Harry Potter – The Penultimate Film

The much-awaited journey begins with the fear of what is to come in the penultimate film of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.

The story starts with the fear of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

For the first time we see Hermione’s parents but unfortunately it is at a time when their memories of their daughter were being erased.

We see Fleur and Bill’s beautiful wedding which is interrupted by a death eater attack and then the dangerous times begin. Will they find the real Horcrux and the identity of R.A.B. and what is the tale of the deathly hallows?


The film is full of excitement, comedy, danger and uncertainty. Alan Rickman does a fantastic job of acting Snape because he has such a suspicious face that makes you question whose side is he on, but we will never know till the end.

The Air Ambush was fantastically exciting and scary especially when there was the motorway battle. The amazingly complicated filming process of these scenes is explained in the special features available on the DVD release.

The fight with Nagini is intense and terrifying and most exciting part is when the transformation of the woman to the snake which is also explored in the special features.

The scene were Doby dies is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen and cried because he was such a good little elf.

The last scene with Voldemort was dramatic because of the breaking of the tomb of Dumbledore and the elder wand making the storm in the sky. It left us wandering what was going to happen next?

There is new composer working on this film its Alexandre Desplat who is one of my favourite composers for film and in the special features he talks about how he starts off with an arc of the film to build his score. The score has a great eerie effect and always follows well the events in the script.

The scene in the forest where they are running from the snatchers is really fast paced and in the special features they say they are all having a race and competing against each other and who’s the fastest. Its funny how they all brag about how fast they are but I have to say that Hermione (Emma Watson) is the fastest.

There is promotional video for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park in Disney World in Florida. I can’t wait to visit especially Honeydukes Sweet Shop. They give us a feel of what they do in their spare time together which was a round of golf were you see Rupert, Tom, Oliver and James competing against each other which is funny.

The scene where there had to be seven Harry’s was hilarious and broke the record for the number of takes on one scene. It was interesting to see how they filmed  the scene and how Daniel had to mould into all these different characters each with their own mannerisms. It showed what a great actor Daniel is. It gave the others a chance to not only boss Daniel around but to direct him on how to play their character.

The tale of the Deathly Hallows was done in animation it was simplistic which made it expressive and powerful to watch.

Overall this film is outstanding and full of surprises in many ways. It always draws you closer to unpicking the threads that are unknown and seeing what lies beneath them.

Film Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow – Part 1

© 2011 Emily Claire Cannings

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