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Monday, December 13, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1

I just watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 over the last weekends with my siblings and my brother's girlfriend. While many friends have already told me that this movie is kind of boring, I found that it really depends on how you really want the movie. I am more towards the plot instead of the fighting scene, so I would say that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 is not bad actually. I would rate the movie at 4 out of 5.

The movie begins with tRufus Scrimgeour, newly appointed Minister of Magic, addressing the magical world about Voldemort slowly returning to power. Meanwhile, Severus Snape arrives at Malfoy Manor and informs Voldemort when the Order will move Harry from Privet Drive, according to his source. As Voldemort preparing his evil plan to kill Harry Potter, he borrowed Lucius Malfoy's wand to avoid battling with the twin wands and then murders Charity Burbage, Professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts.

Back to the good guys, the Order arrives to meet Harry with some of Harry's friends and took the Polyjuice Potion to become Harry's doppelgängers (something like clone). Next, Harry and his duplicates paired began their way to meet at the Burrow in separate direction to avoid Harry being killed in the middle of the transfer. Everyone of them reached the Burrow safely except for Mad-Eye Moody who was killed in the skirmish and George has a bad head wound from a curse Snape conjured. Because of this, Harry felt that he has allowed too many people to die for him and plans to leave the Burrow to find and destroy the Horcruxes, but Ron manages to convince him to stay until after Bill and Fleur's wedding.

Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour arrives at the Burrow and distributes the items from Dumbledore's last will and testament to Ron (the Deluminator), Hermione (personal copy of "The Tales of Beetle the Bard"), and Harry (the first Snitch Harry caught and the missing Sword of Gryffindor).

During the wedding, Harry talks to Elphias Dodge, one of Dumbledore's old friends and the one who wrote about Dumbledore's legacy, and Ron's Aunt Muriel, a gossiper, and learns that the Dumbledore family once lived in Harry's hometown, Godric's Hollow. Suddenly, a Patronus message sent by Kingsley Shacklebolt appears and warns that the Ministry has fallen, Scrimgeour is dead. Then, Death Eaters appear and kill some of the wedding guests in order to search for Harry, so, Harry, Ron and Hermione disapparate to London.

While discussing their next move in a cafe where they are taking refuge, two Death Eaters came and have battle with the three main casts of the story, and the trio won the duel and leave the place for Grimmauld Place, where they discover that Regulus Arcturus Black, Sirius' younger brother, is the R.A.B. from the false locket found at the end of Half-Blood Prince. They find Kreacher in a cabinet and then Kreacher reveals that the real locket was in the house, but Mundungus took it when he looted Grimmauld Place. Harry sends Kreacher to retrieve Mundungus, who explains that Umbridge extorted it from him in return for not revoking his peddler's license.

They capture and impersonate three Ministry members and enter break into the Ministry, but are quickly split up: Hermione to the courtrooms with Umbridge to witness a false trial, Ron to the Head of Magical Law Enforcement's (Death Eater Yaxley's) office to deal with a lingering rainstorm charm, and Harry is left free to wander since he serendipitously copied the Death Eater Runcorn. Harry finds Umbridge's office, but could not find the locket inside the office, and makes his way down to courtroom, and met Ron halfway. They and Hermione stun Umbridge and take back the locket, and attempt to leave the Ministry. However, their Polyjuice Potion wears off, and during the battle to Floo away, Yaxley catches hold of them as they appear at Grimmauld Place.

While Hermione teleports them away to a forest, Ron was hurt in the escape from the Ministry which prevents the group from moving to another location. In the mean time, they try to destroy the locket, but it proves to be indestructible to their magic, so they are forced to take turns to wear it in spite of its negative effect on their morale. As the trio move about, Ron becomes increasingly suspicious and jealous towards Harry who looks to become more than just friend with Hermione - this is also the effect of the locket. Harry and Hermione have argument with Ron and he left the group. Harry and Hermione are forced to teleport away, leaving Ron no way to return even if he wished to.

Harry and Hermione decided to visit Godric's Hollow to meet Bathilda Bagshot, a magical historian who "knew the Dumbledores more than anyone". While their visit to Godric's Hollow, Harry discovers his parent's gravestone, Hermione noticed that an old woman who seems to be observing them while they pay their respects. Harry guesses that the woman is Bagshot, and they follow her to her home. Harry sees a picture of the teen from Gregorovitch's memory, and Bagshot takes him to the attic when he asks her whether she knew the guy. Meanwhile Hermione wanders downstairs and finds signs of a bloody attack, and realizes that the real Bagshot must be dead. At the attic, the woman decomposes before into Voldemort's snake Nagini, and after a fight Harry and Hermione escape with the only casualty being Harry's wand.

In the forest where they spend the night, Harry sees a patronus doe while keeping watch, and follows it to a frozen pond. He discovers the Sword of Gryffindor at the bottom, but as he swims to reach it the locket goes berserk and attempts to drown him. Ron appears and saves him, grabbing the sword, and Harry convinces Ron to try and destroy the Horcrux. When Harry opens the locket using parseltongue, a monstrous black cloud erupts and shows Ron terrible visions - his fear, spiders, a ghostly Harry telling Ron that Mrs. Weasley wanted him for a son, and a ghostly Hermione mocking him and asking why she would choose Ron over The Chosen One, and the two forms begin kissing. Ron angrily attacks the locket with the sword, destroying the Horcrux.

Next the trio decided to pay Lovegood a visits because Harry realizes that he saw that Lovegood wore the symbol that Hermione keeps seeing in the book. At the Lovegood house, Mr. Lovegood teaches them about the Deathly Hallows, which is an invincible Elder Wand, a Resurrecting Stone, and an Invisibility Cloak. However, when the trio attempts to leave, Mr. Lovegood reveals that the Death Eaters have taken Luna, and he must keep them there until they arrive to see his daughter again.

Then the Death Eaters come attacking the place and the trio escape in the ensuing attack, but teleports back to a former campground, where a group of Snatchers are waiting to capture them and take them to the Ministry. Hermione uses a Stinging Hex to disfigure Harry's face, but when the Snatchers see Harry's scar through the swelling they instead take the group to Malfoy Manor to collect a reward that was set for Harry.

Since the Malfoys and Bellatrix cannot be sure that the disfigured person is Harry, despite the fact that he is traveling with Ron and Hermione, they refrain from summoning Voldemort until the swelling dies down. However, Bellatrix sees the Sword of Gryffindor, which she believes resides in her vault at Gringott's Bank. She imprisons Harry and Ron in the cellar, where they find Luna, Ollivander, and a goblin. While that happens, Bellatrix tortures Hermione to try to find out how they got the sword. The goblin was summoned upstairs to be interrogated, and out of nowhere, Dobby appears.

Since Dobby can teleports freely around the manor, Harry asked his favour to free Luna and Ollivander before breaking Harry and Ron out. The two of them then go to rescue Hermione and the goblin, but despite winning the duels with Dobby's help, Bellatrix throws a knife that stabs and kills Dobby as teleports out of the Manor. Harry gives Dobby a proper burial on the beach where they appear.

The movie ends with Voldemort visiting Dumbledore's White Tomb on the islands near Hogwarts, and splits open the coffin to steal the Elder Wand.

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