its consistency as the movie doesn’t disappoint its loyal followers

movie review by Katrina Tortorici

“All is fair in love and war, and this is a bit of both.”
Part one of the final installment of the phenomenon that is “The Boy Who Lived” was shown at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 in theatres all around North America.

It was utterly gripping, quite comical, and full of unexpected twists and turns for the movie goers who’ve somehow managed to avoid the seven part book series. It is the darkest, terrifying, and perhaps most daring Harry Potter film thus far.

Fans cheered as the familiar gray fog turned into dark clouds and the words that appeared onscreen read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The feeling is daunting from the start, as the viewers witness, all at once, within the first few minutes, the sorrowing sacrifices made by Harry’s friends to save the wizarding world, the parting of a 17-year old home, and a flash of green light emanating from Lord Voldemort’s wand.

The film is devoted to Harry Potter’s journey with his trusted friends to finding the missing horcruxes that make up part of Voldemort’s soul. The former’s frustration and grief due to Dumbledore’s lack of guidance when he was alive builds inside him like a volcano, until he realizes that the solution lies in the legend of the Deathly Hallows.

Director Chris Columbus captured the magic and heart of the first two films without question and Mike Newell expressed emotion that the fourth book might have lacked, but British director David Yates had yet to master a film given the choppy disaster that was The Order of the Phoenix.

For the first time, however, Yates managed to stay completely true to the events of the book and, astonishingly, to most of the dialogue in it, as well. With the exception of a few awkward, almost unfit short scenes (which made the acting in them seem unconvincing), the film in its entirety flowed well and the characters remained lovable, as always.

Emma Watson’s (Hermione Granger) performance, for the first time in many movies, was impressive; she was full of passion that was for the most part, convincing. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) nailed his role as a beleaguered, perturbed boy with the fate of the magical community resting upon his shoulders. Rupert Grint’s (Ron Weasley) consistency in being the comic relief never falters; nonetheless he undergoes an enormous change in attitude for a short part of the film that revealed a side of Ron’s character and Grint’s performance abilities that was altogether remarkable and moving.

A successful portrayal of the beginning of the end, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will jerk your emotions towards suspense and sadness and, all the while, will have you laughing appreciatively at that wonderful wit that acts as lumos in the darkest of times – a treat for those who have stuck with Harry since he was just a boy that lived in the cupboard under the stairs.

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