As for half an hour ago I have become one of the millions to check out the new Harry Potter flick. As a girl who has been true to the books since the first came out during my childhood, I have never been a huge fan of the films. But I can honestly say that tonight’s experience was different than any others I have had in the past.
The movies can generally be broken down like this: 1 & 2 as kid’s flicks, 3 as a campy nightmare with some good actors (David Thewlis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, ect.), 4 & 5 as slightly darker with some great scenes like the death of Cedric Diggory and the fight in the Department of Mysteries, and 6 as nearly hitting the mark but just missing it.
In the first installment of the seventh book, we are treated to the first time that the movie managed to hit the tone of the novel and run with it. Maybe this is because they had longer, as it has been split into two movies. In any case, I was very happy with the tense, dark, almost hopeless feel that you also feel strongly in the first half of the book.
The acting was significantly better than it has been before, as far as the kids go. Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint did an excellent job of keeping up with the drama and depression surrounding the roles. A touching moment between Hermione and Harry as he tries to pull her from her devastation at Ron leaving them was perfect, and the scene with the destruction of the locket was way better than I expected.
In the beginning, where we see the Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor, I can honestly say it was chilling, just as it should have been. As always, Alan Rickman was able to act more with his expressions than most can manage with an entire page of dialogue. His face when he first sees Charity Burbage, and then later before she is killed, showed just what I imagined from the character when reading the book.
We didn’t get enough of the Order of the Phoenix members, as always. We only get a hunt of the nuptials between Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin, and we never see Lupin’s freak out or learn of her pregnancy. But we still get some great moments with David Thewlis.
There was a serious shortage of Draco Malfoy in this one, but Tom felton was once again perfect, just as he was in the last film. So were Jason Isaacs and Helen McCrory as the elder Malfoy’s, whose lives are falling apart at this point in the series.
Ralph Fiennes killed it as Voldemort, as always. He wasn’t in this was much as you would hope, but that will probably be made up for in the final installment being released next year.
All in all, this was what the Harry Potter movies should have been to begin with. It is wonderful to know that they are ending on the right note, and I have high expectations for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.