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|[P]| 21 October 201711:16 am

The end begins. Reeltime Harry Potter continues with Year 7 – Part 1 at 8pm BST on 22 October 2017.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:00 pm

Welcome back to Year 7 of Harry Potter and the penultimate episode of this first season of Reeltime.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:01 pm

And we’re in with another cold open.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:02 pm

“Your Ministry remains strong and stable!”

|[P]| 22 October 20178:03 pm

Continuing the theme of the early films, Mr Dursley just wants to protect his family.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:05 pm

Yikes, Hermione erasing herself from her parents’ memory must be difficult but did they consent? Pretty invasive even if it is for their own protection.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:08 pm

This is group seem about as tedious as SPECTRE in the last Bond film.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:10 pm

Voldemort has to be the one to kill Harry? Is this just for prophecy purposes? Or because the audience wouldn’t be happy with any other outcome? Or is it the only way Voldemort can become a Real Boy?

|[P]| 22 October 20178:12 pm

I miss when Lucius had a spine…

|[P]| 22 October 20178:13 pm

Still trying to work out what Snape’s angle here is.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:15 pm

Woo, Clemence Poesy is back!

|[P]| 22 October 20178:16 pm

Magical ginger highlights are on point.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:16 pm

Oh god, what are they doing to her?! This is awful…

|[P]| 22 October 20178:18 pm

Argh, there’s a dozen of him – now all the cool characters have turned into the most tedious one…

|[P]| 22 October 20178:19 pm

Haven’t they seen The Matrix: Reloaded? Never on the Freeway!

|[P]| 22 October 20178:21 pm

Did they not come up with a safeword? You’d think enough of this lot are into S&M…

|[P]| 22 October 20178:23 pm

Early bodycount? No, still alive…
…oh, we’ll go with an offscreen death for Mad-Eye instead?!

|[P]| 22 October 20178:24 pm

It would have been nice to see how a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher gets taken down.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:26 pm

Since when is Ron the voice of reason? You may be the Chosen One but you’re still an idiot.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:27 pm

“To kill the other Horcruxes we have to find them.” Now that’s more like the stating-the-obvious Ron we know and tolerate.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:28 pm

Fake news?

|[P]| 22 October 20178:29 pm

Is anyone buying into this relationship?

|[P]| 22 October 20178:30 pm

Wizarding Events Infrastructure is clearly a lot more straightforward.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:32 pm

Did Dumbledore’s will only address Harry, Ron and Hermione?! He had nothing else he wanted to leave to his colleagues and friends of decades?!

|[P]| 22 October 20178:33 pm

Oh good, she’s recovered.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:34 pm

Wedding Luna is fun.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:35 pm

Luna is startlingly perceptive when placed next to her dad and Harry.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:37 pm

Harry really knows nothing about Dumbledore. Which makes the will seem even weirder.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:38 pm

I was never good at the end of weddings either.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:41 pm

At this point wands are just guns, aren’t they?

|[P]| 22 October 20178:43 pm

So the wand twinning thing actually had nothing to do with his inability to hurt Harry?

|[P]| 22 October 20178:47 pm

The train ride surroundings continue to grow.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:48 pm

Neville’s levelled up again!

|[P]| 22 October 20178:49 pm

Oh yes: nothing to hide, nothing to fear. That always inspires confidence.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:50 pm

Were people really pining for Dobby’s return? He always struck me as the Jar-Jar of the Wizarding World.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:53 pm

Ooh, we’ve morphed into a heist film.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:55 pm

Flushing yourself into Ministry is pretty disgusting. Is this a satirical comment on the nature of bureaucracy?

|[P]| 22 October 20178:56 pm

Well that was remarkably easy…

|[P]| 22 October 20178:58 pm

The subtle approach to sneaking past… before anyone even knows there is an intrusion.

|[P]| 22 October 20178:59 pm

“Accio locket.” Seriously?

|[P]| 22 October 20179:03 pm

I’m not a fan of the artificial time restriction to heighten tension when all it really does is undermine Hermione’s potion-making ability, inexplicably given that we’ve seen her make the same potion competently before.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:04 pm

Accidental infidelity. Awkward.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:06 pm

How are these boys so unfamiliar with a Bag of Holding. They’re both shoo-ins for DnD.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:08 pm

“Where am I supposed to find a tent?” Ron is probably a safe bet.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:10 pm

Ron is right: it is troubling that Dumbledore didn’t bother to explain how to destroy the Horcruxes. But no more than anything else Dumbledore ever did.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:11 pm

“You’re not doing enough!” You know I’m Harry Potter. I can’t actually do anything myself so it’s pretty bloody important that you do it for me.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:13 pm

Oh, good spot on the Horcrux effects, Hermione. I would happily have written that behaviour off as Harry being a narcissistic dolt.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:17 pm

After an action heavy start this has slowed down a lot.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:19 pm

