Harry Potter Below Expectations

by Hanna Russmann

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I isn’t quite what it was supposed to be.

The previous three movies have become a little bit darker and darker in theme as the movies progress. Part I surpasses those in the darkness motif more than likely because death plays a vital role.

For those of you that haven’t read the seventh book, here is basically what goes on during part I of the Death Hallows. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) go into hiding with Ron’s family from Voldemort and the Death Eaters. While in hiding, they search for Voldemort’s Horcruxes.

Voldemort can only be killed after they have all been destroyed and there are five left. They only destroy one Horcrux in the entire movie, which could have been done without and was completely unnecessary. Parents are taking their children to see this movie, and the writers and directors of this particular scene should have taken that into account.

Harry Potter the movie is a lot more adult than Harry Potter the book.

While Harry, Ron and Hermione are looking for the Horcruxes, Voldemort is also looking for something to kill Harry with, one of the Deathly Hallows. If you don’t know the story of the Deathly Hallows, the movie fills you in on that little back-story.

For being part I of II movie, the ending was not abrupt and doesn’t leave you wondering. Each movie has a question to answer, the first being if Voldemort will find the Death Hallow he seeks. The ending gives you the answer.

The second will be who is going to kill whom first? Will Voldemort do Harry in first because he found the Deathly Hallow he wanted or will Harry find all the Horcruxes in time to kill Voldemort?

Some other little things I just didn’t like with the movie are the camera work and the random introduction of Ron’s older brother Bill. For how big this movie is supposed to be, they shouldn’t have shaky camera scenes. I was paying more attention to how shaky the camera work was during a scene than the actual movie scene.

Taking into account the unneeded scene and shaky camera work, the movie leaves a lot to be desired.