The countdown to the November 19 release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" continues today with a new featurette that offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the first installment of the epic two-part finale. You'll be happy to hear that there's a generous helping of never-before-seen footage in there, including some intense video from the Hagrid-Harry motorcycle chase scene that looks like it'd be right at home in a Bruce Willis action movie. And there are interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and director David Yates talking about what sets "Deathly Hallows" apart from the previous films -- namely, the fact that it's basically a road buddy movie on an epically large scale.
But to be honest, the thing that really strikes a chord in the featurette is the unabashedly sentimental intro, a montage of scenes from the first six "Potter" films that reminds us that we've already spent the better part of a decade with Harry, Hermione and Ron (and the actors who play them). It reminds us that we've seen these kids grow up before our very eyes. And it reminds us that [single tear forming in corner of eye] when the credits roll at the end of "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" next July it truly will be THE END. For real.
Sure, plenty of movie franchises out there that have won legions of devotees and ruled the box office -- "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" and "Bourne" and "Diehard" and "James Bond" -- but has there ever been one that's connected with fans on the emotional level that "Harry Potter" has? Not for our money.
How psyched are you for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1"? And do you think there's ever been a franchise as good as "Harry Potter"? Tell us in the comments!