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November 19th, 2010, the next installment of the highest grossing franchise in film history, the Harry Potter series, was released on this date. Being a fan of Harry Potter, of both the novels and the films, I was excited for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and my excitement had been worth it. The final book in the series was my favorite out of the seven, so I had anticipated this film for a long time. The film did not disappoint either; Part I is currently my favorite of the series now as well.
Part I of the finale revolves around Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (played by Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson) going on a journey to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, the magical items that give Lord Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes) the power of immortality. This quest challenges them in ways they were not challenged in the past, friendships are questioned, lives are at stake, and of course the mystery behind what exactly the Deathly Hallows is.
David Yates, the director of the film, who also directed the previous two installments, does a great job with focusing in the dark nature of the novel. Yet, at the same time, he knows where to add humor to balance it out, making it a much more enjoyable film. He also added a few things into the film that were not in the novel; generally, this is not a good thing to do, but the things he added conveyed more emotion than the events they replaced.
The film has been criticized for the fact that it was split into two films, saying they just wanted to get more money for the film company. If you have actually read the novel, then you should know that this novel cannot be done in just one film, unless you made it into a film that was longer than four hours. Part I was roughly two and a half hours long, the average length of all the past films as well, and everything they had in this film was a necessity for the plot, so if they had crammed everything else into the film, it would not have been as good as this was by itself.
Part I ends with a cliffhanger that will leave you salivating for Part II, which will be released in July of next year. Curious to know where they were going to cut off in the novel, I do not think they could have picked a more perfect spot to end it. In the novel, you would have around three quarters of it read, leaving one quarter left to finish. In this final quarter of the novel, you are reading nothing but action and suspense. This guarantees to give new meaning to the phrase epic masterpiece.
I will say this, however: if you see this film without having read the novels or seen the films, I strongly recommend that you do that first, or you will not enjoy the film nearly as much. Those who have read the novels and seen the films will not be disappointed. I mean, even J.K Rowling, the author of the series, said this film is her favorite out of all the films.