IF YOU have not been keeping up with your recommended dose of Harry Potter, let us bring you up to date with what the movie is all about. First of all, you should know that the movie is based on the bestselling book (of the same name) by British author J.K. Rowling.
There are seven books in the series, which have sold over 400 million copies worldwide, and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final adventure.
The movie adaptation (which will be released in two parts) is directed by David Yates, who also helmed Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.
Who the heck is Harry, you ask? Well, Harry is a boy who, on his 11th birthday, found out that he is not just a regular bespectacled boy with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. He is the “Boy Who Lived” – the boy who sent one of the most villainous wizards of all time, Lord Voldemort, into hiding.
Oh, and Harry did all that while he was still a baby.
The first six movies tell the story of how together with his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry sets out to overthrow Lord Voldemort, who tries to regain his lost dark powers.
In the first part of the final movie, we see the trio, trained under the watchful eyes of Albus Dumbledore – the greatest wizard who has ever lived – leaving the protection of their school and trying to tackle the evil forces on their own.
It is actually the first film in the franchise in which the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not in any scene.
“I think that’s one of the most intriguing things about Part One,” said Yates. “We’re away from the magical environment of Hogwarts, which has always felt very safe even when the characters were in utter jeopardy. Suddenly Harry, Ron and Hermione are trying to survive out in the big, bad world and it’s a dangerous place.”
It makes the adventure edgier and more grown-up, which really appealed to the director and Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – who play Harry, Ron and Hermione, respectively.
On his final mission to tackle Lord Voldemort, Harry learns of an old and almost forgotten tale – the legend of Deathly Hallows. If the legend turns out to be true, it could give the Lord Voldermort the ultimate power he seeks.
But the one prize that is most valuable to the evil guy is none other than Harry Potter himself. “The Chosen One” (that’s Harry) becomes the hunted one as Lord Voldemort’s minions search for Harry with orders to bring him to the evil wizard ... alive. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One opens nationwide tomorrow.
The boy who could: Radcliffe first started playing Harry Potter when he was 10.