Movie Review: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I”

by Peter Lyden

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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part I is the first part of the two-part epic finale movie in the Harry Potter series.  It came out in theaters for six weeks during the Thanksgiving holiday season.  It premiered on Friday November 19, 2010, and Part II will come out on July 15, 2011.  It was one of the most anticipated film of the holidays.

Poster for the highly-anticipated concluding film

When released, it rivaled other film epics such as  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Little Fockers and other cinematic favorites.  However, this did not slow Harry Potter fans down.

In this movie, Voldemort gains strength and takes over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts School. Harry Potter’s mission is to destroy all the horcruxes to defeat Voldemort.  A horcrux is a powerful magical object that embodies parts of Voldemort’s soul that grants him eternal life.  The Deathly Hallows are commonly known as Voldemort’s uncovered horcruxes and the three spirits of death that Voldemort is looking for to become more powerful.

Part I only consists of Harry, Ron, and Hermione beginning their journey to find Voldemort’s horcruxes and concludes with Voldemort retrieving the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave. Part II consists of Harry, Ron, and Hermione finding the rest of Voldemort’s horcruxes and concludes when Voldemort finds out about their search and the biggest battle ever occurs.

This movie is incredibly dark and intense, perhaps even more so than previous films.  The movie is directed by David Yates.  Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay based upon author J.K. Rowling.  The main stars of the movie are Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort).

It is indeed one of the most anticipated finales of recent cinematic history; don’t miss out!

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