Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

19 November 2010

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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two full-length parts.

Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes.  On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever.  But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord.  The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them.  But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter.  The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive.

Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him.  But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows.  And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “the Boy Who Lived.”  No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is directed by David Yates, who also helmed the blockbusters “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”  David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, again produced the film, together with David Barron, and J.K. Rowling.  Screenwriter Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the book by Rowling.  Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.

Heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The film’s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

Behind the scenes, the creative team was led by director of photography Eduardo Serra, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Alexandre Desplat, costume designer Jany Temime, and visual effects supervisor Tim Burke.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which marks the last film of the most successful motion picture franchise of all time.  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” will be released worldwide starting November 19, 2010, and “Part 2” starting July 15, 2011.

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"All three leading stars prove themselves admirably"

The first part of the last for the Harry Potter films hits UK cinemas this Friday. It's dark, it's gloomy, and I'm afraid to say, it's a bit disappointing. It looks great but next to some others in the series, it's predominately a placeholder until we finally get to the long-awaited climax. The film opens boldly, "These are dark times, there's no denying," intones Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy) in intense close-up, acknowledging the fact that archvillian Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his Death Eaters are on the verge of taking over.

In this installment, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) set out to find the remaining Horcruxes in an attempt to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort. The death of Dumbledore has shaken the wizarding world and the Death Eaters are growing in power. As the dark wizards take control of the Ministry of Magic, good wizards suffer and Harry and his friends find themselves outside the law. The trio exile themselves in an effort to hide from the Dark Lord. His henchmen hunt them across the British countryside with strict orders to bring Harry Potter back to Voldemort… alive.

All three leading stars prove themselves admirably, doing the best they can with the material. Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, in particular, are good. Unfortunately, some scenes feel rushed and incoherent but despite these issues, this was a quality film at the core and the cinematography is no less than beautiful. There are several creative and dramatic shots throughout the film, so that even if one gets bored, you could just stare in awe at the scenery.

It’s nice to see Ron’s character used as more than just an engine for comedy. We finally see the angst, darker side of Ron. Jason Issacs and Helena Bonham Carter both own every scene they’re in (although they’re sorely underused this time around), with Jason’s completely broken and downtrodden Lucius Malfoy a particularly brilliant turn for him. It's also nice to see character favourites of mine return, Dobby and Luna.

David Yates delivers a jet black tone with effects that are at times breathtaking. Not perfect, but a very impressive ‘beginning of the end’. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 hits cinemas on November 19, while the final Harry Potter film is scheduled for release in July 2011.

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  • Release Date
  • 11 April 2011
  • Technical Features / Extras
  • Format: Anamorphic. Colour. PAL. Subtitled. Widescreen
  • Language English
  • Subtitles: English. Bulgarian. Hungarian. Romanian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12