Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Film

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Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction – the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever… but dark forces in their midst threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place. The long-feared war has begun, and the Dark Lord has seized control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrifying and arresting all who might oppose him. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with order to bring him to Voldemort… alive.

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Release Dates


Angola – November 18, 2010
Egypt – November 17, 2010
South Africa – November 26, 2010

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Cambodia – August 18, 2011
China – November 19, 2010
Hong Kong – December 16, 2010
India – November 19, 2010
Indonesia – November 19, 2010
Israel – November 18, 2010
Japan – November 19, 2010
Kazakhstan – November 18, 2010
Kuwait – November 17, 2010
Malaysia – November 18, 2010
Oman – November 18, 2010
Philippines – November 18, 2010
Singapore – November 17, 2010
South Korea – December 16, 2010
Taiwan – November 19, 2010
Turkey – November 17, 2010
United Arab Emirates – November 18, 2010
Vietnam – November 26, 2010

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Armenia – December 4, 2010
– November 17, 2010
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
– November 18, 2010
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Czech Republic
– November 18, 2010
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– November 19, 2010
– November 26, 2010
– November 17, 2010
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– November 25, 2010
– November 17, 2010
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– November 18, 2010
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– November 18, 2010
– November 26, 2010
– November 19, 2010
– November 21, 2010
– November 17, 2010
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– November 17, 2010
Switzerland (French)
– November 24, 2010
Switzerland (German)
– November 18, 2010
– November 18, 2010
United Kingdom (London World Premiere)
– November 11, 2010
United Kingdom
– November 19, 2010

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North America

Canada – November 19, 2010
Dominican Republic – November 18, 2010
Mexico – November 17, 2010
Panama – November 19, 2010
Puerto Rico – November 18, 2010
United States – November 19, 2010

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Australia – November 18, 2010
New Zealand – November 18, 2010

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South America

Argentina – November 18, 2010
Brazil – November 19, 2010
Colombia – November 18, 2010
Peru – November 18, 2010
Uruguay – November 19, 2010

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" - By Kimberley Jones | The Austin Chronicle | November 19, 2010

"HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1" - By Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times | November 16, 2010

"'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1' — 3 stars" - By Michael Phillips | The Chicago Tribune | November 16, 2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" - By Josh Tyler | Cinema Blend

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1" - By Joshua Starnes | ComingSoon.net | November 12, 2010

"Excellent, epic saga continues to get darker, more intense." - By Sandie Angulo Chen | Common Sense Media

"Deathly and dark: The Perfect Harry Potter cliff-hanger" - By Chris Tookey | Daily Mail | November 12, 2010

"Review: Harry Potter film “Deathly Hallows” unleashes the bleakness in a ripping thriller" - By Claire Martin | The Denver Post | November 17, 2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review" - By Nick De Semlyen | Empire | November 11, 2010

"They've ditched Hogwarts, hurling our trusty teenage trio out into the wilderness – could we be getting to the point at last" - By Peter Bradshaw | The Guardian | November 18, 2010

"Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1" - By Rowan Blaze | I Have Touched the Sky | November 19, 2010

"Harry Potter And The Next Death Day" - King Sheep Blog | November 19, 2010

"HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1" - By Mark Dujsik | Mark Reviews Movies | November 18, 2010

"REVIEW: Less Magic, More Brooding in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" - By Stephanie Zacharek | Movieline | November 18, 2010

"Time for Young Wizards to Put Away Childish Things" - By A.O. Scott | The New York Times | November 18, 2010

"Harry Potter Begins His Final Bow In Fine Fashion" - NY Movie Reviews

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I" - By Peter Travers | Rolling Stone | November 18, 2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" - By Amy Biancolli | San Francisco Chronicle | November 19, 2010

"‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Review" - By Kofi Outlaw | Screen Rant | November 19, 2010

"Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" - By Jette Kernion | Slackerwood | November 19, 2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" - By Nick Schager | Slant Magazine | November 17, 2010

"The penultimate instalment in the Harry Potter franchise is the scariest yet - but a film of real poignancy. Rating * * * *" - By Anita Singh | The Telegraph | November 11, 2010

