As most of you know the final instalment of the Harry Potter series has been broken into two parts. Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiered worldwide last week Friday and I was there to see it. After all the hype about what an amazingly great movie it would be, I was bitterly disappointed.  Apart from the fact that it was about 100°C inside the Eikestad Cinema, Ster Kinekor messed up my seats (so I sat on uncomfortable temporary seats) and Harry and friends looked like they were on drugs, the movie was absolutely atrocious to say the least!

It started off in the usual Harry Potter fashion with the eerie music in the clouds followed by the first line of the movie “These are dark times, there is no denying it.” This line pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the movie. It is a very dull movie with very little colour and at times it feels like you are watching an obituary. The movie felt extremely long (i’m not sure if it was the heat or the uncomfortable chairs) compared to the other Harry Potter movies which were much more exciting.

One of the major problems with this movie was that Harry and friends were all over the show with Hermione’s “time travelling tricks”. Even though her spell helps the trio to get out of trouble when it really matters, she takes them to places that have sentimental value to her.

The most exciting character in this movie was Dobby. He eventually dies and Harry insists on giving him a proper burial. As for the trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron, they look like they have all been doped up and need some serious rehab. In their defence it was the “Horcrux” that did that to them but after they had destroyed it they looked like they had smoked about five Jeffries each!

All in all it was good night out but the movie was terribly dragged out.  I’m not sure if it was the unpleasant conditions that I watched the movie in or if it really was that boring but hopefully part 2 is exciting and they cut straight to the chase.

So if you looking to take a girl out, DO NOT take her to go see this movie because it is an instant vibe killer. This is the kind of movie you would go watch with your mother.

Happy Potting


PS. DO NOT go to Eikestad mall in Stellenbosch to watch movies until they fix their aircon

  • I always thought the Harry Potter movies were unrealistic… I mean, a Ginger kid with 2 friends? come on…

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  • Would you really take me to the movies?

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  • May hav been a bit dragged out, but it so faemr is the most accurate movie. Some lines are directly out of the novel. To add further support to my harry potter love… Those special effect were SICK! It took them an entire year to film the chase with harry and hagrid. HP is not a movie for a date night, it’s a movie for tHose ( the mass majority of the world) who adore the books… So if u haven’t gotten into the novel the movie will not be your cup of tea.

  • I have to call you out on a number of things here:

    1. If you’ve ever read the book (from your review I assume you haven’t) you will remember that the first part of the Deathly Hallows was rather dull. The reason for this, is character development, which, in my mind they pulled off brilliantly. In every other movie/book they have always been in school amidst a myriad of distractions. In this film they brought the trio together and set them on an impossibly difficult mission. It is under circumstances like these that viewers get to truly see the bond of friendship and companionship between Harry, Ron and Hermione.

    2. I don’t know where you learnt to write reviews, but you can’t just give away a main character’s death in the fourth paragraph (or at all for that matter). That is what’s known as a “SPOILER”. Obviously, people who read the book know that Dobby dies already – but still, try keep huge plot surprises from making their way into your reviews.

    3. Telling us that H, R and H look doped up is not beneficial to your review. For all you/us know, they were supposed to look like that for their characters (which I think is extremely likely considering the drug-like effect that the Horcrux has on its possessor).

    4. Hermione’s ‘time-traveling tricks’ is actually an ability called Apparating, which you would know about if you’d read the books. All wizards/witches can do it. It’s basically teleporting.

    That will be all.

    • Neelz

      This is the kind of criticism I am looking for. I am here to cause a stir. Yes you do make valid points and I think had I watched the movie in more comfortable conditions, I would have enjoyed it a tiny bit more. Thanks for your post I look forward to seeing more opinions like this from you in the future 🙂

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