Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Hogwarts Year 7a

The bright spot in the last two movies ana total change of pace and rhythm for the Potter Verse movies.  Before this point, there has been a certain flow to the Potter movies:  plot device before school, Harry goes to school, plot gets fleshed out, Harry and his friends have a bit of a spat, Harry and friends reunite, Harry and firneds defeat evil.  This one is little… nope it is a lot different.

Plot Synopsis (There Be Spoilers):

We start off with an announcement from the Ministry of Magic.  There is a new Minister of Magic and the Ministry is admitting that Voldemort is back and they are ready to do something about it.  Next up we see that the Dursleys are packing to leave their house and Hermione is getting rid of all trace of herself from her family’s home.  All of this before the credits.  Voldemort is plotting to kill Harry and to do this he needs another wand.  Harry is about to lose the protection that his Aunt and Uncle’s home has provided him for so long and the Order of the Phoenix is going to transport him to some place of relative safety.  Harry, Ron and Herimone have decided not to go back to school and they are going to go search out the rest of the Horcruxes in hopes of ending Voldemort as soon as possible.  In the process they learn more about Harry’s past, Dumbledore’s past and of course meet up with old friends and enemies.  The movie ends with Dobby dying after helping the three escape from the Malfoy manor and Voldemort claiming Dumbledore’s wand.

The Good

Tying the Whole Thing Together – Rowling did this in the book as well as the Director handling this very well in the book.  We are revisiting a lot of things in this movie.  From seeing the cupboard that Harry grew up in to visiting Godric’s Hollow where Harry’s parents lived before they were murdered.  This tying together of all of the pieces of the story is handled with pacing in mind and with a fair amount of story-telling prowess.

The Lovegood’s House – Loved it, loved it loved it!  Exactly as I pictured it in the book.

The Deathly Hallows Story – Telling the story of the Deathly Hallows in shadowed puppetry was a stroke of genius.  It got the point across and allowed the Art Director to stretch his legs and his imagination.  Terrific way to pass this essential piece of information along.

The Bad

Why Did They Have to Wear the Locket – I was never sure why they just didn’t drop the locket in Hermione’s bag and not wear it anymore.  Seems like a no brainer if the locket is screwing up your mind, then don’t wear the locket.

Gryffindor’s Sword – Don’t like it.  Goofy-looking, sad, little sword.

The Ugly

Harry and Ron and Hermione Spat – Plot Device – Once again, we have used the same plot device to move the narrative along.  Ron gets mad and storms off to add some dramatics to the situation.  Ron then shows up just in the nick of time to save the day.  This has been use din every single movie from Hermione getting mad at the boys in the first one until now.

Great movie and the perfect lead in to the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows… Part 2 – But you have to wait a week.