Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

 

Warner Bros

 

PG-13

 

Plot Summary: Harry and friends are on the run, attempting to destroy Horcruxes, the only way to defeat the evil Voldemort

 

Reason for the Rating: Some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality.

 

Dumbledore is dead, and everyone knows that Voldemort is back. More and more people go missing every day, and the Ministry of Magic is under new management that is on a witch hunt for muggle-born witches.

 

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) decide not to go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They have a serious mission to accomplish: They must destroy the remaining Horcruxes that house pieces of Voldemort’s soul, so that he can be defeated once and for all. But the problem is that they don’t know where to find them or how to destroy them. And Voldemort is growing more powerful by the day.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the first of the two movies that the final Harry Potter book was adapted into. With much fan anticipation and the challenge of telling only half the story, the movie had quite a task to accomplish, but it did it surprisingly well.

 

The subject matter of the movie is quite dark, but Director David Yates does an excellent job of balancing the heaviness with beautiful scenery and cinematography. Unlike the other films, this one is not set at the magical Hogwarts school and can’t rely on any of the nostalgia and grandeur it brings to the movies. Rather, the kids are on the run and camp out in many of the places Hermione remembers vacationing in, such as high mountain meadows. The sweeping scenery lends some light and levity to an otherwise dark movie.

 

Fans of the books also won’t feel cheated by the movie, as it stays much closer to the plot line than the previous Harry Potter movie. The plot is considerably sped up, and Yates does a good job maintaining the fast pace while also giving the viewer some comic breaks and down time. Characters such as Dobby return to the film and add some brief bright spots, and the romance between the young adults also gives some good contrast to their desperate situation.

 

Ultimately, the only problem is that the movie does leave viewers wanting a conclusion, which they won’t get until July of 2011. But all things considered, this movie is fun, suspenseful, romantic, and exciting. 

 

Like the previous Harry Potter movie, this movie is dark for younger kids, with murder, scary images, and intense action. But for the older Harry Potter fans, they will love this movie.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Harry plans to find and destroy the Horcruxes on his own, but Ron and Hermione insist on helping him. Which do you prefer—to do things on your own, or to get help from others?

 

• Why do you think it is important that Harry didn’t go on his own, but had his friends?

 

• Ron is jealous of Hermione and Harry’s friendship. Have you ever been jealous that two of your friends seem to like each other more than they like you? How do you think you could deal with this well?

 

--AV

 

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