Harry potter and the deathly hallows: part 1

Following six years of near-death experiences and a war brewing in the wizarding world, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the beginning of the end for Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint). After the untimely demise of Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), our beloved trio who are left on their own must begin their tìm kiếm for the keys khổng lồ destroying Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) — the Horcruxes that contain pieces of his soul. Unable to return khổng lồ Hogwarts & finish their schooling, given that Voldemort và his Death Eaters have taken over every powerful location in the wizarding world, Harry and his friends are tasked with staying hidden, safe, và somehow destroying their seemingly unbeatable enemy.

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Surely a controversial opinion; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the best film in the series. Yes, even better than Prisoner of Azkaban. Given that the final book was split into two films, the first part has more time lớn breathe & is able to translate more of the book onto the big screen. On all accounts, slowing things down & splitting the finale into two parts truly worked in favor of the series. And of course, who could forget that animated scene telling the story of the Deathly Hallows.

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Most notably, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is a much deeper dive into these familiar characters và their relationships with one another. Given that much of the film is spent with Harry, Hermione, và Ron camping out or planning a new adventure together, moviegoers are able khổng lồ see how close they really are. In the other films, the relationship between the trio (while still incredible) felt a bit superficial because the focus given to lớn them was not nearly as detailed as the books, và they were often too distracted khổng lồ just bond. During this film, we can actively see the toll that this journey is taking on them, individually, and in their relationships with each other. We see how strong their love for each other is, but we also see their relationships tested.

There had been cracks in the trio’s friendship before, like when Ron gets angry with Harry in Goblet of Fire, with Ron accusing Harry of not telling him about his entry into the Triwizard tournament. But, could anyone really watch that và be on Ron’s side? No, not really… at least not in the film, & that’s something that just couldn’t translate with such little time to lớn adapt an enormous story. In Deathly Hallows, when Ron leaves in a rage after his fight with Harry over the radio và listening to lớn make sure none of his family members had been murdered by the Death Eaters, his reaction is far more understandable, and the viewers are far more sympathetic lớn his plight.

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Because the focus was so entirely on Harry and trying to lớn develop such a complex plot in the other films, other characters were rarely allowed real, emotional moments. That’s not the case in this film. It’s most noticeable with the trio, but even the others have their moments. There’s real grief from the Weasley family after George’s ear is cursed off, & just in general with their world crumbling around them. Harry finally is allowed time to lớn sit with all of his losses, & even though it doesn’t play a major part in the film, it certainly shows Harry in a different light. The easiest emotion lớn see from Harry in the films was always anger, but there’s a sadness surrounding him in Deathly Hallows Part 1 that wouldn’t have been possible lớn show if the film was rushing to wrap everything up in two & a half hours.

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The additional scenes that weren’t in the books add to this, too. For instance, showing Hermione wiping herself from her Muggle parents’ memories so they wouldn’t be in danger is glossed over with a quick mention in the books, but is such a vital display of the cost of the upcoming war in the film. And, after Ron leaves, Harry & Hermione’s dance scene is such a sweet moment of friendship between the two, giving them a small but much-needed break from the constant misery và despair of their situation. It’s so simple, but such a beautiful touch lớn give the characters (and viewers) an emotional break và improves the movie tenfold. It all comes together khổng lồ capture the dark tone và utter seriousness of what’s going on in their world and what a major threat they’re facing. Sure, the other films show Voldemort lớn be a dangerous foe, but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 details how Voldemort is everywhere và on the brink of success. He’s sucked all of the hope out of the wizarding world, which contributes lớn how much pressure is on the trio lớn save the day.

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What really brings Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 to the đứng top of the các mục is that, for the first time in the films, everything và everyone is allowed lớn slow down a bit. The plot moves forward at an enjoyable pace without overtaking every other aspect of the film or overshadowing the characters and the beautiful relationships from the books. Instead of briskly darting lớn the end, the focus of this film is on interpersonal relationships. It allows time for things like Bill (Dohmnall Gleeson) & Fleur’s (Clémence Poésy) wedding & makes the risk of death even more frightening and heartbreaking khổng lồ consider as their journey progresses. The characters, particularly the trio, are allowed to be emotional, while still being heroic. They’re allowed to lớn make mistakes, take risks, & come close khổng lồ losing everything (and really feel that near-death experience). And, splitting the book into two films allowed for the viewers khổng lồ become even more invested in the story and the characters, making the kết thúc of the story in Harry Potter và the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 all the more powerful và impactful.

The other Harry Potter films are great, but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 benefits incredibly from the book being split into two films, with the final battle & end of Harry Potter’s story saved for the next movie. Little moments & well-developed main characters/relationships made the books a success, và that’s something that lacks too much in some of the films. While the plot with Voldemort was interesting, it wasn’t the main allure of the story. But, it became the focal point of the films from the start. The allure of the books was the wizarding world at large, & learning more about this mystical universe, the characters that inhabited it, & what was possible. With Deathly Hallows: Part 1, that is finally seen on-screen, particularly with the investigation into Dumbledore’s past and the history of the world as the trio searched for items that could’ve been potential Horcruxes.

Plus, with more time lớn explore, viewers are able to lớn see much of the book on-screen. Scenes, characters, and interactions don’t have khổng lồ be completely changed to shorten và simplify the plot. It feels like a love letter khổng lồ the material that is being adapted, which is astounding considering the primary reason for the powers that be to lớn split a book into two films is likely the money.

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