One pleasant surprise in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 is the beautifully animated sequence that accompanies Hermione’s reading of the story of the Hallows. The director of that short-film-within-a-film, Ben Hibon, has done other great work including this 2006 short produced for MTV Asia.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is not a movie. Sure, it’s two plus hours of a film projected on a screen in a movie theater, but it’s not a complete movie. And I don’t mean that as some sort of swipe at the fact that Warner Bros opted to cut the final Potter book in half but rather to explain to you that Warner Bros took an entire movie and cut it in half. When Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ends you don’t feel like the movie has finished but rather that you’ve hit the intermission; after ten minutes and a piss you’re ready to go back in and watch how all the set-up from the first half pays off.