Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on J. K. Rowling’s 2007 novel of the same name and the seventh instalment in the Harry Potter film series. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and Rowling and features an ensemble cast.
The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, respectively, reprising roles as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and is followed by the concluding entry, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011).
The story follows Harry Potter, who has been asked by Dumbledore to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality – the Horcruxes. Filming began on 19 February 2009 and was completed on 12 June 2010. Part 1 was released in 2D cinemas and IMAX formats worldwide on 19 November 2010. The film received positive reviews with critics praising its performances, cinematography, visual effects and musical score.
In the film’s worldwide opening weekend, Part 1 grossed $330 million, the third-highest in the series, and the highest opening of 2010, as well as the eighth-highest of all time. With a worldwide gross of $977 million, Part 1 is the third-highest-grossing film of 2010, behind Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland, and the third-highest-grossing Harry Potter film in terms of worldwide totals, behind Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Philosopher’s Stone (2001). Additionally, it received two nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards: Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects.