The first full-length “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” trailer comes at the perfect time to remind everyone why they loved the story about the boy with a lightning-bolt scar to begin with — and to ask everyone else who didn’t what they were possibly thinking.
While previous trailers for “Harry Potter” movies — even the especially dark “Half-Blood Prince” — mixed humor with the action and magic, this sneak peek shows that the “Deathly Hallows” films, like the book, will take themselves very seriously.
There’s a lot packed into the two-minute teaser, as well as some hints as to when the split between the two films will lie, so we’re going to break down some of the best parts.
The Attack at the Ministry
There are only two quick shots of the Ministry battle, but they promise greatness from that scene. At 1:24, there is a shot of Ron (Rupert Grint) running away terrified, and then at 1:46, there is another shot of the Ministry employee who is pursuing him.
Another section of “Part 1” that made it to the trailer is Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione’s (Emma Watson) journey to the home of Harry’s parents, Godric’s Hollow. Their entrance can be seen at the one-minute mark, and even though it looks like only Hermione is walking, that is because Harry is under the invisibility cloak. There is a lot more to the location than meets the eye, though, and you can see Harry being attacked by Voldemort’s snake Nagini inside Bathilda Bagshot’s home at 1:47.
Ron Destroying the Slytherin Necklace Horcrux
In the scene that has long been assumed will close out “Part 1,” Ron reunites with Harry in the woods and helps him destroy one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. At 1:17, Ron can be seen looking terrified of the images the Horcrux is showing them (some pretty scandalous scenes between Harry and Hermione), and then at 1:48, Harry can be seen encouraging Ron to “kill it!”
The Gringott’s Break-In
Switching to moments that will (presumably) occur in “Part 2,” it might seem a bit confusing to see Harry riding alongside his enemy Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) with a goblin named Griphook (Warwick Davis) at :54, but that’s actually because Hermione is impersonating Bellatrix, a scene Carter said she enjoyed playing. The shot of a half-blind dragon at 1:16 also comes from the Gringott’s scene, and the dragon flying away from the wizarding bank at 1:39 is the trio’s escape route to safety.
Harry’s First Confrontation With Voldemort
It was an interesting move to open up the trailer with one of the final scenes in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” but the shots of Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) standing with his Death Eaters in the woods and Harry approaching them actually come toward the end of the story. “Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, come to die!” Voldemort announces dramatically in the trailer, before seemingly casting the killing curse — Avada Kedavra — on Harry.
The Final Battle
A good portion of the action scenes that are shown in the trailer are taken from the final battle sequence that will take place at the end of “Part 2.” USA Today reported that the battle was expanded for the film, which means those shots of people running at each other in the woods are probably from the creative mind of director David Yates. But the wand confrontation between Harry and Voldemort at 1:59 is right out of the book, and Voldemort’s final line of the trailer — “Only I can live forever” — is a daunting way of teasing the final installments of the “Harry Potter” franchise.
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