On the evening of Thursday, November 18th, eager Harry Potter fans waited in line to see the midnight premiere of J. K. Rowling’s much-anticipated film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Across the country, over one thousand theaters were sold out from advance tickets sales. The masses of crowds rushed in once the doors were open, and, to their delight, they were very satisfied with the movie.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” was worth the wait of fifteen months, since the film prior to it (“Half Blood Prince”) came out in theaters in July 2009. The producer David Heyman felt that in order to truly capture the essence of the last novel, the book should be broken up into two movies, as opposed to having to shove it all together in two and a half hours. Thus, the film was shot back-to-back and treated as though it was one film. Although it means waiting until July of 2011, it will be very much worth it with Part 1 satisfying our hunger for Harry, and then some!
Following up where ”Half-Blood Prince” left off, the late school headmaster Albus Dumbledore has left our protagonists-Harry, Ron and Hermione-a task to destroy parts of Voldemort’s soul, which he places in various horcruxes (for those Muggles out there, a horcrux is an object that someone places a bit of their soul into once they kill someone. Allegedly, if you divide your soul up enough, you can become immortal).
Voldemort’s power is growing as he and the Death Eaters take over the Ministry of Magic. With the increase of strength, many people are fearful to support Harry’s cause, even though he is the better of the two. In a similar fashion to Hitler, Voldemort seeks to purify the masses and seek out Muggle-born people who are wizards. Interrogation courts are set up, and with the assistance of his Nazi-like Death Eaters, he carries out his plans.
Abandoning their seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the three set out to complete their mission and fulfill the prophecy, which states neither can live while the other survives (that would be Harry and Voldemort). Along the way, Harry, Ron and Hermione encounter many obstacles involving Polyjuice Potion, house elves, and Death Eaters.
Although movie-goers and Harry Potter fans mourn the losses of Hedwig, Mad-Eye Moody and Dobby the House elf, the film surely makes up with lots of comic relief, probably the epitome of humor in all the movies so far. The awkward moments never seems to end, especially for Ron with his vacuous comments.
Closely following Rowling’s plotline, director David Yates outdid himself and really followed through with many minute details. The dialogue really follows along with that of the novel, and anything left out was so minor that it would barely be noticed. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint do anything but disappoint; their onscreen chemistry is amazing, and will continue to grow stronger once the final installment hits theaters next summer.
The dark follow-up of “Half-Blood Prince” lives up to expectations, and really shows how the magical world is morphed from Voldemort letting all hell break loose. Now, in July 2011, it will be up to Harry to take on He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in the last installment of the famous Harry Potter series. The epic battle scene of Hogwarts and the ultimate good vs. evil showdown of the wizarding world will hopefully live up to this amazing, dark, humorous film!