Run time: 146 mins
In Theaters: Friday 19th November 2010
Box Office USA: $295.0M
Box Office Worldwide: $954.3M
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Fresh: 203 Rotten: 56
IMDB: 7.7 / 10
Director: David Yates
Screenwriter: Steve Kloves
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour, Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, Brendan Gleeson as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody, John Hurt as Mr. Ollivander, Ciarán Hinds as Aberforth Dumbledore, Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom, Rhys Ifans as Xenophilius Lovegood, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy, Jamie Campbell Bower as Gellert Grindelwald, Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour, Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley, Warwick Davis as Griphook, Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid, David Thewlis as Remus Lupin, Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy, Timothy Spall as Wormtail, Julie Walters as Molly Weasley, Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge, Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia, Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks, James Phelps as Fred Weasley, Oliver Phelps as George Weasley, Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley, Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley, Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley, Frances de la Tour as Madame Olympe Maxime, Sophie Thompson as Mafalda Hopkirk, David O'Hara as Albert Runcorn, Steffan Rhodri as Reg Cattermole, Katie Leung as Cho Chang, Samuel Roukin as The Snatcher, Ian Kelly as Mr. Granger, Michelle Fairley as Mrs. Granger, Carolyn Pickles as Charity Burbage, Peter Mullan as Death Eater Yaxley, Guy Henry as Pius Thicknesse, Arben Bajraktaraj as Antonin Dolohov, Rod Hunt as Thorfinn Rowle, Suzanne Toase as Alecto Carrow, Ralph Ineson as Amycus Carrow, Adrian Annis as Death Eater, Emil Hostina as Death Eater, Richard Strange as Death Eater, Paul Khanna as Death Eater, Anthony John Crocker as Death Eater, Peter G. Reed as Death Eater, Granville Saxton as Death Eater, Judith Sharp as Death Eater, Ashley McGuire as Death Eater, Penelope McGhie as Death Eater, Bob Yves Van Hellenberg Hubar as Death Eater, Tony Kirwood as Death Eater, David Ryall as Elphias Doge, Matyelok Gibbs as Auntie Muriel Weasley, Simon McBurney as Kreacher (voice), Jon Campling as Death Eater, Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan, William Melling as Nigel, Simon Grover as Death Eater, Freddie Stroma as Cormac McLaggen, Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown, Anna Shaffer as Romilda Vane, Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle, Scarlett Byrne as Pansy Parkinson, Afshan Azad as Padma Patil, Nick Moran as Scabior, Toby Jones as Dobby, Kate Fleetwood as Mary Cattermole, Rade Šerbedžija as Gregorovitch, Jamie Campbell Bower as Young Gellert Grindelwald, Hazel Douglas as Bathilda Bagshot, Adrian Rawlins as James Potter, Geraldine Somerville as Lily Potter, Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter, Dave Legeno as Fenrir Greyback, Graham Duff as Death Eater
After the tragic events of the previous school year, Harry (Radcliffe) and his pals Ron and Hermoine (Grint and Watson) know that they can't go back to normal. Instead, they're on the run from Voldemort (Fiennes) and his fearsome Death Eaters. They also have an overwhelming task: collecting the horcruxes that Voldemort has hidden to ensure his immortality. But where to look? And when they find one, how do they destroy it? Then a rebel journalist (Ifans) tells them the story of the Deathly Hallows, which makes their quest even more urgent.
The plot has a very different structure, as our three heroes are propelled by startling events into increasingly uncertain situations. Persistently chased by the bad guys and unable to trust anyone, they are profoundly alone and constantly in danger. We strongly feel their lonely desperation all the way through the film, so when another nasty thing happens to push them further along, it's genuinely unsettling.
Although it feels far too long, Yates and Kloves thankfully mix the dark drama with lighter comedy, allowing the characters to grow organically. Over seven films the story has grown increasingly gloomy but, despite the relentless anxiety, this chapter has an insistent pace, which is helpful since pretty nightmarish things are happening. There's also some subtext in the political storyline, as the villains seize control first of the media and then the government.
By now, the three central actors have settled solidly into their roles, adding subtle edges in every scene. Intriguingly, Grint has emerged as the most complex performer, but all three are excellent. And the who's who of British acting talent around them is fantastic. Stand-outs this time are Nighy (as a slippery politician), Isaacs (as a disgraced baddie) and Mullan (as a vicious security guy). But several others get a chance to shine as well, and of course there's a lot more action to come in Part 2.