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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part I – review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part I

I’m not going to lie.  I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and I feel that what J.K. Rowling has created a fantastic, mind-blowing world.  I feel that the films, up to this point, have been absolutely fantastic as well.  Some have been better than others, but I’ve enjoyed each and every one.  HP7-1, is no different. However, if you’re not a fan of the Harry Potter films, you’ll be completely lost and probably hate the latest installment, which at this point, I would hope you’re not just getting in to them now.

HP7-1, opens with everything in complete chaos in the world of the Harry Potter kids.  Voldemort is back and he is seeking to destroy Harry with a vengeance.  He’s brought all of his minions together to take over Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic and take over the world….bahhhhhhhh.  The kids, and all of the companions they’ve encountered along the way, are on the run and in hiding from Voldemort and his blood thirsty clan.

The final installment of the Harry Potter films is broken up into two parts.  So I knew going into it that there was going to be a lot of exposition and explaining the positions of all the characters involved, and we get that right away, and I didn’t really mind it at all in a quick rehash of the films.  The film continues on after all of this with one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen in any of the HP films as Harry, Ron, and Hermione attempt to infiltrate the Ministry as they take the forms of some passers by.  It’s a scene full of true british humor that kept the film very light amongst all the very dark and seedy, nasty parts.  They must then search out for a sword to destroy the remaining Horcrux’s, and bring Voldemart’s terrible reign to an end.  This however leads to some more exposition that very nearly kills the film entirely.

The kids once again have to go in to hiding and flee to the woods of the land.  Here they talk about their feelings, and Ron gets jealous that perhaps Hermione has more that just platonic feelings for Harry, and blah blah blah.  Total buzz kill.  This went on for almost 45 minutes, nearly boring me into a long, fast sleep.  We’ve been through 6 films already guys, do we really need to go through all of this some more? No we don’t, and I kind of felt cheated.  Let’s make the film two parts, so we can get as much money as possible out of people, and I guess we’ll just have to keep the cameras rolling to make them both as long as possible.

For as boring as the film got near the end, it definitely pays off in the finale of the first half, giving us all the action that we’ve come to know and love.  HP fans will not be disappointed, but this installment is definitely a bit long in the tooth for me at times, and I think I’m finally to ready to see the wrap up of this entire classic tale.

Grade: B-