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Movie: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes

To have created a series so beautiful, monumental and scintillating in books is truly wonderful. But taking it to the silver screen with a bigger audience, overcoming snide critiques and coming out a winner is even better.

David Yates has done exactly that in this epic finale of the Harry Potter series. Undeniably, part one of the Deathly Hallows will be regarded as ‘the best yet', because it's more of a high-octane, heartbeat-skipping and mouth-watering thriller.

Horcruxes' hunt

After the death of Albus Dumbledore, Harry is determined to finish what he had started: finding and destroying all of Voldemort's horcruxes. But Voldemort has other plans. The possession of the three legendary deathly hallows: the elder wand, the resurrection stone and the invisibility cloak would give the owner complete control of death, making him immortal. Voldemort has set his snaky eyes on them and is willing to go any length to grab hold of them. Ron and Hermione sever their family ties and drop out from their final year of school to join Harry in his seemingly impossible mission.

Meanwhile, other grave things keep ruffling up. The Minister of Magic is murdered and suddenly the Death Eaters, with Voldemort at their helm, control the Ministry of Magic. New and wicked laws are set up like the undesirable status for Muggle-borns and half-bloods. Severus Snape takes over as headmaster of Hogwarts with a few Death Eaters as faculty! With a price on his head, five more Horcruxes to find and get rid of, lives at stake because of him and the constant thought of what's going to happen, will Harry overcome the evil and save the day one last time?

Setting the pace

The trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson show us a whole new level of maturity, packing emotions and dialogues with the right mix. Lots of aspects like dialogues and events have been altered to give a better flavour on screen. The direction, VFX and CG deserve a straight thumbs-up as they keep the movie in the right pace.

Yates has aced it in setting the stage for an exhilarating finale, which will be released in July 2011. Oh July, where are you?

Bottomline: Far better than the previous instalments. Just what a HP fan wants.

NANDAKUMAR GANESH, III Year, BITS - Pilani, Dubai


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