With the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows scheduled to be released next week, here is a quick look at the story so far (along with a brief subjective review) to help jog your memory so that you can go well prepared to enjoy quite possibly the final movie in arguably the most popular movie franchise since James Bond.
The Story of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
After learning the secret behind Voldemort’s immortality (in The Half Blood Prince) and following Dumbledore’s demise, Harry and friends realize that they can longer return to Hogwarts to complete their formal education, but must fight a losing battle against time before Voldemort can finally gain immortality by creating his seventh and final Horcrux.
First Harry, Hermione and Ron must locate all of the existing Horcruxes and then devise some method to destroy them so that when Harry finally faces Voldemort in a final showdown Voldemort will become mortal once more and can be killed once and for all.
And, to make matters worse, Voldemort’s sworn followers, the Death Eaters have successfully infiltrated the Ministry of Magic so that Harry must live the life of a fugitive and he cannot even trust his best allies (like Luna Lovegood) because many of them have been forced to jump ships in Voldemort’s reign of terror.
Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 features all the fancy special effects which is one of the major reasons behind the tremendous popularity of the Harry Potter franchise. But, the story boarding and direction is not uniformly good. It is occasionally brilliant (for example the handling of the Hallows story) but at other times it is rather mediocre and fails to capture the viewer’s attention and imagination like the previous Harry Potter movies. The abrupt ending doesn’t help its cause either.
After two stunning movies (The Order of the Phoenix and The Half Blood Prince), David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was, unfortunately, a big let down.