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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” cast a charm on me — the-I-want-to-watch-the-movie-multiple-times charm.
It is troubling times for the witches and wizards of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” as Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) rises to power once again, accompanied by his Death Eaters. Voldemort anxiously searched for his arch-enemy, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and almost kills him in the first few minutes of the movie after Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) tells Voldemort when Harry would fly to the Weasley’s.
The movie followed Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they tried to finish the late Dumbledore’s final mission: to destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes. Dumbledore, though, left the trio with vague instructions forcing them to figure out what the horcruxes are, while hiding from Voldemort, the Death Eaters and Snatchers.
The clichéd complaint of movies not reiterating the book word-for-word will undoubtedly be made by die-hard Harry Potter fans, but what do they expect? A 10-hour movie filled with miniscule details leaving the audience bored? Having read the books and labeled myself as a total Harry Potter geek, the movie was fan-Potter-tastic.
The seventh movie rolls comedy, drama and romance into one. You may jump. You may laugh. You may tense up. You may want to vomit and you may smile—all in a span of 146 minutes. I knew what happened before it happened, yet I was still on the edge of my seat because of the sound effects. You don’t need an IMAX ticket to feel like you are camping, finding horcruxes and facing Nagini with Harry, Ron and Hermione.
The three friends don’t need a friendship charm either because their acting created chemistry reflective of the book. If they didn’t depict would-die-for-each-other-best-friends, the movie would be as torturous as the Crucio curse.
One of the driving factors in all seven books, written by J.K. Rowling, is this companionship and friendship. They risked their lives to protect each other. Harry tried to find the Horcruxes alone not wanting to risk the lives of his friends because he loves Ron and Hermione. Their acting brought these relationships to the big screen making “Twilight” fans wish Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe were the stars of their movies.
However, if you’ve never read the books (which is unfortunate) or the past movies (which is also unfortunate), this movie will leave you utterly confused. The first few minutes don’t recap what happened in the sixth movie, but jump right into the plotline. I suggest non-Potter fans read the books or watch the movies before entering the theater; unless you enjoy saying “Huh?” throughout a movie.
Ultimately, nothing compares to the feeling of being a part of the world you’ve read about and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” captures that feeling on screen. You feel a part of this wizarding world and if you don’t want to feel like a muggle any longer—go see the movie now.