BY BEATRICE DUPUY
The end is near for Harry Potter, and for the fans, as the beloved movie series comes to a dramatic close. In the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have left the comforts of Hogwarts to slowly take down Lord Voldemort. The mood of the movie is quite dark and surreal as Harry’s fate awaits him. Even though the film may appear slow in some areas, it effortlessly prepares viewers for Part two. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part one will leave viewers satisfied, yet feeling empty as they are thrust out of Harry Potter’s magical world into their mundane ‘muggle’ world.
Director David Yates begins Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s journey away from Hogwarts, with an escape to the countryside. As they hide out in the forest, there is minimal dialogue between the trio and excessive shots of scenery making it appear as if Part one is simply filling space. Yates used these moments in the film to elaborate on Ron’s jealous suspicions of Harry and Hermione’s friendship. However, Yates makes up for these uneventful periods with action-packed moments at the start and finish of the film. From the first scene when Harry and Hagrid escape the death eaters to Harry’s unraveling of the mystery of the horcruxes, Yates keeps the audience hopeful for what is to come in Part two.,
For some audience members who have not read the Harry Potter series, the movie could appear to be confusing. Some important characters in the film were not properly introduced, such as Mundungus Fletcher, leaving the audience unaware of their appearance and importance in the film. While other characters might not have been recognizable, the three who were, Harry, Hermione, and Ron, carried the film and did an excellent job even without the help of some of the other lead actors. The trio kept a perfect balance in the film between comedy and suspense, especially in the Harry and Hermione dance scene. Yates’ light touches of humor kept the audience laughing along to Harry’s awkwardness.
Due to their fame from the Harry Potter series, this trio will undoubtedly succeed in their future acting endeavors. For devoted fans of these three, Part one provides the perfect close up experience to not only witness these magnificent actors at work, but to also feel as if you have truly become a fourth friend in this trio’s seven year camaraderie.
David Yates ended Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part one on the perfect note for Part two, giving the audience a glimpse of what to expect in the final scenes. This film will reignite the Harry Potter fan craze and leave many making their favorite movie in the series The Deathly Hallows. Splitting the final movie into two parts was the best decision for this series, because it allows fans to catch up on their reading and to fully experience the hype when Part two is released this coming July.