Director David Yates brings the final adventure of the most beloved film franchise in a two full-length motion picture event. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marks the beginning of the end in the series that is filled with mysteries, uncertainty and a dark unknown future.
The film is unlike its predecessors, for the first time the story takes place away from Hogwarts, which served as a place of protection but also anchored the film throughout the story. The mentor-apprentice relationships have vanished too leaving the students to fend off by themselves. Harry seems truly alone without guidance and any trusty allies. Steve Kloves excels at adapting that sense of isolation, fear and unfamiliarity from the novel into the main theme of the narrative.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is not an uplifting tale. More than ever Voldermort is on a clear path of vengeance and total control – Wizarding and Muggle world alike. Harry Potter is his most coveted trophy. In a twist of fate, it seems that the Chosen One has become the hunted one. Thus Harry runs in hopes of finding the Horcruxes in order to destroy Voldermort – save himself and the Wizarding world.
The film marks a stepping stone for the characters too – who are no longer children but young men and women, a fact that carries through the dialogue and the story itself. The fairy tale is out, and everyone is thrown into the real world, the angst and the uncertainty of growing up is one of the sub-themes in the film. Although the story feels somewhat redundant and heavy-handed at times there is always the glimmer of hope and fun that has become part of the characters and that everyone loves.
Yates moves away from his trademark direction too, aside from breaking the final story in two chapters, he adds an animation sequence at the end of the film in order to relate the Deathly Hallows story of the narrative. The action sequences and magical effects are stronger, and deadly, this time around and with every turn something or someone is getting blown to pieces, seriously hurt or left to die. All of which works in creating the dangerous territory that Harry travels throughout the story.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is a great beginning to the final chapter in the series. There are a lot of unresolved and unanswered questions to begin with but the final adventure carries the magic that everyone has grown accustomed to finding in the series. Indeed, a great start to the most anticipated final chapter.