The best that can be said for this first half of Deathly Hallows is that it's unlikely to displease fans who have committed themselves to reading and seeing the other Potter tales. Those who get dragged along to the movie by the Potter fan base will be much less enthused. The film isn't an outright flop. It's simply dull and much too long.

Here's hoping part two of Deathly Hallows, scheduled for release next July, brings things to an end in a much more satisfying manner.


  • Language/Profanity:  Lord's name taken in vain; a few obscenities.

  • Sex/Nudity:  A few chaste kisses of greeting; Harry's friends take on his appearance and remove their tops, including a female friend who continues to wear a bra; Hermione and Harry kiss passionately, and both appear to be topless, although nothing is seen below the shoulders; a woman asks Harry to zip the back of her dress, then kisses him; Harry strips to his underwear.

  • Violence/Crime:  A snake attacks a wounded woman; a bad head wound; fights and battles while our heroes fly through the air; Harry and his friends are attacked; dead bodies are shown; wounds are treated; a creature's face is slashed.

  • Religion/Morals:  Ron is menaced by an apparition that taps into his inner thoughts and plays on his suspicions; death is portrayed visually as Hermione tells a story about the deathly hallows.

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