Anticlimactic and Disappointing: Harry Potter Part 1 by Jennifer Bradley

The farewell to the most acclaimed movie series of the century began on November nineteenth with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.  Millions have already flocked to theaters to see the beginning of the end for Harry Potter and friends.  The movie is clearly the darkest and most ominous of the bunch, and was thus received with mixed feelings among Harry Potter fans.

Much of the discrepancy is attributed to the decision to divide the final Harry Potter book into two movies.  This division leaves viewers wondering if the decision to split the movie was purely financial or if the decision also had artistic merit.  Part One captured the beginning half of the novel, and had fans anxiously predicting the cut-off point of the two movies.  Part One captured the slowest parts of the novel since it left most of the confrontation between Harry and Voldemort and the epic battle for Hogwarts for the final movie.  It was characterized by searching and destroying the first few Horcruxes and discovering the significance of the Deathly Hallows.

Life at Hogwarts is completely abandoned by the movie because it can no longer serve as a safe haven for Harry, Hermione, and Ron.  Therefore, most of the movie is shot on the run or waiting around in a tent. This lack of action left several viewers unfulfilled and unsatisfied.

The movie is also focused mainly on the ruminations of Harry, Hermione, and Ron and is thus far less character-enriched than any of the other films.  The trio spends a good deal of time arguing and sulking which catapults the movie into a somewhat boring lull.  The young actors really had to step up their game in order to effectively hold the audience’s attention due to the dearth of the large and varied cast present in the other movies.

The decision to split the last book, however, has its perks.  This separation allowed the movie to remain the most faithful to the book, which many Harry Potter fans hope for.  The movie was faithful for the most part, but some obvious differences surfaced.  Whether these differences added or subtracted from the overall appeal of the film is left up to the viewer.

Overall, Part One of the Deathly Hallows appears to be less inventive and actionpacked than the other Potter films.  Granted, much of the seventh novel was also characterized by a lack of action, so the film did not have as much to work with as it had with other books.  The innocence and joyful imagination that characterized previous Harry Potter films is transformed into teenage angst and darker happenings in the seventh film.  Many characters and action sequences are lost in the movie which leaves viewers wondering if the final book should have been split in the first place.  On the whole, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One may seem fantastic at the moment, but when the anticipation and excitement of its release dies down, Harry Potter fans will look back on the movie as an anticlimactic and disappointing transition to the action of Part Two of the film, arriving in July.

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