"Harry, Ron and Hermione abandon the safety of Hogwarts, and so does this dark and despairing story." - By Justin Chang | Variety | November 11, 2010


Awards Won

AFI Awards

Special Award
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Art Directors Guild

Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award
David Heyman, David Barron, David Yates, Chris Columbus, Mike Newell, Alfonso Cuarón, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Michael Goldenberg, Stuart Craig, Neil Lamont, Stephenie McMillan
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Awards Circuit Community Awards

The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders - Honorable Mentions

British Academy Britannia Awards

The John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing
David Yates
Won along with
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Empire Awards

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards

Film Composer of the Year
Alexandre Desplat

MTV Movie Awards

Best Villain
Tom Felton

National Board of Review Awards, USA

Special Achievement in Filmmaking
David Heyman (For "The Harry Potter Franchise - A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film")
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Park City Film Music Festival

Distinguished Artist Award
Conrad Pope

Teen Choice Awards

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Emma Watson

Choice Movie Liplock
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Choice Movie Villain
Tom Felton

Visual Effects Society Awards

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Matheiu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson (For "Dobby")

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Academy Awards

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz, Nicolas Aithadi

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Stuart Craig (production designer), Stephenie McMillan (set decorator)

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

Best Costume
Jany Temime

Best Director
David Yates

Best Fantasy Film

Best Make-Up
Mark Coulier, Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight

Best Special Effects
Nicolas Aithadi, Tim Burke, Christian Manz, John Richardson

Art Directors Guild

Excellence in Production Design - Fantasy Film
Stuart Craig (production designer), Neil Lamont (supervising art director), Andrew Ackland-Snow (senior art director), Mark Bartholomew (art director), Alastair Bullock (art director), Gary Tomkins (art director), Hattie Storey (art director), Nicholas Henderson (art director), Martin Foley (art director), Molly Hughes (art director), Christian Huband (art director), Kate Grimble (art director), Oliver Roberts (art director), Stephen Swain (on-set art director), Peter Dorme (assistant art director), Ashley Winter (assistant art director), Alex Smith (set designer), Amanda Dazely (set designer), Andrew Palmer (set designer), Emma Vane (set designer), Julia Dehoff (set designer), Adam Brockbank (illustrator), Andrew Williamson (illustrator), Peter McKinstry (illustrator), Paul Catling (illustrator), Miraphora Mina (graphic designer), Eduardo Lima (graphic designer), Marcus Williams (scenic artist), Matt Walker (scenic artist), Stephenie McMillan (set decorator)

Awards Circuit Community Awards

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

British Academy Children's Awards

Best Feature Film
David Barron, David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, David Yates

Kids' Vote - Feature Film

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Best Make-Up and Hair
Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin, Nick Dudman

Best Special Visual Effects
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Aithadi, Christian Manz

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Best Makeup
Mark Coulier, Paula Eden, Katy Fray, Paul Spateri, Lisa Tomblin

Best Visual Effects
Nicolas Aithadi, Tim Burke, Christian Manz, John Richardson

Favorite Film Franchise
Nominated along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Empire Awards

Best Actress
Emma Watson

Golden Trailer Awards

Best Graphics in a TV Spot
Warner Bros., Mojo (For "Everything Review")

Hollywood Post Alliance

Outstanding Compositing - Feature Film
Christian Kaestner, Kyle McCulloch, Russell Horth, Conrad Olson

Houston Film Critics Society Awards

Best Cinematography
Eduardo Serra

Hugo Awards

Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form
Steve Kloves, David Yates

International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards

Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film
Alexandre Desplat

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Best Family Film

Best Visual Effects

Motion Picture Sound Editors

Best Sound Editing - Music in a Feature Film
Gerard McCann (supervising music editor), Peter Clarke (music editor), Robert Houston (music editor), Allan Jenkins (music editor), Stuart Morton (music editor), Kirsty Whalley (music editor)

Best Sound Editing - Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
James Mather (supervising sound editor), Bjorn Ole Schroeder (supervising dialogue editor), Daniel Laurie (supervising adr editor)

MTV Movie Awards

Best Female Performance
Emma Watson

Best Fight
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Rod Hunt, Arben Bajraktaraj

