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I’m a big fan of Harry Potter. Huge. But, for the sake of professional journalism, I shall remain unbiased and judge this brilliant movie with impartial judgment. Completely. I won’t talk about how brilliant the screenplay was, which, by the way, managed to stay true to the original plot, keeping the momentum surging ahead without drowning it in the details. Or that like the book, it had both the cheeky and emotionally-driven scenes that would either bring tears to your eyes or have you going “awww … ”
Yes, this first part of the final Harry Potter film series, which follows the adventures of the titular hero and his faithful, courageous sidekicks on the fate-defining quest of finding and destroying Lord Voldemort’s link to immortality, the Horcruxes, does not disappoint.
It is a testament to how much the Harry Potter franchise has grown over the years. Its fanbase, the actors, and its ability to capture the audience’s attention have grown by leaps and bounds. The film has also grown up with its audience—which is why bringing kids under the age of 10 would not be such a great idea. Where the previous installments have all been adapted into length features, this one has been split into two parts, and the difference has not gone unnoticed. The movie does not feel rushed and the director has taken the time to develop the characters and plot. Worth watching? Definitely. Worth sitting in the cinema for a derriere-numbing three hours? Without a doubt. Again, I’m saying this from a completely un-biased point of view.