Rated: PG-13

Distributed By:

Warner Bros.

Directed by:

David Yates

Starring:

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter; Emma Watson as Hermione Granger; Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley; Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

As the curtain opens on part one of the final chapter of Harry Potter, the gloomy words of new Minister of Magic ring in our ears: "These are dark times; there is no denying. Our world has faced no greater threat than it does today." Indeed, the Ministry of Magic soon falls to Voldemort's control, and then Hogwarts slips under his power. It's only a matter of time before the flickering light of hope carried by Harry, Hermione, Ron and the surviving members of the Order of the Phoenix, will be extinguished by Voldemort.

Racing against time, Harry and friends devote themselves to three tasks: locating and destroying four objects that hold parts of Voldemort’s soul; finding the fabled Sword of Gryffindor; and unraveling the mystery of the Deathly Hallows. But it's hard to solve riddles when you spend most of your magical energy zipping from one hideout to the next—just to stay alive. Even as Harry and his friends struggle to decipher cryptic clues, Voldemort is—as always—one step ahead.

Harry, Hermione and Ron are no longer children and no longer students at Hogwarts. Everything is at stake as Voldemort and his minions wreak havoc on their world. As in the other Harry Potter films, there are many lessons about bravery, loyalty and friendship, along with an ever-present battle between right and wrong. Unfortunately, there is a long dream scene that reveals too much, and there are many violent battles between good wizards and bad.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 more closely resembles a war movie than it does the whimsical magical adventure of other Harry Potter films. There are flickers of hope amidst the violence, but the higher number of deaths and bleakness of the story make it the darkest Harry Potter film yet.

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