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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)

The casualties keep piling up as Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) becomes more powerful.  An alliance formed against Voldermort attempts to protect his prime target, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe).  Unfortunately, several people are injured, and a few are killed.  Harry, not wishing for anyone else to become hurt because of him, decides to strike out on his own.  He has to find the horcruxes, pieces of Voldermort's soul that are hidden in various places, and destroy them.  If Voldermort gets to them first, he'll be practically unstoppable.  The late Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) left some things in his will to Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) that point to clues to find the horcruxes.  Hermione and Ron go along with Harry to find them. None of the action takes place at Hogwarts, the wizards' school, because it has become too dangerous for Harry to be there.  The story, which covers the first half of the last novel in the series, has Harry and friends on the run and being involved in narrow escapes. 

The movie does a good job in following the novel, and appropriately ends on a note that perfectly sets up the next and last film in the series, which will be released in a few months.  It is nice to see Harry, Hermione and Ron growing into young adults.  The supporting characters -- Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter), Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane)  -- gear up for their part in the final showdown between Voldermort and the good guys.

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