Two new movies are being released (wide) this Friday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Synopsis: The final chapter of the “Harry Potter” film series begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes–the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality.
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Jamie Campbell Bower; Directed by: David Yates
Synopsis: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two full-length parts.
Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes.On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever.But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.
Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord.The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them.But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter.The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive.Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him.But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows.And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.
Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “the Boy Who Lived.”No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is directed by David Yates, who also helmed the blockbusters “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, produced the film, together with David Barron.Screenwriter Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the book by J.K. Rowling.Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.
Heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
The film’s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which marks the latest installment in the most successful film franchise of all time.“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” will be released worldwide starting November 19, 2010, and “Part 2” starting July 15, 2011.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released in two parts.
It was announced yesterday that Warner Bros. would release the screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in two parts. David Yates, who directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is currently in production on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will direct from a screenplay adaptation penned by Steve Kloves.
“I’ve had great pleasure working with a tremendous cast and crew thus far, on both The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince,” Yates said in a statement issued today by the studio. Deathly Hallows marks the first time any one director will helm more than two releases in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Yates continued, “It’s a wonderful world to work in and be part of and to create within, and I consider it a great privilege to continue to bring Jo’s extraordinary world to the screen, and to be the director to complete this epic and exhilarating journey.”
“J.K. Rowling delivers a truly magical finale” for Harry Potter. Read on:
It’s been a long time coming. And those of us that have stuck with Harry Potter over the course of his decade-long publishing life, have been anticipating the events of “book seven” since the very beginning. So, does the conclusion live up to ten years worth of expectations? Without a doubt! In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling has delivered an emotionally-charged, action-packed, and completely satisfying conclusion to the magical Harry Potter series.
[SPOILER WARNING: It should go without saying since you're reading a review of the book, but some spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are mentioned beyond this point. We're not giving everything away, but the structure of the novel and key plot points are discussed. You've been warned.]
With each novel in the boy-wizard series, Rowling seems to have evolved her characters along with her storytelling. Each book saw Harry, Ron, Hermione and friends changing and growing older, as Rowling’s style matured in tandem. There’s no doubt that she’s grown as an author over the course of the series, but the evolution seems more like an intentional effort to have the complexity of the book itself mirror the state of the characters and the world they live in. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the culmination of all this. Far from the simple story of an orphan boy living under the stairs, we’ve now come to an epic showdown between the forces of good and evil. Appropriately, Hallows is a very different book than any of the previous ones. The sense of humor, wonderment, and charm that are present in many of the previous books is largely absent here. There are light moments, of course, but the time for cracking jokes about booger-flavored jelly beans is over. This is war.
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