Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Part 1

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Part 1

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CLEAVED in two for creative and commercial reasons, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows -the final chapter of JK Rowling's best-selling fantasy saga -follows on from the shocking events of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) face the renewed threat from Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and the Death Eaters in Part 1. David Yates, who directed the sixth film, strikes an even darker, gloomier tone for his imagining of the seventh book. It's leavened with occasional flashes of humour such as when Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson) warns his fellow wizards that the magical Polyjuice Potion tastes like something unsavoury a goblin might produce.

Screenwriter Steve Kloves remains faithful to Rowling's tome but is allowed brief moments of artistic licence, like Harry and Hermione tenderly dancing together and Voldemort preying on Ron's insecurities by taunting him with a vision of a naked Harry and Hermione, blushes spared by swirling smoke.

Even more startling is a stylish animated sequence that recounts The Tale Of The Three Brothers from Hermione's copy of The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, which explains the meaning of the Deathly Hallows.

Lord Voldemort and his followers, including Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs), continue to grow in power, threatening everything that Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and his followers hold dear. With Hogwarts in disarray, Harry, Ron and Hermione embark on a perilous quest to track down the mysterious Horcruxes and stop the forces of darkness.

Originally intended for release in 3D, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will only screen in traditional 2D after the technical wizards at Warner Bros were unable to convert this first instalment to the eye-popping format in time for its worldwide release. …

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