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Eloise Ladkin
Upper Sixth
Hallward's House

The Deathly Hallows

The Deathly Hallows

The long awaited first part and penultimate film of the final book of the worldwide phenomenon of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series was well worth the wait. The final book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, entailed our three heroes Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and, of course, Harry Potter, traipsing the country searching for the remaining of the seven ‘Horcruxes’ (pieces of Lord Voldemort’s soul, a consequence of him splitting it in order to be immortal). These Horcruxes are objects concealing the pieces of his soul and, once found, all seven must be destroyed in order to finally defeat Voldemort, the representation of evil in this extremely moral fable.

I saw this film with friends on the day that it came out — Friday 19 November. The film company decided to split the final book into two films; whether this was to increase the building suspense and prolong the ‘Harry Potter’ series’ lifetime or purely to fit it all in from such an important final book, it is not clear. However, the fact that this film was not ‘squashed’ as some believe the other’s to have been, played greatly to its advantage. I felt, and I am sure others will agree, that being so similar to the book itself, this worked in the film’s favour as it felt more like a true depiction of the events, characters and tone; and helped with the understanding for the audience.

There were comic moments, romantic moments and serious moments. In my view, this film, part 1 of the final book, captured the feeling of exactly what the Harry Potter movies should have been all along: gritty, emotional, and cinematic. With dark undertones running throughout, ‘The Deathly Hallows’ very successfully portrays the despair-filled journey of the wizarding trio. There are some enchanting scenes that present the strong bonds of friendship and romance that have developed between the three teenagers throughout their time at Hogwarts, memorably crafted by the spectacular Rowling. One scene that stood out for me was when Hermione was telling the story of ‘The Three Brothers’, where the legend of the Deathly Hallows originated from, and has some of the most beautiful and artistic animation as it tells the story.

To those of you out there who are, like me, fans of the series both in book form and in movie form, I am sure this film has achieved a high ranking approval. For those who are not so familiar with the story, plot and characters yet watch the films for cinematic enjoyment, I hope this film can contribute to increasing your interest into the world of ‘Harry Potter’ which you would otherwise be less than keen to enter.

29 November 2010

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