Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Middle Section of the Film

The first part of the last Harry Potter chapter has finally hit the big screens and beckons to Muggle and Potter fanatics alike with its trailer-inspired promises of big stars, bigger action sequences and even a liberal dose of emotionality thrown in to boot. If you’re a huge Potter fan–and yes, I’ve spoken to a couple of those already–the chances are good that you’ll get a lot out this movie that is, I’m told, the most faithful Harry Potter adaptation to date. If, however, you’re a Muggle like me, you will definitely need to take a Potter fanatic along with you to make sense of a film that is definitely targeted at the hardcore more-so than the rest of us.When there was action it was great, for the most part (there was a frustrating up-close shaky-cam chase sequence that was rather annoying on an Imax screen), but then there was the middle of the film that slowed the pace right down and didn’t entirely work for me.

“The basic plotline is that Harry (Radcliffe), Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint) are in pursuit of Hocruxes that need to be destroyed, all the while being pursued by Voldermort’s (Fiennes) evil hordes. Wait. What? Hocruxes? And if you don’t know the answer to what a Hocrux is, don’t expect to find it within Deathly Hallows. To help those unfamiliar, a Hocrux is an everyday object which, according to the creator of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling, is “a receptacle in which a Dark wizard has hidden a part of his soul for the purposes of attaining immortality.” In lay terms, Harry and co have to destroy six of these items in order to take down big baddy Lord Voldemort once and for all. Two have already been destroyed, so the gang must find the remaining four.”

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  • Anonymous

    You can really only watch/read the first four Harry Potter movies/books in any order, after that it really requires back story. Also, that slowed down middle bit was a sizable portion of the book that sucked balls. All the good stuff of The Deathly Hallows is in Part 2.

    Also, more than 2 have been destroyed, but in previous Harry Potters.

    Also also, you can totally almost see Hermione’s boobies!

  • Anonymous

    It would’ve been nice to have that disclaimer before I went in to the film!

    That camping shit was boring ass tripe. Plus, as adequate as those kids have become at their job, they pale in comparison to their supporting cast.

    I actually consulted a Potter fan about the Hocruxes to make sure that my understanding of three having been destroyed by the end of Deathly Hallows was correct. Can you rattle off the other ones for me? I count 1) the diary 2) the ring 3) the amulet.

    Yeah, totes on the boobs front… not really the most kid-friendly of films!

  • Anonymous

    Actually no I can’t, I think I miscounted. FailMoop

  • Anonymous

    Dammit! And here I was hoping that I could give my Potter friend oodles of shit. Sad face :(.