“Actually I’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook.”
The Gryffindor sword/basilisk venom solution is actually a really well-crafted puzzle. Much better than the early stories.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:21 pm

Ron has definitely been wearing that Horcrux too long. Everyone else has noticed too, right?

|[P]| 22 October 20179:22 pm

The band is breaking up…

|[P]| 22 October 20179:24 pm

Still shipping these two. This is that quiet scene in a war film.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:25 pm

Is Harry making out with a Snitch?

|[P]| 22 October 20179:28 pm

Is this the first time he’s ever been here? Not that I can really judge.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:29 pm

Merry Christmas, kids.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:30 pm

Back where it all started. That house has certainly seen better days. Given the celebrity of Harry Potter, you’d think someone would have bought it / turned it into a museum or attraction…

|[P]| 22 October 20179:33 pm

Harry, that’s lion taming, not snake charming.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:34 pm

This film is mostly magical running away.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:35 pm

And pretty vistas.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:37 pm

“Maybe we should just stay here, Harry. Grow old.” I’m actually okay with that. I presume that for those who ship Harry and Hermione, this is where the books end?

|[P]| 22 October 20179:39 pm

Well this suddenly got very Arthurian. But why would the sword be here, given that Hermione picked the location?

|[P]| 22 October 20179:42 pm

With the ice broken, isn’t accio sword the right way to go? Or was this all just for the need to get Daniel Radcliffe to strip and jump into a freezing lake?

|[P]| 22 October 20179:44 pm

Ouch, that’s definitely not what Ron wants to see… just the rest of us.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:46 pm

“Three to go.” Am I losing count of Horcruxes? They need seven, right?

|[P]| 22 October 20179:47 pm

It’s been weeks? Time dilation is definitely an issue in this film. I’m not getting much of a sense of passage of time.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:49 pm

“Blackthorn. Ten inch.” Subtle.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:51 pm

“I’m always angry with him.”
We’ve gone a bit Fellowship of the Ring with all this trekking.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:53 pm

“It’s the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, of course.” Are we going to get a better explanation of this title than the totally unexplained Half-Blood Prince? (Yes, I learned afterwards, but the film did not even try.)

|[P]| 22 October 20179:54 pm

I’m loving the art style for this storytelling sequence.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:56 pm

So are these gifts from Death the three final Horcruxes? One of which is Harry’s cloak.

|[P]| 22 October 20179:58 pm

So he’s obviously keeping them there, luring them for capture, but why? Oh, they’ve taken Luna. Fair enough, really. I doubt she minds though.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:01 pm

“Is there no one we can trust?” Well, given that you barely trust each other, I guess not.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:03 pm

These conveniently timed visions providing the next step are really lazy storytelling.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:05 pm

Not the best disguise…

|[P]| 22 October 201710:07 pm

Unstable evil is always scarier in its unpredictability.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:09 pm

Okay, okay, he’s more useful than Jar-Jar! Glad to see Luna’s staying in one piece.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:12 pm

“Dobby never meant to kill. Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure.”

|[P]| 22 October 201710:13 pm

Oh he is definitely not surviving this. I’m about to feel really bad for what I said earlier, aren’t I?

|[P]| 22 October 201710:14 pm

And the bodycount rises slowly again.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:16 pm

I’m not sure Luna’s actually helping. Though as I suspected she seems entirely unfazed by being kidnapped and locked up.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:19 pm

Well this is problematic, though I like how the opening scene with him needing a wand played out as the conclusion. Did Dumbledore use the Elder Wand throughout the series then? It seems an alarmingly dangerous artefact, though I guess that’s entirely in keeping with his character.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:21 pm

So they’ve now both swapped out their wands which makes the whole wand picking its wielder thing pretty redundant, as well as the twinned wands issue. I guess we’ll see how the Elder Wand matches up against a 10″ Blackthorn. What it lacks in girth it definitely seems to make up for in power…

|[P]| 22 October 201710:24 pm

Halfway through the final year, and obviously closing in on the final confrontation. I found this film very uneven in pacing – it seemed to be jumping between wildly different types of films, though I suspect this is also somewhat due to it covering only half of the final book.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:26 pm

It was enjoyable, though we have basically ditched the entire school conceit at this point. The stronger focus on fewer characters helped but there wasn’t actually much in the way of meaningful character development this late in the series.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:30 pm

The Malfoy family have gone from being fun antagonists to utterly ineffectual pawns which is a bit of a shame, frankly. I’m not sure it will be particularly rewarding to see their come-uppance or redemption in the next film. I assume Draco turns on his dad at some point to make Snape’s sacrifice of Dumbledore worthwhile.

|[P]| 22 October 201710:31 pm

And yes, I feel guilty for what I said about Dobby. But that’s the fun of Reeltime – I can’t take it back now!

|[P]| 22 October 201710:33 pm

That’s a wrap for Part 1. Join us again soon for the conclusion of the first Reeltime series with Part 2 of The Deathly Hallows. Just three to go. Apparently.