Gearing up for its upcoming release, the final book in JK Rowling’s insanely successful series has been turned into not one, but two installments. This is no doubt annoying to fans, but hey, how else are they going to squeeze every last Harry Potter penny out of fans?
But is the film worth watching? Is it better than the book?
I found a review from an actual Englishman, to help you decide if Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows will be a hit or come in DOA.
The film starts with doomy Bill Nighy stating “These are dark times, there is no denying.” Yes, in the second to last installment, the wizarding world has become a very dangerous place.
The plot sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) on the run from Lord Voldemort and his henchmen. They must sever ties with home – and Hogwarts – and go it alone. Along the way, they embark on a quest to track down various things which will help them fight the evil forces – a horcrux containing a sliver of Voldemort’s soul, the sword of Gryffindor, the meaning of a pendant that holds the key to the deathly hallows. Explanation of all this is provided for Potter novices, but a familiarity with the books is certainly an advantage.
Moms and young kids be warned – this is apparently the scariest Potter film so far. It’s also highly emotional — Harry visits the grave of his murdered mother and father and Hermione casts a spell to remove all trace of herself from her parents’ memories.
The performances have never been better – particularly Grint, who gets the opportunity to do more than just play for laughs. His jealousy of the friendship between Harry and Hermione feels entirely real. As always, it’s the little details that delight: the self-filling champagne flutes at Fleur’s wedding, Dumbledore’s last will and testament unscrolling itself in mid-air.
At a solid running time of just under two-and-a-half hours, director Yates crams in as much as he possibly can – and that’s only the first half!
You’ll have to wait until July to find out how it ends. Or, just buy the book.