Best Kiss
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

Best Male Performance
Daniel Radcliffe

Best Movie

National Movie Awards

Performance of the Year
Rupert Grint

Performance of the Year
Daniel Radcliffe

Performance of the Year
Emma Watson

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

Favorite Movie Actress
Emma Watson

Favorite Movie

Online Film & Television Association Awards

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Rebecca Cain, Mark Coulier, Nick Dudman, Paula Eden, Charlotte Hayward, John Lambert, Stephen Murphy, Paul Spateri

Best Visual Effects
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz, Nicolas Aithadi

People's Choice Awards

Favorite Movie Fan Following
Nominated along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Cinematography
Eduardo Serra

Best Visual Effects

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

Best Cinematography
Eduardo Serra

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig

Satellite Awards

Best Cinematography

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat

Best Youth DVD
(For "Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection")
Nominated along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards

Best Visual Effects

Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment)
Emma Watson (For the "Obliviate" scene in which Hermione (Emma Watson) erases her parents' memories of her.)

Teen Choice Awards

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Daniel Radcliffe

Visual Effects Society Awards

Outstanding Animated Charater in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Laurent Laban, William Brand, Matthieu Goutte, Jason Baker (For "Kreacher")

Outstanding Visual Effcts in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Tim Burke, Emma Norton, John Richardson

