Pedro’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first thing I have to say is that most of these films that are split in two are always a way for the studio to make more money. This is a fact. When I remembered that the last two Harry Potter were part 1 and 2, I soon thought it was going to be another franchise that, unfortunately, wanted to make more money. Obviously, this was taken into account by Warner, but the film they delivered is much better than I thought.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is what every part 1 should be. The story of this part 1 is very simple, Harry needs to find out where Voldemort's horcruxes are and find a way to destroy them. The first 40 minutes have very good scenes, like the meeting of Voldemort with his servants and the opening sequence that shows how each of the main characters are dealing with their parents. The big problem with those first 40 minutes is that wedding. Why is that wedding in the movie? Ron's brother appears totally out of nowhere and 10 minutes later he is getting married.
First of all, who are you? Where are you from? Who is your girlfriend? Why are you helping Harry if you just met? Why weren't you in the other films? Haha!
It is noticeable that he should not be in this film, he is a character who enters the film without any purpose and leaves the film without any purpose. He disappeared from the movie and I didn't even miss him. Anyone who knows the books knows who he is and must not have bothered much, I who do not know much, and I was totally indignant at his appearance.
Fortunately, after that event, the film becomes more mysterious and dark. Their whole journey trying to find the horcruxes is really cool, they are fighting, breaking up and then getting back together again. It's cliché, but it's very interesting.
The third act is good, BUT, I wanted to know something, why is Dobby so badly used in this franchise? Gosh, the character is very cute and fun. He appears in Chamber of Secrets, disappears for 4 films, and returns only to die. I know he has an importance in books, it is a pity that they did not know how to use him well in films.
Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has an excellent pace, very good direction and some incredible moments. The film has some minor slips, but I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected.