Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1Friday night, central London, and two very excited little boys, one seven (mine), one eight (school pal). We were lucky enough to be at the Soho Hotel for a screening of the first part of the final instalment of the Harry Potter fantasy saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
My son (William) and I are probably the only people in the country who have not read any of the books, although William has seen a couple of the films. Luckily, our little companion, Kristian, eight, was a complete Harry Potter expert, filling in the blanks for us, and generally bringing us up to speed on all things HP. I should probably also add that I have zero tolerance towards children's films, having the attention span of a goldfish and a terminal inability to sit still for more than ten minutes at a time, so the fact I lasted the duration speaks volumes. But it's what the children thought that really matters, so here are their reviews:

Kristian: "I was very, very excited to go and see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I thought it was a very good film, it was sometimes sad, sometimes happy and sometimes scary. I am eight, but I think it should be called the scariest Harry Potter so far. Voldemolt had the most powerful wand! I think everyone should go and see it."

William: "I liked it very much. Snape is a bit spooky though. I was sad when Hedwig the owl was killed at the start of the film. It is a very long film and we only had one tub of popcorn – you really need two to last the whole movie. I want to read the books now and I am going to watch all the other films because Daddy has bought me the DVDs."

And as for me? Despite it all being slightly out of context, I did enjoy it (bar an early usage of the word 'p*ss' – I guess that's another reason for the 12a rating). As a 'family film' (swear word aside) it really does transcends the ages. It is dark and scary in places (though not as frightening for the boys as I thought it might be) tender and thoughtful and verging on racy in others (Harry and Hermione dancing was particularly sweet, whilst Voldemort presenting Ron with an image of a nude Hermione and Harry in a steamy clinch raised a few parental eyebrows in the screening room).

I loved the legend of the Hallows - I found the symbolisation and the story behind it - the stone with the power to recall the dead to the world of the living, the unbeatable wand, and the infallible invisibility cloak - all very profound!

Oh, and I have a slight girl-crush on Bellatrix Lestrange...I want her hair.

Last word to the boys, who both decree: 'It's the best film this year, even better than Toy Story 3 which was our favourite before.'

Go see it.

But before you do, check out this hilarious parody Harry Potter trailer.