"Deathly Hallows" film strays from the usual direction

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1," for those as affectionate towards the books as the movies, embodied a spiritual experience upon entering the theater at midnight on Friday.

The hype and press surrounding the novel story line of "The Deathly Hallows" created a nerve among many fans for the once child-like Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe). Potter, along with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), is now featured as an adult in a film that does not follow the typical Potter film formula.

For those who have managed to completely disregard the previous six films/books, a little catch up is necessary. The film picks up with Harry at the Dudley residence packing up the day before his 18th birthday. For the first time however, there is no sign of Hogwarts or a familiarity in residence.

In this film, the trio is on a quest to find the Horcruxes that will kill Voldemort. Harry, Hermione and Ron interact in a way that is far closer than previous films. The three evolve from childhood friends to family members. Touching moments are seen throughout the film that remained quite true to the book.

However, one scene added to the film's charm and charisma. Harry and Hermione are seen dancing with each other in a moment in which audiences see the tender and sweet sister-brother relationship between the two characters.

The comedic timing between Ron and Harry also adds some much needed laughter to a film that remains quite tense and suspenseful.

The hype of the film however does create a sense of hope for top-notch cinema; yet many audience members found themselves slightly dumbfounded by the simplicity of the film. There are moments of tears, laughter and fear just as the book features, however the division of the final book into two films creates a desire for more from a movie that offers the bare essentials.


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