Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One
By Nicole Sills, Grade 9

Three friends…one journey…  In order to save the wizarding world, they need to do one thing…destroy all seven horcuxes. Can they do it?  

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley must destroy seven horcuxes, in order to destroy Lord Voldemort. They must find the location of each of them and destroy them. If they don’t, it could mean the end of Harry Potter’s life.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One, they had to transfer Harry to a different location and had to do it in a way that wouldn’t make the Death Eaters know which Harry was the real Harry. Six other people risked their lives and took polyjuice potion to turn each and every one of them into a “Harry”.  From here, they all split up and began their journey.  

They had the Death Eaters confused for a while, and then they found out who the real Harry was. Hedwig, Harry’s snow owl, was let go and knew her way to where she was going, but she came back to help her owner, and the Death Eaters knew that was the real Harry.  

They were aiming to kill Harry, but instead, killed Hedwig which was devastating for Harry.

That is only the beginning. There is a long journey ahead of them. The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is available on DVD. The second part can be seen in theatres July 15.
Hitchcock Classic: A Review of "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
By Christy Box, Grade 10

Come on, who doesn’t love a good Hitchcock movie? The excitement, tension, and epic plots all seem to come together in a movie like this. He did so many great films, but this one is one of my personal favorites.

The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 film starring Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day. It was a remake of a film Hitchcock made back in the ‘30s. The movie begins with Dr. Ben McKenna (Stewart), his wife Jo (Day), and their son on a trip to Morocco. It’s a perfectly normal vacation, until Ben witnesses a murder in the streets and the dying man whispers a secret to him about an assassination plot. The villains soon learn of this and kidnap the McKenna’s son to keep them quiet. Now they must stop an assassination in London and find their son before it’s too late.

Honestly, this is one of the best Hitchcock movies I’ve ever seen. It had the perfect combination of tension, adventure, and comedy. They were able to put in all three (sometimes at once), and nothing was lost in the transition. There was also a good balance in the thriller portion, so that it was suspenseful, but not very frightening. Credit must be given to the writers (and of course, to Hitchcock) for both the great plot and the awesome dialogue that supported it.

To top that off, who doesn’t love Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day? These actors were a really great pairing and did a fantastic job playing a couple. Not only that, but Doris Day’s Academy Award winning song, “Que Sera, Sera,” was written specifically for this movie, and used very well in the plot. Normally, a little song like that would seem wildly out of place in a thriller, but Alfred Hitchcock knew better, and it is actually used really well within the plot.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see a great, suspenseful mystery. It’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last minute. You won’t regret the time you spent unraveling the plot of this great classic.


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