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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

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

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Even though it ends in the middle, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 finds notes of anxious suspense and grave emotion to send its characters, and its fans, into the last round.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rotten: This one is a long, archetypal journey that screeches to a halt a few stops short of its destination.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fresh: The seventh and penultimate entry in the franchise jettisons the humor and fizz of the earlier movies for a much bleaker adult tone.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Thursday, November 18, 2010

Audience Reviews

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

2 stars

For a science fiction/action film, there are an awful lot of shots of Harry thinking. He thinks huddled up next to a tree. He thinks on a beach. He thinks while standing on rocks. It's not that I don't like contemplative characters - I do - but the film never lets us understand what is specifically going on in his mind. Readers of the books may be able to recall the the subjects of Harry's thoughts and the film's overall mystery, but as a filmmaker, Yates does little to let us in or let us participate in solving the mystery. After all, the film's title doesn't make sense until an hour and a half into my popcorn. Also - and in many circles, this is blasphemy - I don't find the three principal characters all that compelling. What is so special about Harry? Ron? Hermione? They're the "good guys," yes. And you could say, "Harry's the Chosen One." Big fucking deal; if you ask me, the Magic Jagged Scar Club could have chosen a far more charismatic leader. If I paid my friends enough, I'm sure I could be a chosen one too. Overall, I fail to see remarkably unique dimensions to them, which would keep me interested in their journey. During much of the film, I was hoping to see more scenes with David Thewlis, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, or the captivating Ralph Fiennes. Their characters, especially the "evil" ones, seem more imbued with life and complexity than the principals. I especially like the sexuality with which Fiennes's Voldemort conducts his plots. Overall, my suspicion is that the final book was not separated into two parts because there was more ground to cover but because the studios did not want to so quickly part with such a successful franchise.

- hunterjt13, Friday, December 17, 2010