Box art for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

drama, sci-fi & fantasy

Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes the keys to Voldemort's immortality.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

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

what 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.

what 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Simply one of the best Potter movies so far. I have to say David Yates as director has grown with each movie and in this one he brings the love of the subject to the screen. Like it says its part 1 . . so much to cover that well many other characters have very bit parts but overall its a great film.

- jmanard52, Saturday, November 20, 2010

4 stars

I wanted to say "If you love camping then this is the movie for you" Sadly my friend Yama had already made this joke. Instead iI will say I felt every death in this movie. I look forward to the finale.

- Godless, Saturday, January 1, 2011

3 stars

Being a hardcore Harry Potter fan, I was completely overwhelmed by this film's perfection upon watching it the first time. A second viewing, after all the anticipation and curiosity had worn off, helped me to see "Deathly Hallows" is far from perfect, and is actually just a decent movie; a nice little preview of what the final chapter might be like. The seventh entry in the boy wizard's canon boasts riveting action sequences, outstanding visual effects and some fine work by Rupert Grint and Jason Isaacs. The addition of an animated sequence is a welcome change of pace for what has become a very dark and somewhat formulaic franchise. On the other hand, over-the-top performances and unnecessary comedic moments sort of spoil the dramatic rhythm.

- fernandorafael, Thursday, December 23, 2010