Friday, November 26, 2010

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Although not an avid reader of the series myself, Harry Potter came to me through Z. Being the serious reader that he is, Z has read all of the books several times. One of my fondest memories of our year in China from 2008-2009 was the time that Z and I spent sitting in the front of the #2 bus in Hong Kong because Z explained the entire series to me. I had never seen any of the movies and had no interest in the story line, which I thought was about wizards, witches, and sorcery, until Z had fully detailed almost every second of the books.

Once my interest was piqued, Z and I began searching Beijing for pirated copies of each movie that had come out so far. Harry Potter became our prime topic of discussion for a long period of time. This culminated with the arrival of the 6th movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which came out while our year abroad was coming to a close. You may remember Z's attempts to buy the DVD before it even came out in the theaters.

Despite all of our built up excitement, Z and I were let down by that movie. We had been excited for weeks, even buying a movie magazine featuring the Half-Blood Prince in Chinese. But we lost steam after seeing the movie itself.

That is, until we heard the news that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was coming out on November 19th. Hopes were high as we entered the movie theater that night. Although we wanted to go to the midnight showing. I don't think I would have made it to school the next day if we had. But the buzz about the movie at school was enough to get Z and me into a frenzy with all the anticipation. I still haven't read the book, but I already knew the end of the story and couldn't wait to see it on the big screen.

All of our wildest hopes were satisfied in Part I of the Death Hallows. The story seemed to me to line up exactly with the events that Z told me about and the acting was great. I thought the whole film was perfectly put together.

Spoiler Alert!

The movie starts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione preparing their families for the dangers ahead. With such a depressing beginning, I was worried that this movie might be just as dark and dreary as the last. But with the changing scenery, the mood was lightened and soon the Weasleys were enjoying the wedding of Bill and Flore. Although this changed with the arrival of Death Eaters, and Harry's terrible visions from Voldemort, the movie is continuously lightened by Ron's growing affection for Hermione. Once out on their own, there are highs and lows within the trio as they search for horcruxes.

I was especially impressed with the Tale of the Three Brothers and the shadowy animation that was used to explain the words coming from Hermione. This might have been the most impressive scene of the whole movie.

Seeing Dobby of course was one of my favorite things about the whole movie as well. The audience let out audible chuckles at each of his humorous remarks. His death left the audience particularly emotional since he was such an adorable character and great break from the seriousness of the story.

Even though the end of the story was sad and gives a taste of the evil that will fill Part II of the Deathly Hallows, I was very pleased with the first part and have high expectations for the final installment.

I think I am finally ready to delve into the books which I have heard so much about!


PS: After seeing the Deathly Hallows, I watched the movie for the novel A Room with a View, and was surprised to see Helena Bonham Carter as the sweet and innocent Lucy Honeychurch. Anyone interested in seeing Bellatrix Lestrange as the weak damsel in distress?


At 8:29 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Hehe - you sound like my husband! He's never read any of the books either and when he watches the movies with me, I usually have to explain some of the back story. I don't have the memory Z does, though, so usually I have to reference the books to actually explain what happens. :)

I felt the exact same way about the 6th movie - total letdown, especially the ending. But the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was awesome, and I can't wait to see how they finish it off. I was surprised to see how much of the book they went through in this first part. There's not all that much left to put into the second part of the movie!

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Julie said...

So I've heard from Z. Maybe the battle will be extra long, longer than it was in the book, but who knows? I can't to find out!


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