Parents' Guide to

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Excellent, epic saga continues to get darker, more intense.

Movie PG-13 2010 150 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 92 parent reviews

age 11+

Dark, a bit slow paced, but overall good for tweens

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the darkest movie in the series so far, by a mile. It isn’t a comical movie, and expect the characters, when not traveling, to be in constant peril. This is, only part 1, so there is a cliffhanger, and no huge climax. I would say, if watching this with your little ones there is one scene in particular to skip. After pulling Harry out of a lake, Harry tells him to stab a locket. Get ready to skip when they start having this conversation. The locket creates and illusion of Harry and Hermione kissing passionately, and they are suggestively naked. Of course, only their torsos are shown, and mist obscures the rest of their body, but it is still a bit iffy. Later on, Hermione gets tortured, and you hear her very distinctly scream, and also see some of it happening. It could be a bit distressing to hear, but you only see her laying on the floor crying, and there is little to no gore.

This title has:

Great role models
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age 11+

Too scary for Tweens, unclear if you didn't read the book

This was a painful movie to see with my 12 and 14 year old children. It was so dark, and frightening. And the story was unclear for anyone who had not written the book. There are even some sexual innuendos between the main characters. If the objective of the film is to scare everyone with every scene, then they accomplished their mission. Skip this movie until you have 15+ year olds.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (92 ):
Kids say (458 ):

The movie alternates between being a frenetic, nail-biting thriller and a slow-moving adolescent relationship drama set against a beautifully shot, expansive backdrop. Director David Yates, back for his third Potter film, speeds through the action sequences early in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 -- like the fantastic Seven Potters scene, in which six of Harry's friends masquerade as him so that they can help move him to safety. But the second act, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are camping, hiding, and waiting for inspiration can lag, though there's a sweet moment between Harry and Hermione that needs no words. The series' most fervent fans may feel disappointed that some scenes and characters were barely in the movie; it would have been great to see more of Remus (David Thewlis), the Weasleys (especially the twins and Ginny), Neville (Matthew Lewis, who only gets one line), and more. And an entire review could be dedicated to all of the important details in the novel that didn't make the cut.

Despite this, there are fabulous supporting performances by Bill Nighy as the Minister of Magic; Rhys Ifans as Quibbler editor Xenophilous Lovegood; Toby Jones as selfless, noble Dobby; and Evanna Lynch, who's always been pitch-perfect as delightfully quirky Luna Lovegood. There are some great moments of physical comedy, too. As always, though, the heart of the movie comes down to Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson, all of whom give touching, nuanced portrayals as they deal with complicated emotions and terrifying circumstances. Grint in particular is finally able to show some depth as he struggles to balance his love for Hermione, his jealousy of Harry, and his general sense of insecurity. These aren't three kids any more: They're a 17-year-old hero and his best friends, willing to give up everything to save the wizarding world. It's a massive undertaking to depict, and Part 2 provides an appropriately awesome ending.

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