It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned. Written by
Frances de la Tour reprises the role of Madame Olympe Maxime (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)) in this film, even though the character does not appear in the book. She may be a substitute for Viktor Krum (also from the Goblet story), who appeared prominently in the same scene in the book. See more »
In the book, when Snape brings the sword, he was only able to find Harry and get past the security measures because Hermione took the portrait of Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black from Sirius house and Black told Snape how to locate them while occupying his official Hogwarts portrait. In the movie they never took the portrait or interacted with it at all. See more »
These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today. But I say this to our citizenry: We, ever your servants, will continue to defend your liberty and repel the forces that seek to take it from you! Your Ministry remains strong.
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The end credits are in 3D gold text. When they conclude, the Deathly Hallows symbol appears, first in extreme close-up with all three items rotating independently (like the one Mr. Lovegood wears around his neck), then shrinks down with the title appearing centered across it. Next, the line fades out followed by the circle and, as the triangle fades out, the Elder Wand appears in its place. See more »
Up until now, I was convinced that from the 4th book onwards, Harry
Potter-books had become too complex to make into film: Goblet of Fire
was a sore disappointment. Order of the Phoenix left many Potterheads
wanting more, even if it wasn't a bad film per se (personally I
thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I felt they left out too much).
Half-blood Prince -while visually stunning- did not capture the
brilliance of the book. With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", I
think the makers have finally succeeded in crafting a movie that was
both fun to watch for casual viewers while also catering to the needs
of the hard-core fans who know the books by heart. The decision to
split the movie into two parts may be judged as a financial one by
some, but I'm convinced it was the only possible way to make this work.
The movie was cut off at the perfect time as well, having the viewers
yearn for more without being too abrupt.
I don't want to give away anything, so I'll just say this: Hats of to
you, David Yates. One can only hope the second installment will
continue in the same vein...
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