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

Best Art Direction

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  • Jason Isaacs originally considered not returning for this film, fearing that his character's arrest and imprisonment at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) would mean very little if any screen time in the finale. Upon meeting J.K. Rowling, he begged to be let out of prison. She told him "You're out. Chapter one." This immediately convinced him to sign on for the film.
  • Filming the "Seven Harrys" scene was so complex that Daniel Radcliffe counted over 90 takes for just a single shot.
  • As in her previous films, Evanna Lynch designed a lot for her Luna Lovegood character, including what she wore, jewelry, and things for the Lovegoods' home. She even came up with their dance moves for the wedding scene.
  • According to David Heyman, the work print of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was 5.5 hours long, and the shooting script was close to 500 pages, which justified the decision to split the movie into two.
  • Upon seeing the set for Hermione's bedroom, Emma Watson told the set decorators that there should be more books, which they happily accommodated.
  • David Holmes, 25, Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double, was seriously injured on the set at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, Hertfordshire. He was performing an aerial sequence when he fell to the ground following an explosion, which was part of the stunt, and sustained a serious back injury.
  • Bill Weasley is played by Domhnall Gleeson, son of cast member Brendan Gleeson.
  • One of the posters in the cafe where the trio ends up after Apparating to London is from Daniel Radcliffe's play Equus.
  • Composer Alexandre Desplat's favorite Harry Potter character is Dobby.
  • Guillermo del Toro expressed interest in directing this installment.
  • Over 500 wands were created for the film. They are checked out and checked in before, during, and after the filming day is completed. Many came back broken.
  • This is the first of the films to have J.K. Rowling as a producer.
  • The main street set in Godric's Hollow is the same set used for Hogsmeade in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), albeit with some set dressing changes.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower broke his ankle while performing his jump stunt (after stealing the Elder Wand). His injury ruled him out of auditioning for Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer (2013).
  • 40 versions of Slytherin's locket were made for the scene in which Harry and Ron try to destroy it.
  • Even though it's hard to see, Tonks is in fact wearing a maternity gown at Bill and Fleur's wedding.
  • In the opening of the film, when Hermione is called down to tea, we can hear her parents talking about Australia along with an announcer, presumably on the TV, taking about a countryside. This is a reference to the book, in which Hermione says she not only wiped herself from her parents memories but also gave them new identities and made them think that they'd love nothing more than to move to Australia, which we presume that they do.
  • The exterior scenes of Malfoy Manor were shot at Hardwick Hall, one of the most significant Elizabethan country houses in England.
  • Bruno Delbonnel declined to return for the final two films, saying "I think I was scared of repeating myself." Subsequently, the filmmakers hired fellow French-Portuguese cinematographer Eduardo Serra.
  • Nick Moran has said in interviews that his role as Scabior came across as being too intense and had to be cut down.
  • M. Night Shyamalan was interested in directing this installment.
  • John Williams, who composed the scores to the first three films, expressed his interest in returning to score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts.
  • The character Griphook was played by Verne Troyer in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), making him one of the few Americans cast, but was voiced by Warwick Davis. In this film, Davis plays Griphook in both body and voice.
  • First time that Brendan Gleeson, Michael Byrne, Peter Mullan, and David O'Hara have appeared in the same movie since Braveheart (1995).
  • Linguist expert Dr. Francis Nolan devised the Parseltongue language for this and the other Harry Potter films it features in.
  • Frances de la Tour reprises the role of Madame Olympe Maxime in this film; the character does not appear in the book. She may be a substitute for Viktor Krum, who appeared prominently at the same scene in the book.
  • The scenes featuring Dobby and Kreacher were filmed twice. First they were played physically on set by their respective voice actors so that the other actors and animators had a guideline to work with. Then the same scene was shot without the voice actors so that the SFX team could put in their CG characters in post-production.
  • This is the only Harry Potter film Industrial Light & Magic did not provide visual effects for.
  • Scabior's violent twist in the air when Bellatrix uses her whip on him was not in the original script. Nick Moran improvised it on the set to avoid being upstaged by Helena Bonham Carter. The filmmakers liked that touch and decided to use it. Moran was delighted until he realized that, for it to work, that stunt would have to be repeated for several takes.
  • Nick Moran was interested in knowing how his character would appear in costume. He saw earlier renderings and was unsatisfied with some of it. He requested several items to be added, including knee-high boots that had to be laced up all the way and were uncomfortable while running. He had no clue he would have to be running in the forest after Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson for a good amount of takes.
  • This is the only film in the series not to feature Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall) or David Bradley (Argus Filch).
  • A scene was filmed in which Tonks told Mrs. Weasley that she was pregnant but ultimately cut from the final version.
  • Composer Nicholas Hooper turned down the opportunity to score the final two films, saying that working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) took a toll on his family's personal life.
  • Originally to be released in 3D, this decision was scrapped just weeks before release, due to the difficulty of converting the film into the format.
  • John Hurt's reprisal as Ollivander marks the longest gap - nine years - in a character's appearance in the series. Toby Jones's reprisal as Dobby was second longest, at eight years.
  • Stanislav Ianevski did appear in his role as Viktor Krum for the wedding scene, but his scenes were cut from the final film (although promo pictures of him dancing with Emma Watson exist, as well as behind-the-scenes footage).
  • Filming the torture scene where Bellatrix is torturing Hermione at Malfoy Manor at the climax proved to be very intense for the actors involved (most of the scene was cut to avoid an R rating in the US and a 15 rating in the UK). It was so intense and brutal that Helena Bonham Carter approached Emma Watson right afterward to make sure they were still on good terms.
  • Having Bellatrix carve "Mudblood" into Hermione's arm during the torture scene was not in the original script, but it was an idea that both Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter came up with together on the spur of the moment during filming.
  • It had been reported that the film would contain a few scenes of Daniel Radcliffe in the nude, leading to speculation among fans that the film would earn a more strict rating. This turned out not to be the case, although the scene in which visions of Harry and Hermione kiss appear to try to deter Ron from destroying the Horcrux give the illusion that Radcliffe and Emma Watson are both nude. In reality both actors wore jeans ,and Watson was provided with a strapless bra so she would not have to be completely topless. Director David Yates said that complete nudity was not necessary since the characters would be partially obscured by fog.
  • This is the only Harry Potter film not to feature Hogwarts, although the Hogwarts lake does briefly appear in the final scene where Voldemort takes the Elder Wand from Albus Dumbledore's grave.
  • The revelation that RAB was Sirius Black's brother was actually correctly guessed by book readers soon after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published and a good two years before Deathly Hallows was. Of all the surnames that J.K. Rowling came up with for the series, Black is the only one that readily translates into other languages. In foreign language editions of the book in which this surname is translated, RAB was similarly altered, such that the "B" always matched the first letter of the word for "black." For example, Dutch editions translated "Sirius Black" as "Sirius Zwarts" and "RAB" to "RAZ." Finnish editions used "Sirius Musta" and "RAM."

Information courtesy of IMDb.