I waited to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 until last week for two reasons. I wanted to go with my daughter, Jessie, while she was on Thanksgiving break and I didn’t want to see the movie in a packed theater in case I screamed.
The latest installment of Harry Potter didn’t disappoint.
The movie starts with Polyjuice Potion and Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) going to the Malfoy mansion. Harry’s friends drink Polyjuice Potion in order to become copies of Harry to prevent Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and the Death Eaters from killing Harry as he leaves Privet Drive for the Weasley home. George (Oliver Phelps) and Fred Weasley (James Phelps) provide a bit of humor as members of the Order of the Phoenix drink the potion.
Snape knows how to make an entrance. He arrives fashionably late to a meeting with Voldemort and the Death Eaters where Voldemort is torturing a Hogwarts teacher. Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) is still completely wacko and continues to steal scenes.
And that’s just the beginning. Based on J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the movie follows the book with a lot of dark imagery and teenage angst.
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are in search of the horcruxes, pieces of Voldemort’s soul, created in his quest to become the most evil, feared and immortal wizard in the wizarding world.
Voldemort doesn’t just put fear in the wizards and witches. He scares me, too. I won’t tell you what scene caused me to scream, but my scream caused a chain reaction in the theater. And this is after Jessie warned me before several potentially scream-worthy scenes.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was great fun. I don’t think one movie could do justice to the book because of its depth. The movie ended with a cliffhanger, which is appropriate because the first part of the book was filled with angst and the second part, the battle. I plan to reread the book before Part 2 is released, July 15. Jessie was a bit nostalgic after the movie, telling me it was one of the last times she would get to see a Harry Potter movie for the first time.
The movie was worth the price of the tickets. Even if you haven’t read the books, the movie could stand alone, one of the few movies that could hold its own against the book.