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'Deathly Hallows' screens to rave reviews

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Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
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The first part of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows has test-screened to rave reviews.

Warner Bros showed the movie, which had unfinished visual effects and a temporary score, to an audience in Chicago over the weekend. Director David Yates and producers David Heyman and David Barron were reportedly in attendance.

Readers of Potter fansite MuggleNet quickly posted their reactions online, describing the fantasy film as "perfect" and "amazing and dark".

"This film felt very perfect. I don’t remember feeling this satisfied with a Harry Potter movie since Chamber Of Secrets," wrote Gabby. "By this, I mean that the experience of seeing this movie almost exactly mirrored my experience reading the book all those three years ago... I cannot wait to see this movie again. It’s going to be spectacular and even more perfect."

Another MuggleNet reader added: "First off, this is the most perfect Harry Potter film ever. The movie on a whole is amazing and dark. Everyone was on top of their game.

"Everything was perfect. Dobby’s death was done perfectly. You could see the emotion in Harry and the gang. We saw green screens of course (because the film’s digital effects were not yet complete), but it didn’t affect me at all."

A Slash Film reader, Kyle, described Deathly Hallows as "a great continuation of the series, thematically and visually in line with films 5 and 6". However, the fan did complain that the movie felt too much like Lord Of The Rings and it suffered similar problems to J.K. Rowling's novel.

"It faithfully adapts the seventh book, including the book’s own problems," he said. "The 'camping in the wilderness' scenes become quite repetitive, and the attempts at drama/angst amongst the trio during these scenes comes off as tired."

Describing the much-debated ending, Kyle said Part I comes to a close "at a very appropriate spot, and though not exactly a 'cliffhanger', left me greatly anticipating Part II".

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I will open in cinemas on November 19.

> Click here to watch the trailer for 'Deathly Hallows'

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