Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned. Written by Chris Green
This is the penultimate of the Harry Potter movies. We’ve watched these kids go from basically elementary school to graduation. I’m always amazed that casting directors can see bone structure in these kids so far ahead of time. This is one of the darker of the Harry Potters. It works very much like a roller coaster ride. There’s a lot of running and bobbing around. If you haven’t seen Harry Potter before, this may be a little confusing. Although, I took somebody to see it who had read none of the books and seen none of the movies, and felt that it was really a charming movie, or at least a fun movie to watch. For me, it was a little bit disconcerting, because it was so much going on. But I think that it, presumably, is getting ready for the ultimate resolution. What I liked about it, probably best, was the angst between Harry and Hermoine and Ron; how the friendships morph and change and what happens when you’re an adolescent, when friends become more than friends, and the rivalry between the two boys. The bad guys didn’t get so much of a hearing in this one. But it certainly is a great who’s who of British actor royalty. I would give it three and a half stars.