Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates, the first of two motion pictures based on the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. It is the seventh instalment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and Rowling. The story follows Harry Potter on a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality – the Horcruxes. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and is followed by the concluding film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Principal photography began on 19 February 2009 and was completed on 12 June 2010. Part 1 was released in 2D cinemas and IMAX formats worldwide on 19 November 2010.
In the film’s worldwide opening weekend, Part 1 grossed $330 million, the third highest in the series, and the highest opening of 2010, as well as the eighth-highest of all-time. With a worldwide gross of $957 million, Part 1 is the third-highest grossing film of 2010, behind Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland. It is the third highest grossing Harry Potter film in terms of worldwide totals behind Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Philosopher’s Stone, and the 15th highest-grossing film of all-time. The film received two nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction.
Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, who previously had refused to believe that Lord Voldemort had returned to the wizarding and Muggle worlds, addresses the wizarding media, stating that the ministry would remain strong even as Lord Voldemort gains strength.
Severus Snape arrives at Malfoy Manor to inform Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters of Harry’s departure from No. 4 Privet Drive. Voldemort commandeers Lucius Malfoy’s wand, as Voldemort’s own wand cannot be used to kill Harry, their wands being “twins”.
Meanwhile, the Order of the Phoenix gather at Privet Drive and escort Harry to safety, using Polyjuice Potion to create six decoy Harrys. During their flight to the Weasley family home at Burrow, all are ambushed by Death Eaters, who kill Mad-Eye Moody and Harry’s owl, Hedwig, and injure George Weasley. At the Burrow, Harry has a vision of the wand-maker Ollivander being tormented by Voldemort, who claims that Ollivander had lied to him by claiming that the only way Voldemort could kill Harry was by using another person’s wand.
Scrimgeour arrives at the Burrow and distributes three items from Albus Dumbledore’s estate to Ron, Hermione and Harry. Ron receives Dumbledore’s Deluminator; Hermione, a copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Harry the first Golden Snitch that he ever caught in a quidditch match. Scrimgeour reveals that Harry was bequeathed the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, but the minister explains that the sword was not Dumbledore’s to pass on and, in any case, was missing.
Next, the Death Eaters take control of the Ministry and assassinate Scrimgeour; they use its authority to persecute Muggle-born witches and wizards. They disrupt the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. Harry, Hermione, and RonNext disapparate to London and find sanctuary at No. 12 Grimmauld Place. There they discover that the “R.A.B.” from the false Horcrux locket is Regulus Arcturus Black, the younger brother of Sirius Black. From Kreacher, the Black’s house-elf, they learn that Mundungus Fletcher stole the real locket. Kreacher and Dobby apprehend Fletcher, who reveals that the locket is in the possession of Dolores Umbridge. Under the disguise of Polyjuice Potion, the trio infiltrate the Ministry and successfully retrieve the locket. The trio escape into the Forest of Dean after accidentally revealing the location of No. 12 Grimmauld Place to Yaxley, a Death Eater who grabs onto Ron as the trio apparates away from the Ministry.
Unable to destroy the Horcrux, they take turns wearing it in order to dilute its malignant power. Harry sees a vision of Voldemort interrogating Gregorovitch, a renowned wand-maker who claims that a teenage boy had once stolen the legendary Elder Wand from his shop. While Ron wears the locket, he is overcome with the suspicion that Harry and Hermione are falling in love and with frustration from their lack of progress, and he abandons the two in the wilderness. Harry and Hermione decide to go to Godric’s Hollow, where they visit Harry’s parents’ graves. They also visit the home of Bathilda Bagshot, who may have the Sword of Gryffindor, which they believe can destroy Horcruxes. However, they are instead cornered by Voldemort’s snake, Nagini, who has been possessing the corpse of Bagshot. Hermione accidentally breaks Harry’s wand as they escape into the wilderness, where Hermione identifies the mysterious thief seen in Harry’s vision as Gellert Grindelwald.
When evening falls, Harry sees a Patronus doe which leads him to a frozen pond. Gryffindor’s sword lies beneath the pond’s ice. Harry breaks the ice and jumps in to reach the sword. The locket around his neck attempts to strangle him, but Ron arrives to rescue Harry. The locket torments Ron, playing on his feelings of inadequacy and jealousy, until Ron smashes it with the sword.
The trio then visit Xenophilius Lovegood to learn about a symbol seen several times on their journey. They learn that the symbol represents the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility. Lovegood betrays them to the Death Eaters in an effort to have his kidnapped daughter returned. Harry envisions Voldemort learning from Grindelwald that the Elder Wand lies with Dumbledore in his grave.
The trio escape into the wilderness once more, where they are captured by Snatchers and taken to Malfoy Manor. Bellatrix Lestrange imprisons Harry and Ron in a cellar in which they discover Luna, Ollivander, and Griphook the goblin. Bellatrix tortures Hermione for information on how they got the sword, which Bellatrix believed to be in her vault at Gringotts. After Dobby apparates to save them, a short battle ensues, and Harry duels and disarms Draco. Dobby is killed by Bellatrix with her dagger as the protagonists escape. Meanwhile, Voldemort breaks into Dumbledore’s tomb and takes the Elder Wand.
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First Published: Jun 20, 2012 – Last Updated: Mar 25, 2013