Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Welcome to your doom Mr. Potter

Over the years, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has become somewhat of an icon within our society. Whether you love it or hate it, the "Harry Potter" franchise has grown to become arguably the most successful film franchise ever conceived. Not only setting various records, at the box office, the franchise is widely critically acclaimed. Not only that, it also supports one of the biggest fan bases out there, for fantasy franchises. Unfortunately, as a wise man once said, "all good things must come to an end." It seems like it was only yesterday, the world was first introduced to Harry Potter. Introducing us to a world where magic existed right underneath our noses. A world that dazzled the imagination, and left us wanting more. However, it wasn't just a story about magic and sorcery. No, no, no, if you thought that, then you clearly missed the point of each of the films.

No, it has always been an intricate story about one boy's journey into manhood, as he continues to overcome adversity and hardships. It's a story about how Harry Potter went from being a unsure little kid, to becoming a man. Something not all that dissimilar from how many times we have overcome trials and hardships, in our own lives. Often finding the strength within ourselves to overcome various situations, during our lifetime. Granted, the "Harry Potter" franchise illustrates this in a more entertaining and colorful way. However, the message is still quite clear, as it speaks volumes to the heart of it's audience.

Based off the popular book of the same name, Warner Bros. has decided to split the final chapter of the "Harry Potter" series into two parts. Part one respectively coming out around the holidays of this year, while the second part will be shown in "3-D" during the summer of the following year, 2011.

For those who haven't been keeping up with what's going on in the series, then I would highly suggest you'd go back to get yourself caught up. Unlike the previous movies, this film makes various references to the previous films quite a bit; particularly, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Therefore, if your new to "Harry Potter" movie franchise, then I wouldn't recommend this film for you to get started now, as it'll just confuse you. However, I would recommend it to all loyal fans that have been following this series, since it's humble beginnings.

Having said all that, how does "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-part one" measure up to the others? Quite well, as a matter of fact. Although it does alienate any potential new fans to jump into the story, this new film might arguably be the best "Harry Potter" movie to date. The story picks up where "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" leaves off. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has not only managed to gain control of Hogwarts, but he now controls the Ministry of Magic, as well. With nowhere to go, and nowhere to hide, Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned.

With the stakes higher than ever before, the intensity of this film far exceeds anything we've seen in the past "Harry Potter" movies. Unlike the humble beginnings of the first couple of films, this new one has a darker tone by nature. Almost naturally giving the movie a sense of uncertainty, as perhaps there may not be a happy ending this time for our would be protagonist. Perhaps this is one adventure that even Harry Potter may not be able to win... Am I saying that all hope is lost for our protagonists? Certainly not; although this film does give us many reasons to doubt our Harry's chances this time. Then again, isn't that the point of all "Harry Potter" movies? Overcoming adversity and hardships, to the bitter end. Where time after time, we often find ourselves digging deep within ourselves to survive, even though we may not have a chance to win. It's the simple matter that one cannot give up in the face of adversity. No matter how high the stakes are. As the old saying goes, "When you accept the possibility of being defeated, then you already lost." That message above all is one of the main reasons that Harry Potter still manages to stay relevant in our modern society.

Sure, you don't have to believe in the concepts of magic, as the story runs much deeper than that. It's a intricate story about relationships, love, hardships, fear, hope, death, betrayal, and triumph. A wonderful story about a scared little boy growing up to become a man that confronts his fears, even though the world is against him. A universal concept that many of us can relate to in our lives.

As many of you can tell by now, I loved every minute of this movie. Everything from the acting, story and tone of it was simply amazing. Hands down, the best "Harry Potter" film ever conceived. All I can say is "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-part two" can't get here soon enough.

Overall, I'd have to give "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-part one" a three and a half out of four. Although the film is worthy of a four star review, the sad reality is if you haven't seen the past movies, then your not going to understand what's going on. That reason alone is enough for me not to give this film a perfect review, as it has to be accessible to everyone, in order for me to do so. Sure, you can argue all you want saying that all sequels are like that, but not the great ones. For you see, every great sequel has to stand on it's own. Otherwise, it's just another dime a dozen sequel. Take "Godfather II", "Empire Strikes Back" or "The Dark Knight" for instance. Those were great sequels, as they were made in such a way that even if you didn't see the previous films, then you'd still be able to get into the sequel's story anyway. However, that's not to say that this film is bad by any means. As I still stand by my own convictions and say this is by far, the best chapter in the series.


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Abbygail 6 years ago

I love all of the Harry Potter movies.

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

That's good to know. I'm glad you liked them thus far. Hopefully, the final film will be just as good.

