Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – what did you think?

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We couldn’t wait to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and we weren’t disappointed.

From the off, though, you’re left in no doubt that this is going to be the darkest episode yet – there are menacing overtones, and some near-heart-stopping moments. And of course, lots and lots of magic.

Much of the film follows Harry, Hermione and Ron as they search for the Horcruxes, and Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are all superb. There are some very bleak scenes, but there’s also a particularly brilliant animated sequence, and a lovely dance between two of the main characters (I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s just lovely). Plus of course spectacular special effects. There are brilliant cameos, too, particularly from Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Helena Bonham Carter.

This film, even more so than any of the others, in my opinion, grips you from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the closing credits. In terms of pace and story-telling, it’s probably the most perfect episode to date. But be warned, some of it is quite harrowing, and for that reason I wouldn’t recommend it for younger children.

Seeing the penultimate film in a much –loved series is always going to provoke mixed emotions. On the one hand you know that soon you’ll be saying goodbye to favourite film characters; and on the other you want to see what happens next. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 leaves you wanting more, but it also prepares you for the end. We gave it 5 stars – but I’d love to know what you thought.

written by Liz Jarvis

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6 Responses to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – what did you think?

  1. Hilary Dickinson says:

    I went with my 2 teenagers (yes they wanted to go with their mum!) straight from school on the opening day. We all enjoyed the film and felt that we really wanted to see the final part as soon as the credits began rolling. The director did a really good job as he made us feel that way. Although we read the book when it came out, we couldn’t remember everything that happened and so my son began reading it again (from the end of the first film) this morning. That’s great in my opinion as he rarely reads for the sake of it these days. The cinema was full, but I was surprised at the ages of some of the children being brought in by their parents – I suspect that the parents wanted to see it and had to bring their children along. Whilst waiting outside for our showing a young girl of about 4 came running to the door from inside the cinema. She was in tears and her mother was having to comfort her. During our screening the very young children at the front were getting very restless. The film has a 12A rating for a reason – if you have very young children I would suggest finding a babysitter if you want to watch the film, or waiting until the DVD comes out. At least if your children watch it then become distressed you can turn it off without disturbing others’ enjoyment of the film. My verdict? 5 stars.

  2. English Mum says:

    Ooh, haven’t seen it yet. I blimmin’ love Rhys Ifans – didn’t know he was in it. I’m intrigued now!

  3. HoniebUK (HonieMummy) says:

    Not seen it yet – want to take my Daughter, but her life is hectic! It’s my favourite of al the books and I’m told, the film that is most like it – so I’m hoping! Although to be fair, even if you haven’t read the books (which obviously is always going to be better) you still get a great story to see. thanks for the post – I can’t wait to see it.

  4. exmoorjane says:

    Hmm, hate to say it but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous films. I thought it was WAY too long (some judicious editing would have been excellent) and the pacing was very patchy. Maybe it’s because it’s one book that has been spliced in two but it didn’t have the satisfying BIG conclusion the other films have had. Needless to say, will still get the DVD when it comes out!

  5. Deer Baby says:

    I really enjoyed it too, although I agree I wouldn’t take a very young child as some of it was really quite scary with a real sense of menace. Helena Bonham Carter’s character scares the living daylights out of me. My son, nearly 11, had to explain bits to me as I am not as up on the whole story as he is and I would have been totally lost if I hadn’t seen any of the others. My only criticism would be that there were just a few too many scenes of Hermione and Harry sitting outside tents, on rocks etc trying to figure the Horcrux clues out but on the whole it was a really well acted (especially Emma Watson as Hermione), thought provoking and stunningly directed film.

  6. jay says:

    LOVED IT. Exceeded my expectations by FAR, having been disappointed by previous films. There is no way I would take a young kid to go see it though, much of it was heart stopping and there were a few moments where even I, hardened film-goer who NEVER cries, had to fight back a tear or two. Easily gets 5 stars from me, would love to go see it again if I get the time!

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