My wife and I took our kids to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” on opening weekend at our local movie theater. Suffice it to say the movie theater was packed even though we live in a relatively small town.
The previous six films in the “Harry Potter” series have triumphantly led up to this particular moment. Harry Potter’s entire life at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry has been preparing him for the epic showdown with “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named,” Lord Voldemort.
The first two movies eloquently introduced audiences to the world created by J.K. Rowling as well as offered the beginning of a slow evolutionary glimpse of the central characters. Later books and films gradually and effectively show the growing significance and greater purpose of Harry Potter in the wizard world.
I loved the fact “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” begins with pure action. The poignant and emotional moments for the characters we’ve come to know and love over the past nine years are also an exceptional part of this movie.
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) are on a quest to find the horcruxes. These are magical objects created to house parts of Lord Voldemort’s soul so he can be resurrected again should he be killed. It’s a magical insurance policy and Harry must destroy all of them before he kills Voldemort otherwise he’ll continue to return.
The quest to destroy the horcruxes ultimately costs the three main characters their friendship with each other. Every argument amongst Harry, Hermione and Ron grows more and more fierce. You could hear the audience’s thoughts in the movie theater: “No Ron, don’t do that,” or “No, Hermione you don’t mean to say that.” It’s was as if Sauron’s ring has poisoned the Fellowship.
Order of the Phoenix versus Death Eaters
The rest of the wizards are bent on protecting Harry who is the key to killing Voldemort and hence the survival of the world. But Harry has come to realize what his life truly means. His close friendship with Ron and Hermione has taught him no one should be sacrificed for just one person.
The sacrifices of the Order of the Phoenix have already cost Harry dearly and they continue to do so in this movie. Each death of the “good guys” in “Deathly Hallows” is like losing a member of the family.
True to Form
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” is by far the most riveting movie in the series, as well it should be. My favorite movie prior to this one was “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” as the third movie and novel ramps up the action and suspense. That was before Rowling brought us “The Deathly Hallows.”
The first part of this final installment begins and ends with a bang. The scope of the movie is huge and with great actors and performances movie executives have properly realized how important the entire “Deathly Hallows” experience must be.
Kudos to the cast, crew, director and even movie executives for this one. Even with a few artistic liberties taken with Rowling’s work, this movie was unquestionably top-notch and by far the most gut-wrenching of all to watch.
The truth is movies should be entertaining and emotionally poignant whenever possible. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” certainly fits the bill in that regard. This movie is exceptional and ardent fans, such as myself, will walk away feeling as if they have been privileged to see a monumental work of art.
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