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Film Critique Harry Potter Essay

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Some of the most influential and popular movies of our time are the Harry Potter movies. Based off of novels written by J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter films have heightened our imagination by taking us into a magical world where good and evil come alive. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a fantasy film that used old and new techniques and special effects to create an amazing film.
Steve Kloves helped create the screenplay for the movie along with J.K. Rowling. If writing a screenplay from scratch is hard, then writing a screenplay from a book is twice as hard. Of course, you can’t fit a whole novel into an one and half to two hour movie, some parts are going to have to ...view middle of the document...

The director is in charge of every aspect of the film, he is the boss. The director is usually blamed for the success or failure of a film.
The three main actors in the movie are Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. Of course, this movie has a very large cast of completely different characters. I believe that over the years, their characters have gotten so much better. They have been playing these characters for over ten years; they’ve grown into these characters. Everyone plays their part so well and is so believable that many of these actors are either liked or disliked just because of their character in the Harry Potter films. Most of these actors will forever be known as their character in the Potter movies.
When Daniel, Emma, and Rupert were cast for the first movie, they were only kids and nobody knew who they were. Over the 10 years that the Harry Potter movies were made, I also watched these three actors in other films. I would classify all three as being wild card actors. They have all adjusted to many different films and personalities. Because of the Harry Potter films, these three actors have also become stars. Stars are actors who are so well known that people are intrigued not only by their films, but by their personal lives as well. (Goodykoontz, 2011)
The cinematography in this film is amazing. The first thing you notice is that they use desaturation throughout the whole film. Desaturation is the removal of color to give the film a darker look and feel. (Goodykoontz, 2011) The entire movie is dark, even when they are in the sunlight; it still has a darker feel to it. The colors are not as bright as you know they should be. This gives the movie a sinister feeling, which is perfect because of all the evil and fighting that takes place in the film.
The film follows continuity editing, everything is happening in a continuous time and space. There are also a few clips of dreams or flash backs. The flash backs are little clips of memories all jumbled together to give it a dark and scary feel. The flashbacks are even darker than the rest of the film. The clips move very fast so that you only get a glimpse of what is going on. I have sometimes seen this type of editing in horror movies. One famous scene that comes to mind with this type of editing is the scary tunnel scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It’s just a bunch of pictures that flash by very quickly.
There is one scene in particular that they use the 180 degree rule. When Harry’s friends are taking the Polyjuice Potion to turn into Harry, the camera circles around to see everyone as they transform.
This scene is actually quite amazing; it’s called The Seven Harrys. Each actor had to play their character for a separate taping of each. Then, Daniel (Harry) would study each character, how they moved, talked, undressed and dressed, facial expressions, everything about that character. Then Daniel would be filmed doing...

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