Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – Blu Ray Review

Something wicked this way comes, and this is the case in this latest outing of wizardry magic. Following Harry and the gang for one final time, with part two released in July 2011, Harry’s fight for survival has never been harder, with Voldemort coming ever so closer to killing the boy who lived.

After the death of Hogwarts Headmaster Professor Dumbledore, it is up to Harry, Ron and Hermione to fend for themselves, out to discover and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality, killing the evil Lordship once and for all.

Harry Potter’s seventh outing is dark, emotional and sometimes disturbing to watch. Gone are the days of attending Hogwarts School of witchcraft and Wizardry as the back drop for the narrative. The landscapes are picturesque, and the task to remain hidden is portrayed with great use that the British landscape has to offer. Featuring a lack of characters also, with the attention based solely on Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, a true connection with their fight for survival allows a strong bond between the audience and happenings to occur throughout.

Taking the film to everyday life, it is a breath of fresh air to see the troubled threesome out of their comfort zones, with scenes of them walking around City London and an excellent scene played out in a London café, all adding to great realism this latest adaptation portrays. It’s not all make-believe any-more, reality has hit the boat, and that’s what seems to make the film stand out from the rest.

Although filled with eye-blowing visual effects, partially at the beginning of the film, the attention to detail is what really starts to appear as the film runs through its two-hour, thirty minutes running time, with the once strong friendship slowly starting to show cracks, adding extra tension to what this film already holds.

The Deathly Hallows at times is not an easy viewing, and during a number of key scenes, the audience are knocked back for six. Sometimes you need to remind yourself that this in fact a Harry Potter film and not something that was made to scare.

As the film comes to an end, the film portrays some of its darkest scenes to date. One in particular with Hermione and Ballatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonhan Carter) is hard to view, and brings the bar to a new level, even for Harry Potter’s standards. Not long after we see the first of our deaths, of a much-loved character audiences fell in love with many years ago, before an anti-climax cliff-hanger is presented, wishing if only it didn’t have to end here.


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