On Friday night I went to see the new Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows“. I am not sure what I was expecting. I have seen all of the previous films and naturally the actors are all that bit older but I was wondering where the plot could go that it hasn’t been before.
I was not disappointed. This film is much darker and quite a bit scarier than the previous films in the series. Hogwarts doesn’t feature at all, with the three main characters spending most of their time on the run from the evil Lord Voldemort and his minions who are pursuing them. There were several moments that made me jump and some quite scary scenes which made me wonder whether the 12A certificate was appropriate. I don’t think all 12 year olds would be comfortable sitting through this Potter episode.
The essence of the plot is that Voldemort has achieved resurrection and is hellbent on killing Harry. Evil powers have taken over the Ministry of Magic and Snape is Headmaster of Hogwarts. Harry’s many friends rally round to protect him from the dark lord’s power and some suffer as a result. I was delighted to see Dobby make a new appearance as well as another older house elf.
Dumbledore is dead and buried and his will is read to Harry, Hermione and Ron, with some important gifts being left to them, the purposes of which they only discover later.
This is the seventh and final Potter story from J K Rowling and it is being released in two parts of which this is the first. Directed by David Yates it features Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Julie Walters and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as the three stars we have become used to, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment and look forward to the second and final part next year.