Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Theatrical Release: November 19, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1


The final chapter of the “Harry Potter” film series begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes–the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality.

Dove Review

This latest installment in the “Harry Potter” series is part one of the final movie and part two will screen next year. The entertainment factor is present in this one as in the others, with fantastic special effects and dark creatures which Harry, Hermione and Ron must overcome. We also learn what “hallows’ means in reference to the title. It is nice to see loyalty and honoring one’s parentage as a couple of the nice themes in the movie too. There is a lot of dialog in the film with several twists in the plot and if you have not read the book or seen previous films, as a viewer you would be lost in spots. However, most people who would watch would be those who are already quite familiar with the books and movies.

We wish to note that there is a scene in which one character is hurt on his upper arm and shoulder and it was rather graphic and bloody, with tendons or muscles being seen. The violence level borders on a three, which would automatically place it outside of our family approval level but we cannot award our Dove Seal to the film at any rate, as we have not awarded it to other films in this series, simply because of the scenes such as the one which takes place in which one character mentions having placed curses on a character. We realize it is a fantasy film and some of our readers may believe we are being too strict, but we would rather make a mistake on the side of caution rather than be too liberal in approving movies for family viewing. At any rate, the content listing is below and we suggest families consult it carefully. It was nice to hear a couple of “Merry Christmas” greetings uttered in the movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Themes of coexisting with all, despite differences, is stressed; Harry and Ron must resist certain temptations
Sex: A comment about mating; a potion makes a girl look like a male wearing a bra; a couple share a kiss; a woman passionately kisses a man she thinks is her husband but he isn't; a nude couple obscured by clouds kiss; a male villain gets in a girl's face in a sexually intimidating way.
Language: H-3; D-1; A-1; OMG-2: P-1
Violence: A woman falls hard on table and dies; many uses of wands and many characters are zapped with them; evil creatures attack; bloody wound seen on character's neck and on a character's shoulder and it is graphic; characters are grabbed and shoved and a couple of characters are shoved to the floor; character stabbed with wand though the impact is not seen; small explosions; large snake attacks a character; character is stabbed; a character is seen hanging but it is a shadow and animated and very brief; a character's hair is grabbed; character is stabbed and blood is seen on knife.
Drugs: Drinks are seen at a wedding reception but what they are is not clear.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless males; bra seen on male; nude couple embrace but are obscured by clouds.
Other: A few jump scenes including a giant snake in a scene; the use of magic and evil powers as wands are used to zap characters and there are some deaths; riding on brooms; a mention of the school of witches and wizards; a character mentions having put curses on a character; an evil and controlling group; man steals wand from dead corps; the subject of death.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Steve Kloves & J.K. Rowling
Director: David Yates
Producer: David Barron
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 146 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter