Last ‘Harry Potter’ Trailer Proves That it Pays Off to be a Fan

Warner Bros. has released what is likely to be the final new trailer we will ever see for a Harry Potter movie. Chills, everywhere. This is going to be epic. Longtime fans have one hell of a payoff coming up. If you have not read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and do no want specific scenes spoiled for you read no further as I am about to dissect every part of the trailer to see what has made it into the film, and what they might be adding. FINAL SPOILER WARNING!

The trailer smartly starts with a flashback to the night Harry’s parents died. Personally, I think it would be really cool if this was the opening scene of the movie. How great would it be to open the final film with the event that started it all? However, this could be added to Snape’s memories in the Pensieve. Next we get several shots from previous movies to remind us how much Harry has been through. Following that we get a shot of the Quidditch field burning. I do not remember anything specific in the battle in the book about fighting on the Quidditch field. This could just be a sweeping shot throughout the grounds of Hogwarts to show the destruction but if not, I am fine with some fighting on the field.

Check out the trailer here.

Next we move back through the story and see Hogwarts guarded by Dementors as Snape talks to Voldemort about his plans to kill Harry. The action moves to our heroic trio as they invade Gringotts and escape on a dragon. This looks like it is going to be a great action set piece to whet our appetites before the final battle at Hogwarts. They really split the book at a great point I must add.

Next comes Voldemort’s massive army of Death Eaters and a voiceover from McGonagall as she rallies Hogwart’s knights in armor to guard the castle. There is then a heartbreaking shot of Lupin and Tonks reaching for each others’ hands. Knowing that both parts of this marriage will meet their demise during the final battle makes this incredibly heartbreaking. Next we see a montage of Voldemort’s forces attacking the school and ripping down its shield. This movie looks like it was shot by the cinematographer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

An interesting note is the shot of Lucius Malfoy. Jason Isaacs’ small role in the first part of Deathly Hallows was expertly played and I look forward to see where he and David Yates take Lucius in the final chapter. We also get Harry confronting Snape about Dumbledore’s murder. This did not happen in the book and looks like an interesting addition.

Perhaps the emotional high of the trailer is Harry standing in the woods among the ghosts of his parents, Sirius, and Lupin. This was one of the most beautiful points in the book and sums up the themes of the entire saga in a small, tender sequence. The filmmakers look like they are handling this part perfectly.

The end of the trailer focuses on the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort with a bunch of small clips from the battle thrown in. The fight between Harry and Voldemort seems to be much longer and more brutal than the quick dual that took place in the book. This will work better for the film as movie audiences need larger action scenes to get closure on an epic series.

Overall, it looks like David Yates has done the finale perfectly and Deathly Hallows Part 2 will likely be one of the best, if not the best,  movie in the series. July 15th cannot come quick enough (unless you are like me and already starting to get depressed about there being no more Harry Potter in your life).

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~ by mattsmoviethoughts on June 17, 2011.

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