Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Director: David Yates Year: 2010 Run time: 2hrs 26m
“Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes - the keys to Vodemort’s immortality. On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Froces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the Wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers and old and almost forgotten tale - the legend of the Deathly Hallows.”
2:51 - Nice to see Hermione’s house for once, even under such sad circumstances. 4:49 - “I was beginning to worry you’d lost your way.” Many meanings to that. 14:33 - Many Harry Potters is creepy as anything. 22:27 - Aww, the twins. 26:12 - Bill has definitely just popped up from nowhere. Maybe heard his name once so far. 30:53 - Is Bill Nighy trying to be Welsh? It’s not working. 35:11 - “Are you sure you knew him at all?” Really not! 39:37 - He said “you’re the boss,” to Harry but so far the evidence points to Hermione. 46:48 - Oh god, it’s Umbridge again. 54:00 - Blood status. Hideous times. 1;01:44 - He’s getting very good at that AMG Petronas spell. 1:05:50 - Hermione’s bag is epic. 1:10:44 - Snape as Headmaster of Hogwarts is a recipe for disaster. 1:15:56 - “Actually, I’m highly logical…” The word, Hermione, is brilliant 1:28:10 - Merry Christmas. On the run from the big bad, in a graveyard in the snow. Merry indeed. 1:37:57 - Is he crazy, that’s going to be freeeezing!? 1:45:56 - Missed Ron. Even though he was a bit of an ass. 1:51:18 - Death feeling cheated is very Final Destination. 1:56:43 - I really like the name Luna but you’re asking for trouble with the looney nickname business. 2:08:11 - Dishevelled Malfoys are a pitiful sight.
Hermione really levels up her awesomeness in this one, with the fantastic bag that carries everything, the fact that reading saves the day, and her loyalty to the cause even when Ron deserts them and she has to eject herself from the life she once knew. Love her.
Otherwise, there’s not an enormous amount to like about this film, it’s another one that is just setting everything up for the big finale. There’s an awful lot of walking about - something Mr C picked up on, as it’s one of the reasons he detests the Lord of the Rings films - and fathoming out riddles and puzzles to try and decide what needs to be done.
It’s possibly the weakest one of them all, but necessary to keep the incredibly detailed plot in some semblance of order. Even with splitting the book in two, there was still some out of context moments like, “oh here’s a wedding,” and also, where the heck is Percy?