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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is the first part of a two-part action-adventure video game developed by EA Bright Light and published by Electronic Arts. It was released on 16 November 2010 in the United States, 18 November in Australia and on 19 November 2010 in Europe and India to coincide with the film's release date. Part 2 was released to coincide with the second film. The game was released on the Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Mobile platforms.

The game is based on the book and the two films of the same title. It follows protagonists Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger who set out to destroy the seven Horcruxes, which will help them to defeat Lord Voldemort, the game's antagonist.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Plot

Lord Voldemort holds a meeting with his Death Eaters, who tell him that the Order have learned that they have infiltrated the Ministry, and are extracting Harry from No. 4 Privet Drive tonight, and bring him to a safe place.

Meanwhile, as said, the Order is moving Harry to Burrow, taking the precaution of having six of its members drink Polyjuice Potion and disguise themselves as Harry. The real Harry rides with Hagrid on a motor bike that used to belong to Sirius. They are ambushed by Death Eaters, and Voldemort appears in person too, apparently having the ability to fly. After an action packed chase, Harry manages to defeat the pursuing Death Eaters and Voldemort, and he and Hagrid get to the Burrow.

There, Bill and Fleur’s wedding is taking place. Harry, Ron and Hermione decide that they should drop out of school to destroy all the remaining Horcruxes of Voldemort. They are then called by Mr. Weasley, who distributes three things from Dumbledore’s will to them: Ron receives Dumbledore's Deluminator, Hermione gets a copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Harry is given the Golden Snitch he caught in his first match. Harry had also been left the sword of Godric Gryffindor, but the Ministry did not allows this. Suddenly, a Patronus from Kingsley Shacklebot arrives and informs them that the Ministry has fallen and the Minister is dead, before a Death Eater attack.

Harry, Ron and Hermione quickly Apparate to No. 12 Grimmauld Place, where they find that Kreacher is still living there, and that he may know where the real locket Horcrux is. They give him the fake one they found in previous game to convince him to tell them where the real one is. He tells them that Mundungus Fletcher stole it from the house. Harry orders him to get Mundungus, which he does so, with the help of Dobby. Mundungus informs them that he sold the locket to Dolores Umbridge.

They go to the Ministry of Magic disguised as workers. They find Dolores in a courtroom, wearing the locket. They then proceed to attack her, causing chaos in the Ministry. They manage to obtain the locket, and attempt to escape back to Grimmauld Place, but while they are being transported, the Death Eater Yaxley grabs hold of Hermione, and she kicks him off, and they instead are transported to the forest where the last Quidditch World Cup was held in the fourth game.

While in the forest, Ron eventually leave them after being annoyed that Harry didn't have a plan about finding Horcruxes and how to destroy them. Harry and Hermione continue find ways to destroy the Horcrux alone. After learning that the Sword of Gryffindor can be used to destroy a Horcrux, Harry and Hermione go to Godrics Hallow, thinking that the Sword of Griffindor might be there, and that Dumbledore may have left the sword with Bathilda Bagshot. They visit her, but however, she suddenly turns into Nagini and Harry is nearly killed, before Hermione rescues him and they escape.

One night, Harry sees a white doe, which leads him to a frozen pond, which he dives into. He finds the Sword of Griffindor, but suddenly, the locket(which he is wearing) makes him start to drown, before is rescued by Ron, who suddenly appears. Ron destroys the Horcrux with the Sword and they return to Hermione, who yells at Ron for disappearing.

They decide to visit Xenolophius Lovegood, who may know something a mark that they have seen several times. He explains that it is actually the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, which is explained in the tale of the three brothers as the Elder Wand(an unbeatable wand), the Resurrection Stone(a stone that could bring people back to life) and the Invisibility Cloak(that, of course, could make someone invisible, something Harry already has). As they prepare to leave, Xenolophius blocks them and reveals that he was going to turn them in return for Luna, who was captured by Death Eaters.

They escape, but are attacked and later captured Fenrir Greyback and his fellow Snatchers, and are brought to Malfoy Manor. Hermione disguises Harry by performing a Stinging Curse to him(but the Death Eaters see through it). Harry and Ron are imprisoned in the cellar, while Hermione is taken to be questioned by Bellatrix. In the cellar, they realize that Luna is there, as well as Ollivander, who had disappeared. Dobby suddenly Apparates into the scene and helps them escape, and they fight Bellatrix and the Malfoys in the sitting room, where the goblin Griphook has also been imprisoned. They then Apparate to the new home of Bill and Fleur, Shell Cottage, with Dobby and Griphook, but Bellatrix throws a dagger at Dobby before they leave, killing him. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Griphook watch Dobby slowly die as the story ends.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Gameplay

The gameplay for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is different from the previous games after developers decided it required a new direction to suit its growing adult audience. The player controls the character Harry Potter from a third person over-the-shoulder camera, and is played in the style of a third-person shooter. The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 game includes a progression system where Harry gains experience and can upgrade his spells.

Combat in Deathly Hallows Part 1 involves button or keyboard presses or mouse clicks to cast spells. The player is able to change the spells by selecting the spell wheel. The spells also have an effect on enemies and the environment with the player being able to use Wingardium Leviosa to throw objects at other players or to clear paths and the Confundo spell being able to make the enemy fight for the player (which is used in a sniper point of view). Head shots are also a feature in the game with the player being able to control Harry to aim a spell at their opponent's head. Part of the combat sequences involve the cover system where the player hides behind an obstacle, until it has been destroyed, to avoid receiving damage from their opponent.

Throughout the game the player can collect magical items and potions which can be used by pressing the directional buttons on the d-pad or pushing keys on the keyboard.

During stealth missions the player can progress through the level using the Polyjuice Potion, Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder or the Invisibility Cloak. While manoeuvring under the Invisibility Cloak the player must move slowly to ensure the stealth meter, on the bottom right hand corner of the screen, does not turn red. If the meter has turned red it means the player is in danger of getting caught and must stay still until the meter has re-generated. When the player gets close enough to an enemy while under the Invisibility Cloak they are able to cast a stunning spell at them, or use the shield charm as a knock-out melee attack.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 received generally negative reviews from critics. GameSpot awarded the game 5.0 out of 10 and said "While the third-person shooter aspect of Harry's latest adventure can be fun, the game's story elements fail to live up to those of its literary namesake". IGN gave the game an even lower score of 2, citing various gameplay issues, as well as the storyline being loosely related to the film and novel. Nintendo Official Magazine awarded the Wii version of the game 60% and said "An engaging attempt to apparate Harry into action gaming, but also a flawed one." Game Informer awarded it 5.5 out of 10 and said "Like a Quidditch player falling from a broomstick mid-match, this installment loses all forward momentum and goes plummeting toward a faceplant at top speed". Video Gamer awarded it 5 out of ten and said "It's a impressively dark film tie-in, and an ambitious one at that, but don't expect anything more."

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