Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
By MICHAEL WALTERS
By and large the adventures of Harry Potter have generally gotten better as they’ve gone along. But the little wizard hits a speedbump with “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I”- a film destined to be regarded as one of the more minor entries in this series.
It’s sure to attract millions of muggles everywhere, but it’s largely a warm up act for the real finale in part two. The decision to split the final book into two parts leaves part one feeling like it’s stuck in first gear, and the characters treading water waiting for something better to happen.
After Voldemort fails in his attempt to kill Potter during an ambush, the film mostly deals with Potter, Hermoine, and Ron Weasley’s quest for the remaining horcrux. Meanwhile there’s a crisis at the Ministry of Magic, and Voldemort’s cronies have taken over and are on the hunt for Potter and any and all wizards who sympathize with him.
Potter and company also uncover the mystery of the deathly hallows, and therein lies the potential seeds of their destruction.
The usual professionalism is on display here, with fine performances and pretty good effects all around. Most of the film is spent setting up the events of part two and Potter’s big finale with Voldemort. There’s some tension that builds amongst the three main students of Hogwarts, and we get an extended look at Voldemort and his evil league of villains. But that can’t disguise the fact that so little happens in the middle that Potter and Hermoine are reduced to engaging in a time wasting dance party.
It’s not boring by any means, but Harry Potter’s second to last adventure could have used a few more thrills to restore the magic in this magicians story.