The Deathly Hallows: Harry Potter comes of age

Published: February 22, 2011

In the final films Harry Potter and his friends face their demons

The Harry Potter series has come a long way since the first book. The film adaptations have managed to stay true to J K Rowling’s books and the latest film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the  seventh in the series – tells the darker side of the that story audiences world over have come to love.

The film takes us into the mind of Lord Voldemort, the darkest wizard of all time whom Harry must defeat by the end of his quest. Unlike previous films, there is no attempt to tone down the dark cruelty of the Death Eaters, (Voldemort’s followers) ; we see Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter) torture Hermione Granger and Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) dominate the first few minutes of the film as an undercover Death Eater.

Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione are no longer at Hogwarts. Their relationships mature on their journey. We see differences creep in to Harry and Ron’s friendship and witness internal battles the friends have fought since the start. Romance also blooms in the film as Harry and Ginny grow closer.

It is the simplicity of the film that makes it so good. As far as adaptations go, it isn’t always necessary to follow every line of the book you’re filming as long as the director is confident that he can do it better. In this case no fancy alterations are made to an already great story; the original punch lines have been retained but director David Yates has brought a special flavour The Deathly Hallows – as he does with all his films.

Some of the best scenes are the scariest. For example the scene where Harry goes back to his childhood home to meet the famous historian witch Bathilda Bagshot, author of A History of Magic. Wreathed in a backdrop of darkness, Bathilda’s appearance brings forth a frightening outcome in the film. Her house, her strangled whispers and the discovery of the serpent Nagini are frightening sequences. This particular scene had some kids in the cinema hiding under their seats in fear – now that is true success!

Another memorable scene is the broom chase in the beginning of the film. The chase included Death Eaters chasing Harry and Hagrid and did not disappoint.

The Deathly Hallows has been appreciated by critics. The decision to split the film adaptation of the final book in to two parts proves to be correct.

A disappointing part of the film were Dobby’s last words in the final scenes. Loyal house-elf Dobby’s comes to a singularly unpleasant end in one of saddest scenes of the series. As Harry, the ‘boy who lived’ digs a grave for another one of his friends he decides which course to take in the future and the film comes to a grim close.

Jza Rizvi

Jza Rizvi

A copywriter at an advertising firm in Lahore. She is a graduate in Economics and is interested in sci-fi, fantasy and history

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    Although I am a fan of Harry Potter series, the movies have been so far disappointing. Maybe the the picture that form in my mind about characters, the way they behave, their expressions, their energy and flow of story is different from what is portrayed in the movies, still I will not count the adaptation as successful despite record breaking crowd for each movie.
    I had stopped watching the movies after Goblet of Fire and only recently decided to watch the last two when Deathly Hallows part 1 was released. While OOtP remained true and bit enjoyable, HBP was a horrendous adaptation and I was utterly disappointed, remembering why I stopped watching the movies in the first place (nothing against the series since I only recently read all 7 books again … finishing the series 8th time if I remember the count correctly). What more, I saw the last two in BlueRay format and despite high quality the movie failed to impress miserably.
    The games, on the other hand, have been much better. Though I have only played the first two and currently downloading the recent one, they have been much more fun and engaging than the movies have ever been.
    I don’t know how good the first part of Deathly Hallows is (and from the sound of this post it looks better than its predecessors), I am just hoping the following part is as incredible as was ending in the book. The battle scenes between Voldemort and Death Eaters, OOtP members, Dumbledore’s Army, Hogwarts teachers and students, Giants, Aragog’s spiderings, Centaurs, Hogsmead residents and families of students towards the end are much harder to portray and if they did it successfully, it might be as great as Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King turned out to be.Recommend

  • Intelligent Realist

    ^^ I find myself once again defending Half-Blood Prince from so-called “fans”. It was a VERY GOOD film and a VERY GOOD adaptation. Just because it doesn’t include every scene or character or plot detail or subplot from the book does NOT mean it’s a bad adaptation. There’s more to it than that, such as the tone/spirit of the book, the correct characterisation and even little elements such as references or symbolism. And just because a film wasn’t extremely faithful to its source material does NOT make it a bad film.

    Deathly Hallows was a good film, but Half-Blood Prince and the Prisoner of Azkaban are superior in terms of filmmaking.Recommend

  • Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    @Intelligent Realist:
    I would agree on Prisoner of Azkaban, however I would still differ on Half-Blood Prince. I am not implying that everything should be included from the book, what I am implying is to not ruin the spirit of the book utterly.
    For example, the scene where Ron is in hospital after the poisoning incident with Harry and Hermione at his bedside. Dumbledore, Snape, McGonagall and Pomfrey were also in the room when Lavendar suddenly comes in shouting “Won Won” and Snape looks at other teachers like utterly confused at what’s happening. I don’t have a bad memory but I recall that he wasn’t there in the book and seriously, Lavendar would have squeaked out if she would have seen Snape and Dumbledore both in the room (or at least would have refrained from shouting won won in the first place).
    There are other similar scenes that do not do justice to the spirit of the book and characters. However, as I said before, maybe I picture things much differently than I ought to. That might probably be the reason why I am not satisfied with the movies.Recommend

  • Ron

    Harry Potter is un-Islamic and there is lot of blasphemy in it. I would request my brothers and sisters on this forum to avoid itRecommend

  • Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    I just saw HP 7 part one. Though it was a Cam print and a good one at that, I must say I was impressed by the energy of the movie. I believe that after Prisoner of Azkaban (also my favorite book of the series), this is the first movie that actually brought the magic to life. A few additions that suited the movie, much more dynamic acting (the trio this time really feel like characters from the book), excellent locations and wonderful storyline.
    The game though was disappointing. Weird controls, shoddy spell work and redundant fighting sequence making it boring to play.Recommend