New Harry Potter Film Debuts in London

It's the first part of the two-part finale
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2010 7:41 PM CST
New Harry Potter Film Debuts in London
Emma Watson poses for the photographers as she attends the world premiere of the new film in London.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

American audiences have to wait another week, but the second-last installment of the Harry Potter movies premiered in London tonight. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I sets up the grand finale, which isn't out until July 2011. Not that reviews will mean a whit to devoted fans, but two early ones out of Britain are of the love-it/hate it variety:

  • It's the "scariest" Potter film by far, writes Anita Singh in the Telegraph. "This is also the installment that takes us deepest into the emotions of the central trio" and includes "scenes of real poignancy." Details like self-filling champagne flutes are a "delight" as usual, and the special effects are "terrific." She can't wait for next July.

  • Xan Brooks in the Guardian is not a fan. Yeah, "it looks great, in the way that a show home looks great," he writes. But it lacks soul. "It's not so much that (it) feels at times largely indistinguishable from the six outings preceding it, nor even that part one offers so little in the way of resolution. It's simply that it's hard to mourn the demise of a franchise that was never more than half-alive to begin with." The Potter films won't stand the test of time because they "are too obviously built for purpose and too lacking in wit, warmth and humanity to survive much beyond the moment."
(More Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows stories.)

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