The epic battle of good versus evil has begun. For the last six Harry Potter films, we’ve witnessed scrimmages that for the most part ends on a happy or at least a somewhat peaceful note. But now it’s time to get down to the ‘nitty-gritty.’

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part I is an intense thriller that puts three young people who have literally grown up in front of our eyes in perilous danger. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) are the fearless trio who vows to take on the very deadly, dangerous and did I mention evil, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes); he’ so evil that throughout all of the six previous Potter films, they dared not to say his name.

The first Harry Potter film debuted November 16, 2001. The film introduced us to a very young English lad, who had lost his mother and father, was raised by his mother’s family who absolutely resented him, and basically was leading a pretty dreadful life. That all changed, when he found out who his real parents were, how they actually died, and that he was a hero in a world he could never even imagine. He was ‘the Boy who lived.’ And through no fault of his own, he had an arch enemy who wanted him dead–the same enemy who killed his parents.

This box office bonanza was not without its detractors, especially from the pulpit. The movie was denounced because of the witches and wizards themes. But a closer look at these films tells a very different story about friendship, loyalty, honor, truth, trust, overcoming, and courage. And in the final two installments, every good thing these characters possess will have to come to light in order to dispatch the evil that looms over them.

The wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark lord. Those who oppose him are arrested, and terrorized.

In order for Harry to defeat Voldemort, he must face the ‘Deathly Hallows’ alone. It is there where he can find the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction. But as you can imagine, it’s a dangerous journey. And dark forces have already invaded the lives of his dearest friends, separating them from one another.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” the seventh and final adventures is a nail-bitter for sure, coupled with the special effects, and powerful music, it is quite simply an epic feature.

Some might wonder why the final episode was broken up into two features, that’s besides the obvious … mo money, mo money. But film producer, David Heyman, the producer of all the Harry Potter films tells Moviefone, “I swear to you it was born out of purely creative reasons. Unlike every other book, you cannot remove elements from this book.”

Heyman went on to say that Author J.K. Rowling gave her approval.

It is a good idea to separate “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows” so that loyal Harry Potter readers and fans that never even picked up the book can end this epic tale on the right note. Part II of the Potter movie will debut May 2011.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part I is in theaters Friday. It’s the beginning of the end.

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