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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The first time I came across Harry Potter I was in English class at Utah Valley State College. An older couple had purchased the recently released “Goblet of Fire,” and they raved about its merits before the class began.

The next time I met Harry Potter was in Mengo, Uganda. I watched “The Philosophers Stone” with some fellow church members one random October evening.

The first time I read a Harry Potter book was after I came home from Africa; when I was depressed about my grandmother and my seemingly destitute future. My father had recently picked up a discount copy of the “Order of the Pheonix.” Incapable of anything but obsessive diet and exercise I grabbed it and gave it a chance. From the opening page to the closing words it remains my favorite book in the series.

This past Monday I was surprised with a premiere pass to “The Deathly Hallows.” I went alone, arrived early, and talked ‘Wizardry’ with nearby fans. Then there was the movie, (you know… the best Harry Potter movie yet!) David Yates took two movies to build towards this epic ending, and though I struggled with his “Half-Blood Prince,” I now know it was worth watching.

Without ruining any details for the expecting audience, I’ll instead share some abstract elements to preserve the splendor. There are three technical points in the film that need to be noticed: the acting; the lighting; and the director of photography.

Emma Watson has grown into a strong female lead; Daniel Radcliffe has developed into the protagonist he was born to play; and Rupert Grint is one of the best character-actors a director could hope for. In addition: Ralph Finnes and Jason Isaacs have brought a complexity to their evil duo I never could have gained from my own readings.

Behind the scenes Chuck Finch, (of Braveheart fame,) lights the picture in a way only a man of his caliber can. Bringing depth to the actor’s performance and space to the scenery, Chuck’s lighting was greatly appreciated. Hey, I’m a big fan of lighting what can I say? (LOL!)

Lastly, Eduardo Serra’s cinematography makes ‘Hallows’ look like the grown-up production it’s become. Simply put, it’s beautiful! The movie is what we’ve all been waiting for: “the epic conclusion to the epic beginning!” Sure there was some filler in there, but we’re at the end of the road now, and every fan that’s been picked up along the way… thank god you waited!

I can’t believe that was only part 1! In July come back and see me for part 2 with my life at the movies.


  • Rachel

    I am so excited! And thank you for convincing me (the non-reader) to read these books. You got me hooked, and now I actually enjoy reading!

    • Anonymous

      To say the least… you’ve read the books like 20 times each!!! You are gonna love this movie. Only the first one is as good as it.

  • Anonymous

    Never been a huge fan of the series, mostly because I have never really given it a chance. I think when the final film is out I’ll go back and watch these in order!

    • Anonymous

      You need to read the books… Especially 4-7. It’s a series every fiction crazy fan should have under their belt.

  • Chris Elliott

    Seeing it. You sold me brother. Amazing post. This is really exciting stuff. Great insight btw.

    • Anonymous

      Thanx Baby-Bro!

      Your support as of late is epic! Thank you so much for trusting me and my personal vision. I’ma call you 2moro to chat MAC VS PC!!! DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    i think alessa should really read this ;)
    meh, i’m indifferent about harry potter.
    but i DO like the pictures : )

  • Anonymous

    Thanx Bri-Bri!!!

    I know Allesan should read this… I promised her no spoilers. Tell her tomorrow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=120811092 Sarah Smith

    I’m glad I read this before I saw the movie. I appreciated the lighting a lot more that’s for sure, thanks! And I think “talking wizardry” was the norm. All the hardcore fans who went opening weekend had at least an hour to wait in the theatre (and that’s with pre-paid tickets) so what else are you going to do? It was well worth it, I just can’t wait until the second one come July!

    • Anonymous

      So happy the blog helped… it is so great to hear when it does.

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  • Miels

    I am absolutely enamored by Harry Potter. I was not a fan for a long time- last summer I had a Harry potter marathon and totally let myself become absorbed in the films. I loved them. I’ve recently started reading the books. I’m only on the second one and can’t put it down. I love the sense of imagination and adventure.

    Deathy hollows part 1 was amazing. I really didn’t want it to end. I really enjoyed your post. I’m also super excited for part 2.

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