After what feels like years of waiting and reading, the final Harry Potter book has been turned into a film and finally released. But oh yeah, because the book itself is so epic, director David Yates felt the only way to do it justice was to make it into two films. That’s all very well and good but when books are turned into films, they are usually condensed down, keeping only the best bits to make a normal length film.
Yates should have just done that. Part I of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is really long, it goes on and on and to be honest not much happens. It is building up for the big finale, but to be honest I’d rather just watch that. I don’t really care about the bits in between. Yes it’s nice to see how the characters have grown up and how there is some weird sexual chemistry crackling between them, but that’s about it.
That’s not entirely fair though, the opening scene is spectacular. The mood is set entirely with the first spoken words of the film when the Minister of Magic says : “These are dark times, there’s no denying.”
Unlike the other films in the series, the gang do not return to Hogwarts. Instead they set off to find and destroy the Horcruxes, so that Voldermort, the evil one, can not regain his full powers and then kill Harry.
It is interesting seeing them out of the school context. They are of course in real life adults now and there is no denying this fact in the film. We all know that Emma Watson, played by Hermonie, is a model in her spare time and that elegance really shines in her character. Ron is a man, not just in looks, although you can’t deny the manly buffness he has developed, but in his character as well. There has been a shift in his relationship with Harry. Instead of being the gawky sidekick, he is now a strong and loyal wing man.
What is most extraordinary is that they have discovered their sexuality (and hair straighteners for Hermione). Ron is insanely jealous of Harry’s relationship with Hermione. It is weirdly similar to the recent TV show The Only Way is Essex, where Amy describes her man Kirk as ‘well jell’, which is about the only way to describe Ron at this point – well jell.
Ron stalks off in a jealous rage leaving Hermonie and Harry alone in the tent. This is the section of the film, which really drags. Literally nothing happens. Hermonie is peeved that Ron has left her and Harry really doesn’t have a clue what he is doing. As they sit in the tent acting like sulky teenagers, a song comes on the radio (Nick Cave’s O Children). Harry gets up and offers his hand to Hermonie to dance. It’s pretty awkward and they exchange a whole range of looks, some of which are pretty confusing to the viewer. What exactly is their friendship? Unfortunately we don’t ever find out, but it looks pretty darn sexual to me.
The scene is strange, as is a dream sequence Ron has where he envisions Harry and Hermonie writhing around naked and kissing passionately, which is juxtaposed with them wandering lost around Shaftesbury Avenue looking like children once again.
On top of all this, there are some genuinely scary bits where the adult audience around me literally jumped out of their seats. It’s curious that in a film which feels like nothing happens, is actually packed full of lots of little things which don’t really have much consequence but remain true to J.K Rowling‘s books.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, is a preamble on the way to the big one, but it seems to have lost its way a little bit and not be entirely sure who it is aimed at. If you didn’t know Harry Potter, if you hadn’t seen the other films or read the books, I am not sure what you would think of it. Three slightly mad kids, who all seem to fancy each other, fighting a man with half a nose.
If you love Harry Potter and are over 15, then I think you’ll like this. If you love Harry Potter but are under 15, it may go over your head a little and scare the life out of you and if you are any other age, I think you may be just a little bit confused, bored by it all and not even remotely hyped for the final instalment.