For anybody who hasn’t spent the last 10 years being raised by wolves, the seventh installment to the Harry Potter series has just hit theaters. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the beginning of the two-part conclusion to this mammoth series, and is definitely worth the wait.
For the wolf people, the plot goes that Harry, Ron and Hermione (Played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, respectively), having just lost their headmaster to the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) decide to take matters into their own hands and set off on a quest to stop the Dark Lord once and for all. Meanwhile, good old “he who must not be named” rounds up his buddies, which seems to consist of the entire British Screen Actors Guild, and take over the Ministry Of Magic. While the kids run around the woods looking for magical trinkets to break, the magic society starts resembling Nazi Berlin as all those who are not “pureblooded” witches and wizards are rounded up and presumably executed.
The movie is pretty much copy pasted from its six predecessors when it comes to style and acting. Nearly the entire original cast from before pops in to make cameos for this epic finale, but the movie incorporates them pretty well considering the volume.
It’s pretty much well known that if someone isn’t already a Harry Potter fan that they’re not welcome to the big after party. The film makes absolutely no sense without the previous six, watched in their proper order while someone who has read the books is gushing about them on the opposite couch. But for the true blue Harry Potter fans, this film is nothing short of amazing. The makers of the film actually had the right idea in splitting the film up into two sections rather than try to cram it all into 170 minutes. The film doesn’t climax very well in the end, but that’s forgiven since the second half will be released this summer.
One of the biggest hypes about the film was the rumor that there would be a nude scene. Currently in continuity and reality all the kids are of age, and what better way to do that than to strip down in front of the camera. However, the infamous controversial scene really wasn’t that controversial. It essentially is a dream sequence where Radcliffe and Watson start making out, and you can see the top of Watson’s shoulders and breasts. The audience is to assume that they are naked and about to try and up the rating listing but thanks to some conveniently placed mist the audience doesn’t really see anything. For all anyone knows Radcliffe and Watson could just be wearing matching tube tops.
Radcliffe on the other hand gets a couple scenes where he gets to strip down to the squeal of the fan girls. Even one scene, thanks to the magic of the Polyjuice Potion, there are about seven Radcliffe’s in the room changing clothes. Radcliffe though seems to be in competition with Robert Pattinson and Casper the Friendly Ghost for world’s whitest creature award. Sadly, Casper is currently losing.
Overall, the film was fun, fast paced and highly entertaining. Don’t let some shots of Radcliffe’s undies turn you down. Take the kids and have fun in a magical world.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is rated PG-13 for some intense fight scenes and the before mentioned brief shots of quasi-nudity.