I never imagined myself that I will come to this point that I will write about what I really feel after watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. In a simple manner, this is my own review of the film. To be honest, I feel kind of selfish when it comes to telling stories about Harry Potter. I’ve always been a spoiler to everyone, but this one — I don’t wanna talk about it. I wanna linger on every inch detail of the story and I was trying to collect myself that it’s gonna be over so soon. I think I was about to cry.
I firmly believe that this 7th Harry Potter movie is topping the chart among all the series. Maybe because it doesn’t give a feel of haste or showing an abridged version of the book. Before I watch this movie, I watched the 6 films prior to this one and re-read the 7th book to refresh my memory. Okay fine, I’m exaggerating, but that really is in all honesty. I was so excited – not aroused, but chilling and nervous kind of excitement.
I became so grateful that Singapore is making exception to this kind of movie – I mean for once, they are releasing the movie so up to date, even earlier to the U.S. screening. Unlike other films that you need to wait for few months before it will be available into theaters for public viewing. I keep on saying this; a lot of pirated copies already generated revenues in the Philippines by then. So, as usual, I booked my ticket online for the advanced screening on the 17th of November. I didn’t realize that I already booked that date to attend my friend’s birthday party. That was like – a test of friendship. Of course, I rebooked the ticket.
The movie, compared to other David Yates’ direction, is darker, terribly scary and best-acted film by Harry, Ron and Hermione. They owed the whole film and they literally gave justice to the portrayals that were 10 years entrusted to them. I dunno why I appreciated this movie so much, apart from the fact that I already read the books, unlike before that I was totally clueless on what’s going on, I was curious on how this whole thing manifest in a big screen.
This last movie is by far different because of the maturity of the story itself, the actors and the audience played big part of it. Plot-wise, it’s kind of at slow-paced. I keep wondering on which chapter it will end – and keep on comparing what I’m seeing with what I have imagined when I was reading the book. I always applaud the supplementary scenes that gave some giggles because it surprised a hell on us, which normalized our heartbeats from overwhelming thrill. Spoiler alert, I love the scene when Harry and Hermione danced like kids after Ron left and Harry was trying to cheer her up. It’s kind of odd to see these grown-ups dancing their hearts out and making fun of themselves. I also love the scene in the Ministry, when the three disguised by using the Polyjuice Potion to get the Horcrux from Ambriged.
Acting-wise, well, naturally the three main stars did hell-a-good job. But, I must say, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint equally shared the limelight with Daniel Radcliffe. Emma Watson is a great actress, no question asks. I think Rupert Grint is a revelation on playing as Ron Weasley. He really is a grown man. There were scenes that I found him more adorable than Harry. I certainly agree on the idea that Ron and Hermione will be together.
After coming out the cinema, I was stunned like crazy that I silently memorizing the movie that I just watched. I can watch the movie again, but it’s quite expensive to do that (plus popcorn). It felt like a torture that I still need to wait for 7 months to see how David Yates interpreted the end of Harry Potter story. I wish my imagination will suffice to end the movie that keeps running inside my head. But I will just give myself a migraine and coerce myself to sleep and forget about it.
And please J.K. Rowling, if she still wants to do the follow-up story of Harry Potter, do it right now!