As everyone knows, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows entered theaters November 19th. The day had finally come to see Part 1 of the last movie of the epic Harry Potter series. Many students decided to take the risk of seeing the movie at midnight, sacrificing precious hours of sleep on a school night. They filed into line as early as 5:00 PM, and waited until 10:00, when they were finally allowed to enter the theater and pick seats. All showings at AMC Southdale were dedicated to the movie, and all were sold out. Harry Potter fanatics were dressed up as their favorite character, ranging from the lowly house elf to the most evil purebred. Pandemonium ensued: Duels were fought in the hallways of the theater, curses were being cast every which way, broomsticks were being flown to the concession stand, until at last, midnight arrived. Fans took their seats and waited anxiously as the monotonous previews droned on. Suddenly, the lights were dimmed, and the all too familiar theme song of Harry Potter was being played. The thing that everyone had been waiting for was actually happening.
The movie itself was more than anyone could have predicted. Entwining drama, suspense, and a hint of comedy, David Yates does a great job of keeping the viewers’ attention. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the famous Harry Potter, outdoes himself yet again. Be it fleeing from oncoming deatheaters, staring romantically at Ginny, or groaning in pain from seeing visions of Voldemort, Radcliffe’s acting ability goes above and beyond normal standards. Rupert Grint, who plays the red-headed Ron Weasley, also manages to portray his character accurately. Although he remains moody for the majority of the time, his wittiness shines through during certain scenes, lighting smiles on the audience’s faces. Emma Watson portrays the intelligent Hermione Granger. Throughout the movie she shows bravery, passion, anger, and other emotions that truly reflect her character. Another character who really stood out was Bellatrix Lestrange. She is played by Helena Carter, whose intensity out-stages all of the other villains. She plays the role perfectly, and there’s almost a glint of the true Bellatrix in her eyes each time she appears on screen. New characters were introduced, like Xenophilius Lovegood (Rhys Ifans), Luna’s strange father, Bill Weasley (Domhnall Gleason), Ron’s werewolf-bitten brother, Mundungus Fletcher (Andy Linden), a traitorous scum, and Yaxley (Peter Mullan), a loyal death eater.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows definitely lived up to fans’ expectations. Abby Hilden, a sophomore, says “Even though i haven’t seen movies 3, 4, 5, or 6, it was honestly one of the best movies I’ve seen. it was so suspenseful.” Not only was it an exceptional movie, but the experience of going to the midnight showing just added to the excitement. When asked about his opinion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ben Tracy, a junior, responded “The movie itself was one of the best of the series, but the true fun was dressing up, waiting in line for hours, flying around Southdale on a broomstick, getting in wizard duels with random people, and having a night out with friends to celebrate with our great friend: Harry Potter!”