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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Movie Review

There probably won’t be another worldwide phenomenon like Harry Potter in our lifetime. The movie franchise has been part of the lives of this generation and to say that people are dying to see the final installment is probably an understatement. We were delighted when we found out that the last book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be divided into two parts - giving the producers more movie time to put in as many elements of the book as they can while at the same time give us more Harry Potter. Well, the first part of the final film is finally here. Read on to find out our final take of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" after the jump.

After Dumbledore's (Michael Gambon) death, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) gains control of the Ministry of Magic. On the other side of things, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) decide to destroy the remaining Horcruxes - problem is, they do not know where they are and how to actually destroy them. When the Minister of Magic decides to finally read and turnover Dumbledore's last will and testament to Harry and his friends, they are given four items. Ron is provided a Deluminator - an object that can capture any light source nearby. Hermione gets a book while Harry gets the first snitch he caught. The final item, the Sword of Gryffindor, is missing. The trio believes that these items will help them find the remaining Horcruxes, provide them the means to destroy all of these and ultimately stop the evil Lord Voldermort.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1", to be frank, was not a thrill ride or was it made for the enjoyment of a younger audience. In fact, the movie had a serious, slow tone that might surprise some. If you expected wand against wand action then you definitely need to wait for the second part next year. In place is a movie that clearly wants to pace itself slowly knowing that there will be a second film to cap things off. This could be a good thing for book fans as there would be less chances for book elements to be put on the chopping block. But the reality is, not all film viewers will be avid fans. The problem with this scheme is that the movie itself became boring at some point.

Putting all of these negative things aside, we still think the film was well-made. It actually had that epic feel to it. The introduction at the start was also amazing. It was one of the best intros we have seen all year and it really built up the excitement and anticipation. For some, it might be unfair to judge the final installment as separate parts and this is probably true knowing that Part 2 contains all the action. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" was a great film - we just wished they balanced it out more.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the film was well-made and had that epic feel all over it
- the build up at the start of the film was just wow

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- may be too scary for kids especially if you are thinking of taking them. there are no quidditch games or Hogwarts to enjoy.
- if you expect this to have action-packed scenes then you will be disappointed

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