Not even a faulty projector (yes, I dawdled and did not get digital or IMAX tickets for the midnight show) could ruin this experience.
I shall say now that there will be spoilers. I will talk about the movie. You’ve been warned.
Harry Potter 7: The Deathly Hallows Part I was every bit as fantastic as I’d hoped it would be. I know there will be purists that say “well they didn’t do this from the books” and I have my own bones to pick about that. But all in all it was entertaining and enthralling. From beginning to end it kept the action high and moved at a quick pace, just as a finale should.
I’m not going to go over a synopsis because that’s fluff and filler. If you haven’t read the books or seen the movie already you probably aren’t interested in what it’s about anyways. So, instead, I’ll rant.
The opening! The flight from the Dursley’s was excellent. It was very high octane. Lots of spell casting in air. I wish they would have lent to Harry’s propensity to disarm rather than to maim. Perhaps they will later.
I’m very glad they went back to the burrow. I was convinced from the last movie that they wouldn’t go back. The introduction of Bill and Fleur as engaged was a bit jarring (unless I’m remembering incorrectly, and I very well could be. The wife and I planned on watching all the others prior to this outing but didn’t get the 6th one in) if you hadn’t read the books. And I suppose one might say that people get engaged all the time, but the books do a bit more with it and the previous movies seem to cut out Bill all together.
The beginning of the book seemed to take an eternity as they pretty much did absolutely nothing. They sat at number 12 Grimmauld Place for weeks avoiding the prying eyes of the Deatheaters. And then planned the infiltration of the Ministry for a few weeks and then struck. In the movie it all happened within the span of 20 minutes. Granted, things like sitting about waiting for so and so to return safely with groceries or listening to Hermoine go on about how she managed to apparate to the step exactly or camping about in the woods for nights upon end wouldn’t have translated into exciting film… it just felt rushed.
The death of Hedwig, though deeply moving for me since I’d read it, felt glossed over. I completely forgot about Dobby dying. Fenrir Greyback seemed like a total pussy, or he didn’t get nearly enough screen time to be a hard ass. And Wormtail!
In the books Wormtail owes Harry per a magically binding oath/agreement/whathaveyou. Harry saved Peter’s life by convincing Sirius and Lupin to not kill him. When Wormtail makes to kill Harry his metallic gift-hand chokes him out and squeezes the life out of him. In the book Dobby simply stuns him and they leave him in the dungeon. Granted, that would have made for a very very very grim scene. There was enough in the rest of the film, I think, that made the choking seem very passé.
Anywho, I’m really excited for the last Harry Potter movie. The end of Part I was perfect. I won’t tell you what it is. That’s wrong. I worked in a video store for years and it’s a cardinal sin to tell people how a movie will end. I’ll just say it’s perfect. We didn’t stay to see if there was anything after the credits as we have to work in the morning (mere hours from now as I type this article), but my wife and I plan to go see it in all it’s IMAX glory over the Thanksgiving break.
So, if you haven’t yet, go see the movie. And, if you haven’t yet read the book(s). Happy movie watching!