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In a nutshell: The boy wizard faces his destiny, fans are left hanging but way-hey! The studios make a recession-busting fortune.

Popcorn rating: 3/5

The end is nigh. But don’t worry too much, it’s not the “end” end…not just yet anyway.

To do justice to JK Rowling’s final doorstopper in the series, studio Heyday Films have split the action into a two-part extravaganza – and Director David Yates sets his cards from the off, as Bill Nighy’s Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour intones into the camera: “These are dark times, there’s no denying.”

The fun at Hogwarts is over…in fact, we are leaving lovely, warm, safe Hogwarts behind altogether as our trio go on the run and smack into danger, intrigue and a new battle against eVil.

And, what with chasing horcruxes, growing up, the first flush of love and the rise of old “nostrils” and his Death Eaters …Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a busy affair. Fortunately, with the luxury of a second instalment to play with, Yates is in no rush to bring the magic to an end.

At just shy of two and a half hours, Part 1 explodes with a dramatic (and frightening) sequence dropping us smack into the action but unfortunately stalling and stop-starts dominate the remainder as Harry & Co. run/disapparate/meander (delete as appropriate) from scene to scene.

Overall, Deathly Hallows is not so much a build-up for the final battle in Part 2, as an exercise in schizophrenic pacing.

However, when it’s on the money, it’s absolutely thrilling. Standouts include:

  • The trio infiltrating the now corrupt Ministry – a section delivering laughs, tension and horror with aplomb
  • A closing act chase in a forest with the frenetic intensity of a Bourne film
  • Ben Hibon delivering a beautiful animation sequence for the fable of the Deathly Hallows.
  • A cast which brings so much prime acting talent from this side of the pond together in a range of adorable, horrible and altogetherwonderful characters (Bonham Carter, Mullan, Fiennes, Thewlis, Walters, McCrory, Spall, Rickman, Staunton, Coltrane..etc)

The less said about Harry and Hermione’s homage to Strictly Come Dancing the better.

Boding well for the final instalment, Part 1 is an uneven but extremely entertaining appetiser. Harry’s game remains spellbinding stuff.

Reviewer: AoifeWantonMovieLover