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Old 11-11-2010, 09:30 PM
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Post SnitchSeeker review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Here is SnitchSeeker's review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. Please note: there are a few minor spoilers throughout.



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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 opens with a bleak look at where each of our beloved trio stand at the beginning of the story. We see them isolated in varying degrees, all trying protect their families. This sets the by and large sombre tone right from the off. The film hits all the right notes to hold the plot together and keep the general audience up to speed at the same time. I would say it’s the most faithful film of the franchise – both literally and spiritually.

But it’s also very un-Harry Potter like, in the sense that it’s very grown-up and asks the audience to think about very serious issues such as the notion of racial purity, a kind of fanaticism we would like to think doesn’t exist in our muggle world. There’s also questions concerning loyalty, trust and whether the rules set by government are always in the best interests of the people.

Having said that, the persecution of muggles isn’t as prominent as it is in the book, however the scenes that do feature that subplot are suffice to show what’s happening and the moment Harry discovers his friends are being watched, is particularly affecting. It’s a brief moment, a gem, one of many that is focused on for only a couple of seconds, which may seem irrelevant to the general audience but are crucial story-telling moments for avid book fans everywhere.

There are omissions, unsurprisingly, mostly on the small side, thankfully. One that did stand out to me was the lack of graffiti on the Potter gravestone (in the book supporters leave comforting messages for Harry). It’s a tiny aesthetic detail but when I read it originally, it just seemed like a lovely if small boost for Harry and Hermione during a particularly dark moment. You also don’t really get a sense of people other than our trio and the Order fighting the Death Eaters, Snatchers and Voldemort. There’s no mention of Potterwatch or the attempts at hijacking at Hogwarts by the remaining members of Dumbledore’s Army. Although these could come into play in part 2, in which case I will gladly eat my words. Not much is made of Dumbledore’s past and Rita Skeeter’s attempt at personality sabotage is barely registered – though this was uncomfortable to deal with in reading the book, it seems a theme that all heroes should question their mentors before going on to do great things despite adversity and doubts.

In terms of performance Helena Bonham Carter plays Bellatrix as deliciously desperate to win Voldemort’s affection. Jason Isaacs portrays Lucius Malfoy as if on the precipice of a nervous breakdown – all dishevelled, with a smattering of stubble. Rupert Grint takes us on Ron’s emotional journey towards maturity, beautifully. Emma Watson has some really affecting scenes, most notably with her parents and some fantastic moments of comedy with Rupert. The pair work so well together and I for one cannot wait to see their sparring come to a head in the final film. There are many lovely scenes between Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert and Emma in general – some really nice moments that really encapsulate why readers everywhere are so in love with their characters. During Ron’s abandonment, there are some touching sequences with Harry and Hermione…not to the extent of shipping them but you can see the potential for something happening, had Rowling chosen to write it that way.

Special mention has to go to the way in which the Tale of the Three Brothers is told, through the use of animation with Hermione narrating. Truly gorgeous. Equally, the visions Ron sees, from the locket, of Harry and Hermione, are sensual and eerie, without being too inappropriate. The Seven Potters scene also stands out as a favourite, not least because of the ability to re-watch it time and time again, gloriously soaking in each of Daniel Radcliffe’s nuanced impersonations of Harry Potter’s friends and allies.

Overall, in terms of the film as an adaptation, I’d say that the bits that are there, far outweigh what isn’t – the film-makers struck a good balance between keeping all the key plot points in while also ensuring a smooth and consistent pace. It’s no secret that I cried my way through the book (it began with the dedications, seriously); I did pretty much the same with the film. Although by the end, I was struggling to keep myself from sobbing noisily…I’ll leave you to figure out why. So if you’re the crying type, for Merlin’s sake, TAKE TISSUES!!!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released November 19, 2010, and July 15, 2011. Click on the banner below to pre-order tickets for Part I at Fandango. Tickets are also on sale now in the UK; head over to the Harry Potter official UK Facebook for more information.

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One that did stand out to me was the lack of graffiti on the Potter gravestone.

