Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 while being a mouthful is also the long awaited penultimate film in the Harry Potter series. Fans of the book and previous movies will not be disappointed by this latest offering from the wizarding world. The special effects and emotional roller-coaster creating the run up to the finale are brilliantly constructed and shot.
Those who have not read the books, however, will find holes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The protection of the safe house, from Sirius Black’s old house to The Burrow and the wedding scene, is never fully explained. Although the film seems to remain enjoyable in the light of these oversights.
The film takes a new direction from the rest of the series: for the first time the plot is set outside the walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This allows the characters maturity to be realised, outside of their uniforms and teenage social circle as well as the many picturesque scenes of cinematic goodness. Though, the tone of the film has got darker, fitting with the emotional state of mind the characters are in and the looming threat of Voldemort (the bad guy) and his growing power.
Unfortunately, those who are not fans of the book may also find the character’s ramblings to pointless and drawn out over too much of the film, diminishing the action. But this is a deliberate reflection of the film and integral to the plot but not to fear the next film will be providing a lot of excitement and action.
The dreaded end of the film, while emotionally wrenching, also leaves the audience in suspense for the final sequel. The final book being split between two films is justified through the action of this film and the amount of action to come. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 delivers, as best a film can portray, the depth of the book.
Purchasing the latest DVD seems like an action for those who have every previous DVD in the series. As we all know, the release of the next film will see the full box set, extended box sets, blu—ray box sets and any other variety you could wish for. So if you plan this to be your first Harry Potter purchase maybe wait a while and splash out on the collection.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 coming to DVD April 11th 2011.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 coming to UK cinemas on 15th July 2011.
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