Film Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' (2010).(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' (2010).(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)


Rico: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a much-anticipated motion picture event. The audience’s tension was palpable.

Joyce: We’ve all looked forward to the very complex finale of this amazing series. It was a very long book and I think, deserved two films.

Rico: However, the film is dark, cold, very slow, and very long.

It was so much fun to watch the kids grow and mature over a decade, but now they have so much to wrestle with, it has become a downer. I bought into the franchise early, and read the books to keep up with my grandsons, but I was quite disappointed in this film. I thought a much shorter “wrap up” would have been the appropriate way to go.

Joyce: Unfortunately, Rico, that opinion comes from the fact that you didn’t read the last book as I did.

Rico: I can only give it two stars

Joyce: I have to say even though it is a long film–too long at 2 hrs. 27 min., I enjoyed it very much, actually even better than the book. I enjoyed seeing the maturity of these three characters and their acting ability. Daniel Radcliffe, for one, is showing a more nuanced performance. Though it might seem slow to some, it had a lot of territory to cover to stay faithful to the book. I certainly wasn’t bored. 3 1/2 stars

  • Rick Grimes

    I really want to see this film ‘coz it shows how J.K. Rowling closes the pages for Harry and his friends. I am excited for part 2 already!