"Even allowing for the fact that we have followed Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) into the slough of puberty and out the other side, the whole thing does seem preternaturally stained with Weltschmerz. The middle of the film consists largely of the three of them arguing about their hopeless situation, at length, in a tent. Meanwhile, the forces of apocalypse abound, outnumbered by the blatant thefts from Tolkien, Orwell, and Arthurian myth. I hate to remind the millions of fans, but didn’t this all begin with a bunch of kids buzzing around on broomsticks?"

- The New Yorker's Anthony Lane, reviewing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1