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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

November. 19,2010
| Adventure Fantasy

Harry, Ron and Hermione walk away from their last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, putting an end to Voldemort's bid for immortality. But with Harry's beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort's unscrupulous Death Eaters on the loose, the world is more dangerous than ever.


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Very interesting film. Was caught on the premise when seeing the trailer but unsure as to what the outcome would be for the showing. As it turns out, it was a very good film.


It was OK. I don't see why everyone loves it so much. It wasn't very smart or deep or well-directed.

Tymon Sutton

The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.


There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.


There is no doubt that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the weakest entry in the Harry Potter franchise, which furthermore makes me doubt the weird decision of splitting this adaption into two separate films, since basically nothing ever happens in its 2 hour 26 running time.The cinematography is once again astonishing. While not as good as Azkaban's or Half-Blood Prince's cinematography, cinematographer Eduardo Serra does manage to create some beautiful images in this film, but in truth these are images for the sake of being images and not much else, since our three heroes spend hours in some forest in the outdoors while the direction focuses on a couple bits of melodrama & inner struggles, which ofcourse succeeds greatly as a time filler, but in the end it has little context. It starts off with this weird escape from the Dursleys towards the Weasley home ( which i thought was destroyed in Half-Blood Prince, but i guess nothing has to make sense in this movie ), even though the Dursleys was not the place we left off in Half-Blood Prince, making me even doubt how they got there in the first place without the death eaters interfering. Ofcourse, with tension for the sake of being tension they somehow do manage to find the crew when they travel back from the Dursleys, and after some death and injuries they afterwards decide to have a wedding party, which in itself is ofcourse asking for trouble, and it makes little sense in the context of what is happening.We also have a scene at the start to show how 'evil' Voldemort is and how we are supposed to hate him, with some unknown woman who is supposedly a teacher at Hogwarts as captive being killed for liking muggle-wizard connections. Unfortunately, this is not a very subtle way of forcing the audience to direct their emotions of hatred towards him, and since films should always leave that choice to the viewer themselves, or atleast pick a known character to be killed, this scene, like most in Part 1, is a time filler and nothing else.It is a film that is very different from previous Potter films since it seems to be a documentary about forests and outdoor scenery instead of something that is supposed to have an actual plot. The connection between the three main characters has never been worse as it was in the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. All three of them bicker and argue amongst themselves and none of them create any sympathy for the viewer, except maybe Hermione ( Emma Watson ). The biggest problem with this motion picture is that it is simply going nowhere. All the melodrama between Harry, Ron & Hermione is just such obvious filler while they try to charm the audience with its cinematography that it becomes an obvious wasted effort, and after the ending you will probably wonder 'Is that it?', since absolutely nothing happens.It has often been cited as 'Too slow', but that is not the problem at all. The problem is the entire plot is so vacuous of structure and payoff, and while most slow movies have a general core for its narrative or seem to be going somewhere, literally nothing ever brings a payoff in Deathly Hallows Part 1, it simply drowns in all its melodrama and the need to split the novel into two parts. The few action sequences that are there feature a lot of shakycam like Harry Potter has turned into a Jason Bourne film so you can no longer have any idea about what is going on. It hurts the eyes to watch, and it also hurts the eyes to witness this sluggish bunch of nonsense that never goes anywhere.If you enjoy documentairies with great cinematography about forests and general outdoor scenery, this is the film to watch. Otherwise, as something that is not intended as purely a time filler, and having an actual narrative structure, it fails on every aspect, since absolutely nothing seems to happen during the entire course of the film.


After about "Prisoner Of Azkaban" (movie #3), I felt that the movies based on books 4-6 really just didn't do the novels their true justice (especially the "Order of the Phoenix" and "Half-Blood Prince" films). By that point, the books were long past the simpler tales of "Sorcerer's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets", and as a result they inevitably glossed over so many key parts of the series. Fortunately, the movie producers realized that such an approach just would not work for the magnitude of the final Potter installment, and thus the project was split in half. The best choice that could have possibly been made, IMHO.For a basic plot summary, "Deathly Hallows 1" sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermoine (Emma Watson) searching for Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) remaining Horcruxes. While the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts fall pretty much completely under Death Eater control, the trio learn about the Deathly Hallows and the endgame for Voldemort's master plan begins to take shape.There is no lag in this film whatsoever. It starts off with a bang and never looks back (just like the book). Yet, it is not just an "action extravaganza" like I perceived "Order of the Phoenix" to be. It is also filled with nuanced character performances, humor, and a sense of gravitas (provided by director David Yates) that makes the whole experience very well-rounded.Until recently, I really wasn't a fan of the "part one", "part two" concept of filmmaking. However, after seeing the success of this film (and the more recent "Hobbit" trilogy), I now am wondering if perhaps this is the way that books should be parlayed into movies all the time. A film like this allows for many more of J.K. Rowling's little nuances to show up instead of things feeling rushed and glossing over a good many plot points. Had, for example, "Order of the Phoenix" been done this way, I think I would have liked it a great deal more.

Miguel Neto

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 1 is the beginning of the end , and it's a great start this inevitable end , the cast is back , and all are great , Daniel Radcliffe this flawless , the visual effects are great , I really enjoyed this movie , because it's passing further away from Hogwarts , is funny and entertaining moments , David Yates hit full in the film, even I bothering at times of the camera movements , the film is sad scenes , has the return of a loved character has a good rhythm , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 1 is the third best film of the saga, and prepares us for the sad end of one of the most amazing already made ​​franchise. Note 8.8


I have almost finished my harry potter series an I have just watched the deathly hallows part one and ultimately like it's predecessor the half blood prince it is alright but I believe it is a bit disappointing. The premise of the film sees harry, Ron and Hermione going after the horcruxes that give voldermort his power. Daniel Radcliffe is known for his role in these films and he has really matured into a great character. Harry is much darker in this film because of the events of the previous film and Radcliffe does a really good job of making us buy the pressure that his character is under. Hermione and Ron are more pivotal in this film and they are great, you can tell they are growing closer together but they still argue like an old married couple. The three characters chemistry together and development is clearly the best part of this film. Unfortunately though the rest of the supporting characters aren't given any time to shine and come across as forced cameos for the most part. The story has some great character development between our heroes and you really want to see them succeed. However, it does come across as a basic treasure hunt an it just feels like setup for the next movie. The script is allot darker and has some great drama that you actually believe. But it does lack the humour that has made these characters more relatable. The style of this film is better then the previous, there are way more action scenes in this film with the darker tone working for the action scenes. But like the majority of these films it does drag a little bit and this film does slow down at a point quite allot. Overall I thought this was an alright film but it does feel like a setup for the next film which I hope is fantastic.