Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by Keith Kelly
I’m going to admit right up front that I haven’t read any of J.K.
Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, other than the first book. I’m
finally going to buy the box set and do some catching up, but for
right now, this review won’t be a comparison or critique about book
I have viewed all the films, however, and Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallow, Part 1, is easily one of the best entries in the
franchise. Gripping and intense, moody and magical, this complex
story is filled with spot-on performances from the whole cast,
especially from our world-weary heroic young adults. They’re not the
cherry-cheeked, optimistic and idealistic youngsters we saw in the
first few films. They’ve grown up-figuratively and literally. While
visually impressive, the “Deathly Hallows” is, at heart, a
This mature chapter deepens the ongoing themes of friendship,
loyalty, and sacrifice. Gritty, dark and full of emotion, it’s a sad
tale constructed with a great mixture of action, a bit of humor and
drama. Also included is a very cool animated origin of the Deathly
Hallows that’s a real treat, and a stylistic departure from any of
the other films.
Things slow down a bit in the middle, and some critics have
complained that it drags here some, but I really enjoyed the chance
to get a little deeper look into the courageous trio. Director David
Yates takes his time here, and allows the characters enough time to
live and breathe-not just be the centerpieces to action sequences.
HP7 is the most expansive film of the series and should not
disappoint any of the legions of fans. Is it as good or better than
the novel? I don’t know-yet, but it sure seems to be a very worthy
I give “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” a grade of
“A”. I’m Keith Kelly.
Keith Kelly TV