Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

  • Review Date: November 17, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 150 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Excellent, epic saga continues to get darker, more intense.
  • Review Date: November 17, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 150 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages include the idea that every hero needs help to defeat evil; that "blood status" (the magical equivalent of racial purity) isn't important; that all kinds of people -- magical and non-magical -- should be able to co-exist peacefully; and that some things, some battles are greater than one person. By defying his former masters, Dobby shows the importance of free will, loyalty, and friendship. Hermione's choice to stay with Harry even though she loves Ron is a good lesson in staying true to your word, while Ron's choice to come back is a great lesson in redemption.

Positive role models

Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all the members of the Order of the Phoenix are positive role models -- they work together against the scariest villains and toughest of odds. Even though Voldemort's cronies have taken over the Ministry, the actions of the Order, the central trio, and Dobby are strong examples of how even the humblest creatures can do amazing things.

Violence

The body count in this movie is the highest of all the adaptations to date. Several characters -- mostly recurring supporting players, but also a couple of newly introduced ones -- are killed, mostly via the Killing Curse. One beloved character dies after suffering a bloody knife wound. While on the run, the central trio is each injured -- Hermione is tortured, Ron's shoulder is severely hurt, and Harry nearly drowns while being choked by a cursed locket. A character loses his ear to a Death Eater (bloody wound visible). Muggle-born characters are shown being whisked away against their will -- toruture/mistreatment is implied. The good guys face down Death Eaters, Dementors, Snatchers, and, in one gruesome scene, a man-eating snake that bursts out of a dead body. Weapons include wands and fists in most of those fights.

Sex

Ginny asks Harry to zip up her dress, and then turns around and exposes a strip of bare back (all the way down to her waist) to him. They then kiss. Lots of flirting and longing looks, as well as embraces between Ron and Hermione. An evil, ghostly version of Harry and Hermione torment Ron by embracing and kissing passionately while appearing nearly nude (their torsos are visible, but it's all very blurry/misty).

Language

Frequent use of British slang like "bloody," "bleeding," and "git," plus "damn," "piss," "ass," "hell," and "oh my God" said once or twice. The insults "Mudblood" and "blood traitor" -- which are the wizarding world's equivalent of nasty racist terms -- are said several times as well.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Champagne glasses are magically filled at a wedding reception, and people eating at a large dinner table are shown with goblets in front of them, but no one is really drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the second-to-last installment in the epic Harry Potter movie saga is the darkest, most intense yet. It has the highest body count of any Potter film, including the deaths of several recurring characters -- some of which are particularly emotional and upsetting. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their friends are bloodied, injured, and cursed. In one startling "jump" scene, Voldemort's giant killer snake bursts out of an old woman's body; there's also a particularly disturbing torture scene in which a major character is branded with an insult. Expect a bit of sensuality, including lots of longing looks and protective embraces between Ron and Hermione, a passionate snog between Harry and Ginny, and a scene of "ghost" versions of Harry and Hermione tormenting Ron with a sensual kiss (they appear to be nude, and you can see their torsos, but it's quite blurry/misty). Despite the amped-up angst and violence, the characters prove again and again that unconditional friendship, loyalty, and love can survive even the most harrowing of threats.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

With Professor Dumbledore dead and the Ministry of Magic under Lord Voldemort's control, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) embark on a dangerous mission to search for five missing horcruxes (fragments of Voldemort's soul). Wanted and on the run, the trio -- with only Dumbledore's bequests of a children's book, a golden snitch, and a mysterious light-catcher to guide them -- go in search of their first horcrux (Slytherin's locket). Cut off from the rest of the wizarding world, their mission is complicated by stress, fear, and frustration ... which leads to friction and confrontation. But interpersonal matters fade in comparison to threats from Death Eaters, Snatchers, and the Dark Lord's other supporters -- including the Malfoy family and Bellatrix LeStrange (Helena Bonham Carter). Help eventually comes in unexpected forms -- but so does tragedy. Meanwhile, Voldemort is on the hunt himself, not just for Harry, but also for something he believes will aid him in his goal to kill the Chosen One.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 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 the movie -- 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 feel sluggish. The series' most fervent fans may feel disappinted that some scenes and characters were barely in the movie; it would have been great to see more of Remus, the Weasleys (especially the twins and Ginny), Neville (who only gets one line), Krum, Dean, and more. And an entire review could be dedicated to all of the important details in the novel that didn't make the cut.

But despite the lack of some of fans' favorite characters and book details, there are fabulous supporting performances by Bill Nighy as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimegour; Rhys Ifans as Quibbler editor Xenophilous Lovegood; Toby Jones as selfless, noble Dobby; and Evanna Lynch, who's always been pitch-perfect as delightfully loopy 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, so here's hoping Part 2 provides an appropriately awesome ending.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this is an appropriate movie for younger kids, even if they've seen or read the books. Discuss whether your child is truly ready for this movie, which is very dark and disturbing at times. (And for more, check out our age-by-age guide to Harry Potter.)

  • Why does Harry need help on his journey? What do Hermione and Ron offer him that no one else can? Can you think of other movie/literary heroes who require a lot of help on their life-or-death journeys?

  • How does Ron's departure affect Harry and Hermione? How did the locket horcrux torment Ron, and what did it confirm about his self-esteem? Did he redeem himself by his return?

  • If you've read the book, what parts of the novel were left out? Which were faithfully adapted? How did you feel about the characters who died in the movie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 19, 2010
DVD release date:April 12, 2011
Cast:Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Director:David Yates
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:150 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality

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Written byAnonymous November 23, 2010
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11
QUALITY
 

to all who are under 11, viewer discretion is advised

O.K. so this was a good movie but I could only watch the first hour of it beacause it was so so so violent and realy super dark plus the locket destrying part was a bit more then we needed to see, in the book yes harry and hermione do start making out but they are not naked .Other than that it give it 4 stars it was full of action and intensity it was also ver very suspencefull although i would not let my 9 year old cousin see it **SPOILER ALERT** now here is some stuff that bothers me, one is the first parts of the film takes place at the home and mantion of the Malfoys and my mother told me this part reminded her of a horror film because of it's desturbing content voldemort is holding a meeting there and he ends up killing a muggle studies teacher and then feeding the body to his gigantic python nagini also george loses his ear and this is also very very bloody and gorey ** SPOILER ALERT IS NOW OVER** thank you for reading this and thank you for your time
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Educator and Parent of a 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 year old Written bysomelibrary May 17, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 

Great for the right age kids!

I think the whole Harry Potter saga is an excellent story about resilience and the power of friendship and love that transcends blood ties. As Harry and friends grew older, the crux of their problems became more mature, so I believe that it is a story best consumed over time- true of both the books and the movie. This movie will be enjoyed that much more by the older set!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2, 6, and 9 year old Written byElizabethW November 22, 2010
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16
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:(

I just saw this today and I will definitely say that it is not for children. I think most people know about the questionable scenes by now, so I won't go into them, but it's definitely dark, violent with torturing, and partial nudity. My kids won't see this until they are in their upper teens. As a society we need to stop becoming more and more comfortable with this stuff and start taking a stand.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old April 22, 2011
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9
QUALITY
 

GOOD MOVIE

I loved this movie there were only 2 scary things in it and 1 kiss I don't think it should b rated PG 13 but PG
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models

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