Every day that passes brings us one day closer to the November 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (only 17 days left!) and, more often than not, also brings some new clip or featurette from the film. The latest video, which — shocker! — arrived today, focuses on the story in “Part 1,” and gives us some fun looks at the early moments of the film. Yes, we’re talking about some new clips of the seven Potters and Death Eaters chase scenes, in addition to some great never-before-seen video of Bathilda Bagshot and the Snatchers.
But, since it’s a featurette, we’ve also got some insights from stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, director David Yates, and producers David Heyman and David Barron (the Davids abound on the set of “Harry Potter”).
“The stakes are a lot higher in this film than they probably ever have been before. Harry suspects that any day now something’s going to happen. Either the Order’s going to save him or the Death Eaters will be coming for him,” Radcliffe says to set up the early atmosphere of the film. “I don’t think Harry can quite let go of a sense of impending doom.”
One of the new best scenes (in my humble opinion) we’re introduced to in this featurette occurs when Hagrid, Ron, Mad-Eye Moody and the whole gang first get to 4 Privet Drive to help Harry escape. After many happy hellos, May-Eye says with his usual gruff demeanor, “Yeah he’s absolutely gorgeous. Let’s say we get under cover before someone murders him.”
The video also highlights lots of tension, which Watson and Radcliffe discuss. “It really brings home the magnitude of sacrifice Hermione and Ron make for Harry and this friendship,” says Watson, opposite a clip where Ron asks Hermione, “[Harry] doesn’t know what he’s doing, does he?” and Hermione replies, “None of us do.”
“Hermione and Ron won’t let him do this on his own. They are risking their lives for him. They are his friends, and they will follow him to the hilltop,” Radcliffe says. “Because they know every day is going to be hard and full of anger and fear and deep, deep worry.”
But Watson promises that this is going to be the most edge-of-your-seat “Potter” film yet. “The audience will be like holding their breath like, ’Ahh, are they going to make it? Oh, okay we can breathe again,” she says excitedly. “It’s going to be like that the whole way through.”
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