Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’ by Georg


published November 2010
written by Georg


I was in London for business reasons on November 11th and knew I would not make it to Leicester Square for the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Premiere earlier than 4 or 5 pm – so no change to see any stars from close.
However, RG.us staffers Karo and Anna were to cover the event on the red carpet, so it was I who would be the lucky one to attend the press screening taking place at the same time as the red carpet.
At the screening, I received a WB pass and a thick printout about the movie and entered a nice 100 seat cinema with about 50 other press people waiting to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. A WB official gave a short introduction and told us not to write any “reviewish” content about the movie until November 19th (which resulted in laughter) and that we should mail a short comment about the movie not later than 30 min. after the film’s end to WB so they could use it as a ‘first impression’ for their press release after the premiere.

Out of the blue I was in the totally exiting situation of ‘The Deathly Hallows’ beginning to show right in front of me on the big screen. Thanks to RG.us!

Now, what to write and not being reviewish? I’d like to give you some personal impressions I had of the movie and of course this can’t be without SPOILERS – so if you want to get your first sight of the film on your own stop reading here. All the others, who can’t wait – go on.

General: I have to admit Warner Bros. made their very best to create the most sophisticated Harry Potter movie up to now. HP7 will be about 5 hours of filming to one book and this gave the filmmakers the chance to put in many of the details from the book, something the Harry Potter fans were missing in the films 1 to 6.
Furthermore Hollywood put the best techniques into the movie (visual effects galore) they could offer. And finally the kids are grown up actors now, very skilled and hungry to show their best in this last movie. The older actors are the best ones Britain has to offer, and they did their very best (as already in the former HP films). The storyline is great, though impossible to understand for someone who didn’t read the book(s). It’s the darkest one so far (as we all know from the book) and the movie transports this perfectly to the audience. Some scenes come very close to the best of horror films – even the mostly mature press reps had some situation ‘pushed back into their seats with shock’. It’s definitely not a family movie anymore – younger kids will surely have nightmares after watching.

Detail: The movie starts with short scenes of the Three leaving their homes (including a very touching scene with Hermione which isn’t in the book), followed by a wonderful Bill Nighy as Minister of Magic announcing the ‘dark times’ very impressively. Part 1 ends with the Three escaping from Malfoy Manor and a final scene of Voldemort stealing the Elder wand out of the grave of Dumbledore. I don’t want to give away too much of all the scene details in-between (non ‘reviewish’, you know 😀 ) but I especially liked the scenes at Malfoy Manor (all rooms held in black with dark coloured classical style furniture), one with Voldemort (again very convincingly played by Ralph Fiennes) explaining the new situation to the death eaters (with a very uncomfortable Malfoy family) and the other one when the Three and the Lovegoods get tortured by a much better feeling Malfoy family (and a perfect interaction of Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Watson). Breathtaking is the situation when the Three are in the Ministry of Magic (played by like-looking grown up actors). Some depressing scenes happen at Sirius’ house with the Three including a reunion with Kreacher (and Mundungus). Though there is a beautiful ‘sleeping scene’ with the three including Hermione and Ron nearly holding hands while asleep. In between all the threatening situations the filmmakers also managed to squeeze in some moments of relief and even humor like Harry and Ginny being caught by George while sharing a kiss at the burrow and Ron’s hilarious ‘don’t tell Hermione, I said that’ and some more comic remarks. Also the filmmakers added beautiful landscape-scenes to the movie (which could be done easily because they are on the run). Also very impressive are the fighting scenes, especially when Harry is attacked by Nagini and Ron has to destroy the horcrux. It’s definitely 2 ½ hours of very exciting and very touching entertainment, quite close to the book and it’s many characters and facets.

Ron/Rupert: He got many scenes within the movie to proof he became very professional with acting now. As we got used to in Wild Target and Cherrybomb, he added so much to the role of a meanwhile nearly grown up Ron and not only comic sidekick to Harry anymore, but an individual who is developing into his own independent life. There is the arguing and finally the fighting with Harry on one hand and the more and more emotional relationship with Hermione on the other. Rupert acts very convincingly in the film (which he did already in HP 6 in my opinion).
And we get a lot of wonderful images of Ron/Rupert during the film (though I don’t like his haircut too much). There’s also the scene in the film with a splinched, topless Ron lying on a thick layer of leaves showing off a marble white chest and Hermione kneeling aside, healing Ron’s bleeding wounds.

All in all, the movie is a successful translation of the first half of book 7 with perfect filming techniques and an outstanding team of actors. I enjoyed watching it very much!



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