Movie Synopsis: Harry, Hermione, and Ron are not returning to their seventh and final year at Hogwarts.  Instead, they find themselves on the run.  Voldemort and his followers have taken over the Ministry of Magic, and the Order of the Phoenix is in disarray.  Harry and his friends try to continue the quest Professor Dumbledore left them, which is to find and destroy all of Voldemort’s Horcruxes or pieces of his soul.  Only then, can Harry face Voldemort in a final showdown and have any hope of defeating him.

Movie Review: The feel of this Part 1 of 2, which closes out the 7-volume book series, is very much a road trip feel.  Director David Yates, who filmed movies 5 and 6 as well, has chosen a very ominous tone for this Part 1, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are out and about rural UK, and facing improbably odds in their task to defeat Voldemort.  Yates has really focused in on the intensity of emotion between these three characters, and the three principal actors have done a nice job of rising to the occasion.  This is the first film that is truly away from Hogwarts most of the time, and as such the various settings, music, and different cinematography for this movie had a lot more diversity and difference from previous movies.  The result is a fresh film as we continue to explore the overall central plot of good and evil in the wizarding world.  This movie has a great finale which sets up Part 2 nicely, and although we don’t see as many action sequences in Part 1 that we are sure to find in Part 2, the brooding nature of this film is a perfect atmosphere and feel for this movie.  Well done!

Overall Review: 5 stars out of 5