Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [Part 1]

[SOM #30]

This is the seventh of eight movie reviews of the Harry Potter films.

Leah Haydu of GamerDork ReRolled returns after a week off along with Sharon Shaw of Gonzo Planet and Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits. This week’s Defense against the Dark Arts teacher is Gary Blower of GameBurst.

This is my favourite of the eight films. Possibly because of the extra time afforded the creators by the two part-structure, possibly because of the serious, tense and thrilling atmosphere brought on by the game-changing final year, but most likely because of the genuinely effective and sustained emotional resonance throughout. Not just the explosive highs and lows but the incredibly heartfelt and subtle moments in between.

This episode, we go in-depth on wartime allegory, the Malfoys, Rufus Scrimgeour, the fall of the Ministry of Magic, the audiobooks, The One Locket, the degrading and changing friendships, the Tales of Beedle the Bard, Scabior and the Snatchers, the sudden coming-of-age that the tripod are forced to undergo and the simple, bravery of Dobby.

This is all accompanied by the breathtaking music of Alexandre Desplat and for one moment; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Author: Alex Shaw

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  1. I really, really enjoyed this. It was interesting to hear the reasoning for many of the differences between the book and the film. I’m going to go and listen to the others from the beginning now.

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