Written by: Darren Camponi
Director: David Yates
Writer: Steve Kloves
Based on the book by: J.K. Rowling
Producer: David Heyman/David Barron/J.K. Rowling
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe/Emma Watson/Rupert Grint/Alan Rickman/Ralph Fiennes/Helena Bonham Carter/Imelda Staunton
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 148 minutes
Since 1997, the world was first introduced to the boy wizard and his adventures which would enchant the world with a further six books. In 2001, those magical books became a movie series and so, after these magical years, Harry Potter is coming to an end, starting with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. Harry, Ron and Hermione are on a quest as they must find the other horcruxes-the secret to Lord Voldemort’s immortality-and destroy them to put a stop to him once and for all. So after watching every single Harry Potter movie ready for this one, I must say that this is the best out of all of them. Not only does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I stay quite faithful to the book, but it also has some fantastic performances from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, as they are the best they have ever been as their characters. They’re much more powerful and emotional and you could really feel that from their extraordinary performances. The cast have all done a brilliant job as their characters, especially Ralph Fiennes, who plays a terrifying Lord Voldemort extremely well and Helena Bonham Carter who was great as the bloodthirsty Bellatrix Lestrange. Another thing that was absolutely brilliant was the special effects as the fights, the magic and the creatures looked realistic and really came to life on the screen, especially the Dementors and the house-elves. David Yates directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and he had done a great job in making great movies out of them. However, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is his best one out of the Potter movies and is, in my opinion, the best Potter movie out of the entire series.
As with the other Potter movies, one of the strong points are the locations used, as the scenery is wonderful and beautifully shot. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I stays true to the story in the book, although there are a couple of details that are either missing from the book or are twisted but, like I have said before in other reviews of adaptations, I haven’t seen a movie that stays completely true to its source material, however it works for the movie. The writing and direction is very well done and the plot is great as we see the trio become more mature and we don’t see them protected behind the safe walls of Hogwarts anymore. They’re out in the world, alone and afraid but determined to fight against the Death Eaters and defend themselves as well as the world from dark forces and it adds a lot to their characters. It also shows the audience how the magical world reaches out to our world and it shows more about the darker side to magic. Overall, if you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books or movies, like me, then I can’t see you being disappointed with this one. Although, if you’ve never read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you may find a couple of things confusing. There’s a couple of comic relief scenes in the movie and a few great fighting and chasing scenes, which are executed brilliantly, but this is mostly about the story and character development which is, as you may have guessed, an epic lead-up to, what should hopefully be, an epic final part.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is definitely my favourite movie out of the entire series at the moment. Everything from the execution of the scenes to the direction is done very well and the performances from the actors and actresses are outstanding. If you’re looking for fighting scenes everywhere then you may be a little disappointed, there might be a few but it’s mostly dialogue and story-driven, however it still keeps you on the edge of your seat sometimes and it still has that same quality as the other Potter movies. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I ends fantastically with some emotional scenes throughout the movie and a great cliff-hanger. This will definitely leave Potter fans waiting in anticipation and will have them marking the calendars for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II in July 2011. Personally, I wish I could use magic so July can get here fast!