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Wasn't that on a sign in front of the Potter house? Not on the Gravestone. Anyways, good review.
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Looks like many people cried.. But I never cry while watching Harry Potter movies.
So...I doubt that I will cry..
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I think it'll be awesome.

But it's strange, Ive juste seen a review from the Guardian, and they hated it! that's super dooper not cool.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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even though I'm not the crying type, I'm sure I will, so will take advice of the tissues!
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sounds great!!
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Looks like many people cried.. But I never cry while watching Harry Potter movies.
So...I doubt that I will cry..
Whats with the "...."?

Anyways, I'm sure I would at least shed a tear.

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I think it'll be awesome.

But it's strange, Ive juste seen a review from the Guardian, and they hated it! that's super dooper not cool.
The guy that wrote that review already hates the franchise. So don't listen to him.

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Last film I didn't even realize I was crying until I felt a tear slide down my cheek because I was so absorbed into was going on. I'll stick a couple tissues in my purse.

I'm so glad this movie sounds like it's the most faithful yet!

Harry and Hermione stuff...eesh. I knew from reading the book I was not going to look forward to the locket scene of them but at the end of the day, as long as Ron and Hermione are done justice as a couple, I'll deal.
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Tissues at the ready!

I can’t wait, but I’ve got to wait a couple of weeks sadly before I’ll get a chance to see it.
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The guy that wrote that review already hates the franchise. So don't listen to him.
I was hoping for someone to tell me this. I just can't believe that it can actually be a bad movie. The cast and crew seems to have put all their efforts in making these final movies two beautiful pieces of work that bad reviews are just... impossible!

You know, it would be like putting all your efforts in a math exam and then fail it, even if you studied as hard as it's humanly possible.
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OMG!! I'm so excited!! What a fantastic review!!

I've read a couple of others and they keep mentioning that the middle of the film is slow...so it's nice to read a review from someone who's actually familiar with the books.

I seriously can't wait!!
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Looks like many people cried.. But I never cry while watching Harry Potter movies.
So...I doubt that I will cry..
You will cry.....
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Oh Goodness! GREAT REVIEW! I will have to take two tissue boxes because just the other day I was just merely thinking about it and I started to tear up! Thanks for the warning and I'm so sosososo x2344 excited.
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i dont think i'll be crying till the second film, i cried at the end of the 7th book so hopefully no tears yet!
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Wasn't that on a sign in front of the Potter house? Not on the Gravestone. Anyways, good review.
Yep. The graffiti was on a memorial sign in front of the house, not the gravestone. I was going to say that as well. (I just finished rereading DH, so it's fairly clear.)
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Sigh, I want to peek. I suppose minor spoilers aren't that big and seeing as I've got to wait two weeks after the film releases to watch it. I can give myself a tease.

Edit: Wow, this does seem like a long movie...more Potter I guess. That seems like a lot of things that they try to fit into here for Part I though so I am wondering now why they didn't go into the second film. I'm hoping it doesn't skip through the scenes that I'm looking forward to then. 7 more days + plus two more week... I want the film now.
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Cool. I liked that you said that you think it is the most faithful film so far- makes me SUPER ANXIOUS TO WATCH IT NOW!!!
I have never cried during an HP movie. And I feel terrible because there are people left, right and center bawling their eyes out and I'm just not....maybe it'll change in this movie. I can't wait!! Like, really can't! 8 days left!!!!!
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One that did stand out to me was the lack of graffiti on the Potter gravestone.

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Wasn't that on a sign in front of the Potter house? Not on the Gravestone. Anyways, good review.
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That Guardian guy sounds like a snobbish curmudgeon! I like some of the comments bashing him though. The other reviews released so far have been better, such as the Telegraph and IGN. Some Australian reviewer criticized the "awful knits" they wore while camping, and thought the two movies should have been condensed into one as it was too long (obviously not a fan). I'm curious about how the American reviewers will view it - they seem a little more laid back. Not that it will matter - the movie will make millions. Can't wait for 11/19!
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How about the house-elves especially Kreacher's Tale.. that's my favorite part in the book.

Anyway, you did a great review...
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