June 29th, 2010
02:18 PM ET
If the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" teaser is any indication, the much-anticipated finale to the magical sensation that has gripped the world is looking to be spectacular all-around. Granted, Daniel Radcliffe wasn’t given many lines in the 2:27 trailer, but we're going for optimism here.
But it does flash through at least a dozen pivotal scenes from the 784-page book, giving fans a taste of what is to come - and it really is a trailer tailored for true Harry Potter fans (such as myself, of course).
Only those in the know will recognize scenes that are sure to be riveting, including the trio’s misadventures in Gringotts, Nagini’s attack on Harry and the fiery escape from the Room of Requirement.
But it’s surprising that Warner Bros. (which, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner) would release so much footage when only Part I of “Deathly Hallows” will be released this November. This first two-minute glimpse seems to encompass the entirety of the final novel, a move that raises a few questions.
For those who haven’t read the books, will Part I include enough action to entice and satisfy viewers? After all, in the first half of the book the trio does spend an endless amount of time camping and being angsty. Even the trailer seems to represent more of the second half than the first. (Spoilers ahead!)
In the first 30 seconds of the teaser we see Harry preparing his death, a climactic scene in the novel, which could be better served in a trailer for the movie’s second part.
Warner Bros. had been trying to keep the specifics of the split quiet, and still reserves the right to make changes, but according to Potter fansite Mugglenet.com, Joshua Herman (who plays Draco’s goon, Goyle) revealed that the first half of the film would end with Harry, Ron and Hermione’s capture by Snatchers, right before being taken to Malfoy Manor.
Part II is scheduled to be released in July 2011.
Every Potter movie has grown darker, and the latest looks like it will only continue the pattern. An ominous, threatening cloud hangs over each scene, a sign that Voldemort is all over this movie - something fans will probably appreciate after being disappointed by not seeing him at all in the sixth film, "The Half-blood Prince.”
No glaring inaccuracies were apparent in the trailer, and hopefully there won’t be any more incidences of completely fabricated burning Burrows in this next installment. Though I am wondering why they removed the blood from Hermione’s hands at 1:14 when it was there in the previous trailer.
The teaser definitely serves its purpose well and will surely reinvigorate fans that have lost enthusiasm for the series since its end. For many, it really is - as the trailer says - “the motion picture event of a generation.”
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