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Movie Review: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” making best of finale
By Ezra Mann (Editor in Spoof)

There are some things in life that no matter how much one tries to avoid them, they happen anyways. One of those things for myself happened to be the movies based on the popular children’s series by J.K. Rowling.

It was never that I thought the stories were badly written, but back in the early days I was hooked on more classic literature than what was the latest fad. Then I got married and next thing I knew I had seen all the older films on DVD and found myself in the theater for the first time for said title. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” not only proved I could actually pay to see one of these, I actually found myself seeing a good effort from the cast & crew.

In a way, I’m glad I waited to make this one the first of the flicks I saw on the silver screen because as far as the series goes, this one seems to have earned its way to blockbuster fame. For those who aren’t caught up for the adventure, the movie picks up where “Half Blood Prince” left off after the death of Professor Albus Dumbledore (Michale Gambon).

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) have left Hogwarts with the goal of just to simply survive, though as usual Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has other plans. Despite protection from the wizarding world like Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), the dark forces are just too powerful, keeping them exhausted and on the run. I suppose the lack of another day averting disaster at school and being plunged into the real world is one of the reasons that I found this one to stand above the rest.

It’s interesting throughout this tale how in a world divided between pure blood magic and muggles, how Rowling portrays everyone as sharing very human flaws. It shows that we as people must be vigilant less we turn a blind eye to the worst of our nature. At one point I almost thought I was watching a film about Nazi Germany instead of the land where wizards and witches are in charge.

In some ways I think I still could have waited to see this until rental, but I do appreciate it being worth the ticket price. This part of the epic is certainly more geared toward older audiences, but still enough of a family film to not exclude older children. When the credits rolled I felt it was a nice set up for part two, even making me interested in seeing how the final battle will go down, earning “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” four out of five sinister spells.


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