A (non-spoiler) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Reveiw

Posted: December 3, 2010 by zacharymj in Uncategorized
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I have been a Harry Potter fan for since I read the first book when I was in kindergarten. I have read all of the books several times and have seen all of the movies.  As you probably know, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows just came out.

For Harry Potter fans–is it any thing like the book?  How do they compare?  Is it all it’s supposed to be?  Should I just wait untill it comes out on DVD?

For people who haven’t read the books–is it a good movie?  Can it stand alone?  Is it possible to enjoy without the book?

All of that is here, and don’t be afraid, I won’t spoil the movie.

First of all, this movie is in two parts and the second one comes out in the summer of 2011.  This one covers from the beginning to the part where Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Ollivander and the goblin Griphook  have just escaped with the help of Dobby the house elf.

These are two and a half hours of pure awesomeness.

For people who are looking for a movie that’s almost perfectly like the book, you won’t be disappointed. Some lines are word for word. Believe me, I know. There are some scenes that are shortened, but these are rare and brief and only there for the plot development. Mostly, it is right on track and easy to understand if you have read the book and already know the storyline.  It has a decent amount of action but is definitely not one of those movies that has no storyline because the whole movie is action.  Every scene you will be saying “oh, yeah, I remember this,” and won’t be disappointed with how it is done.

Here are some down points: The aerial chase in the begging is pretty cool but not completely like the book. For instance, Harry and Hagrid go down on the street and cause numerous wrecks in order to evade the Death Eaters and Harry’s wand doing the golden fire thing isn’t really well done and nobody ever talks about it again.  Hedwig tries to attack the Death Eaters and that’s totally not in the book and you know what happens… Anyway, Harry and Hagrid never get injured and they fly directly to the Burrow. Bill and Fleurs’ wedding is downplayed a little but from then on, it’s all pretty good except there’s some weird scenes with Harry and Hermione dancing when they’re in the tent trying to find the Horcruxes.    

If you haven’t read the book than you can probably enjoy the movie (several of my friends who, did).  Still, I think it would be much better if you read the book first and, preferably the series. There are scenes where I wouldn’t know what was going if I hadn’t read the book, more so in The Deathly Hallows than others.  You could still watch it though and it would most likely be really good.

So, that’s my review.  I would like to say more but I don’t want to ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it.

As always, comment if you want to say something.

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