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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Point of View

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Point of View

It's Harry's/Voldemort's World, And We're All Just Living in It

As we mentioned in "Mode of Production," we pretty much only get to see and know what Harry knows, which makes for a pretty straightforward storyline. That being said, there are some exceptions.

For example, one of the first scene features Snape dishing to Voldemort about Harry's intended departure date from the Dursleys' home. The result? We know that Harry and the gang are likely going to fly straight into Voldemort's trap, which seriously amps up our collective stress levels.

Other than that, though, we usually don't know too much more than Harry himself... which is frustrating, for sure, but it also brings us closer to the "Boy Who Lived" and helps us empathize with him. So, win? As we just mentioned, it's stressful when we know more than Harry, anyway.

One cool thing we should mention about the storytelling, though: Yates has to make sure the audience hears "The Tale of the Three Brothers" since it tells us what the Deathly Hallows are, but having us read it wholesale (as we do when we are gobbling up the novel) wouldn't really work well in a movie.

His solution? Hermione reads the story aloud over a cool animation of the story's events. We think that's a pretty nifty way of making sure we absorb that little narrative—which we need to do, since it's super important to what follows.

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