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Lexe Charleston 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

I can't wait for the last movie. I have never read the books so the ending will still be a surprise to me! A lot of people I know actually didn't love this movie as much as some of the others--mostly because it was slow-paced and tended to lag in parts. I do think there were some pacing issues and, really, even editing issues. There were many very long, quiet scenes, and I think a few of them could have been cut out without at all interrupting the story line.

Still, I appreciated the quietness of this HP movie, as well as the exploration and focus on their internal conflicts and conflicts with each other. I do agree that this movie would be hard to get into if you have not seen the previous films. I really enjoyed Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. Deathly Hallows was good but I have a feeling the second part will be awesome.

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Wow, in your brief comment, you managed to give a more well rounded analysis of this film, than I did. I'm very impressed. Anyways, I don't disagree with you about the quite scenes and pacing issues, but I think it helped build up the tension of each scene. Allowing for the audience to feel the tension of the characters themselves, as the situation becomes amazingly that much darker. However, I do agree with you completely that I think part 2 will be very good. If anything, I suspect there will be a lot more action sequences in the final sequel. Anyways, thanks for stopping by, as it was a pleasure having you here to share your thoughts with us.

roygbiv 6 years ago

I've read all the Harry Potter books -twice- and I'm not going to say that the 'beginning of the end' was better than the books but it was a job well done. I think they did their best to include all the major details of the firt portion, though there were a few things missed that were in the books a lot more -Hermione's SPEW campaign for the house elves for instance- but, overall, I think the main important events of the book was very well portrayed in the movie. So, good for you, movie people, on a fantastic first part of the last Harry Potter! I hope the next one will be even better still, with an epic ending battle and exciting finish to the years of Harry Potter! :)

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Well that really doesn't surprise me, as a lot of stuff typically gets cut out whenever Hollywood adapts a novel into a three hour film, due to time constraints. However, I appreciate you letting us know your thoughts and for enlightening some of us as to what some of the stuff was missing. Yeah, it is a shame this series is about to come to an end, as it truly is one of better movie series out there.

I appreciate you coming by and sharing your thoughts with us again, and I hope you'll come back and join us when i publish the review of part II of this final chapter in the series. I was thinking of putting up a quiz for you die hard harry potter fans, as it should give you a chance to test your skills about all things harry potter. ;)

roygbiv 6 years ago

Sounds great, thanks! :) Can't wait!

rogybiv 6 years ago

So, who is your favourite Harry Potter character? I would have to say mine is Ron... and Dobby! I also love Fred and George, they're awesome! :)

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Hmm..that's a very tough question for me, as there's a lot of interesting and unique characters within the Harry Potter universe. If I had to pick though, I would have to say I agree with most of your picks with Dobby, Fred and George are probably the most interesting to me.

However, I do like Lord Voldermort a lot, as everyone knows a hero is only as great as the villain he fights, and Lord Voldermort definitely ranks as one of the best villains of all time in my mind. :)

rogybiv 6 years ago

You make a good point. I didn't think of Voldemort when I was writing that. He is a really good villian. Whoever plays him -I feel kinda bad not knowing- does a really good job... he is a very evil villian, that's for sure!

Have you read all the books? Because I don't want to add this next part I was going to if you haven't because it would give away part of it.

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Sadly, I haven't read any of the books yet. Although, I know I probably should have before watching the movie series, but I do plan to once the final movie is released; just to compare the two.

However, it's probably better if you don't post what you were about to say, as we wouldn't want to spoil anything for the readers that might be reading these comments. ;) lol.

By the way, the actor that plays Lord Voldermort is Ralph Fiennes, in case you were wondering. I just hope the final showdown between Harry and Voldermort is every bit as epic as the franchise has been.

rogybiv 6 years ago

That's too bad, they are really really good books! :) I would definitely recommend them. They have soooo much more detail than the movies could possibly fit in, even though the movies do a really good job!

Thanks, I knew his name was something like that. He plays the part very well. I agree, that final showdown better be one of the most intense parts of the entire series as it's what it's all been leading up to and you always know it's how it has to end.

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Your welcome, and thanks for providing us some insights on the book series. I'll definitely be sure to read them the first chance I get. I take it you've read all of them?

rogybiv 6 years ago

Yes, I've actually read the entire series twice! I'm quite the Harry Potter fan! They are really fantastic books and I would definitely recommend reading them to anyone who is looking for a good read that takes you to an entirely new world! :)

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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Wow, it sounds like you might be the series biggest fan from what it sounds like. So I take it you like to read a lot of fantasy based novels?

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