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Film Fans find magic in 'Deathly Hallows'

 

 

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4 out of 4 stars

In a word: magical.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1,” tells the first half of J.K. Rowling’s final book in the seven-volume series. “Deathly Hallows,” like the others before, stands firmly on its own and even a muggle like me was able to keep up with the storyline, plots, twists, turns and characters.

The production was spot on. The music score enhanced but never over powered. The stunning visual landscapes during the middle of the movie were breathtakingly beautiful. The maturing relationship and acting of the three main stars who’ve grown up before our eyes over the past decade, is nothing short of brilliant. The movie was superb from start to finish.

My movie buddy and I were utterly captivated by “Deathly Hallows,” and like so many others, we don’t want the story to ever come to an end.

— Myra Simons, Buford

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

Nearly 10 years in the making, “Deathly Hallows” is the penultimate story of the adventures of Harry Potter. Just like the characters in the Harry Potter franchise, this movie has matured into so much more than its predecessors.

“The Deathly Hallows” is more complex, intelligent, intense and engaging. From the opening scenes you’ll immediately feel the tension and will be easily pulled into the story. With a nearly 2.5-hour runtime, you will be surprised how fast the movie goes by.

Be prepared as the final scene ends with the audience moaning and a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more.

— Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville

2 out of 4 stars

I really liked the movie, but it seemed very rushed. The movie was about Harry, Ron and Hermione picking up where Harry and Dumbledore left off to find the horcruxes. They spent a lot of time wandering around. This is the first movie that didn’t have scenes at Hogwarts.

I didn’t read the book so didn’t understand why they said or did different things. For example, how did the Snatchers and Death Eaters keep finding Harry, Ron and Hermione? The movie felt rushed because this was the first time they didn’t take time to develop the story for people who did not read the book.

— Bryce J. Wright, Lawrenceville