Until last Sunday.
Thus begun a Harry Potter Marathon Week in which we watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on Sunday. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Monday. Tuesday brought the first double feature and we watched Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, followed by another double feature on Wednesday for Order of the Phoenix and the Half-Blood Prince. Which brought us to Thursday and a trip to the cinema for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
It was a very satisfying experience and it actually improved the screening of the Deathly Hallows immensely, because we still remembered all the characters and the plot details that we would otherwise have forgotten (bear in mind that neither of us has read the books). The Harry Potter films have gradually taken for granted that you have watched the previous films/read the books, and they stopped explaining everything that happens on the screen, so they are rather hard to follow for a casual viewer.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is dark from minute one and despite some occasional comic moments it keeps getting darker. This is definitely not a kid's film anymore. It is for those kids that read the first book when they were 10 and are now in their 20s. The three main characters have grown as well and this is the first film that takes them out of Hogwarts (not a single scene in the film takes place there) and puts them out in the real world without an older, wiser adult to guide them when they need help. Harry, Hermione and Ron are on a quest they barely understand, without knowing all of the facts, and there are moments when they are completely lost. At those times the plot moves forwards slowly but that gives a chance for the emotional growth of the characters. It also creates an opportunity for the young actors to prove they've grown as well, and they give us their best performance in all the films (especially Emma Watson).
|Harry, Ron and Hermione out in the real world|
A special mention should go to, arguably, the best part of the film, which is the animated Tale of the Three Brothers, expertly narrated by Emma Watson. The animation is exquisite and it completely absorbs you. I could not take my eyes off the screen for the duration!
|The Tale of The Three Brothers|
|The finale will be epic!|