Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (David Yates – 2010) A

I love the Harry Potter books and the movies so far have been a pleasure to watch so it’s a forgone conclusion that I will enjoy the final chapters. It is a little sad that the whole series is coming to a close though. At the same time, it is remarkable that Warner Brothers delivered such an outstanding saga over 7 films (8 by the time part 2 comes out) and maintained the same cast that we first met in the Sorcerer’s Stone. We have literally watched them grow and mature as the tale grew darker and the stakes higher. In the Deathly Hallows-P1 we do not see Hogwarts, instead our heroes are out in the world on the run from Voldemort and looking for the remaining Horcruxes that need to be destroyed. At the same time they have to deal with their own doubts, emotions and loneliness. I think that this one was Yates best work yet, it probably helped having a larger canvas to work with since the book was split into two movies. Above all he gets the mood right, it is depressing, dark and a bit confusing (especially to those who have not brushed up on their Potter-lore).

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