The franchise, which has played out in theaters over the course of a solid decade, will finally come to an end this summer when “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ opens on July 15. This is the moment that the last 10 years of stalking Fandango for tickets and getting in line (in costume!) at 4 p.m. for the midnight showing were all leading up to. Not that, you know, we actually did any of those things… But if we had, this trailer would have completely validated all prior nerdiness.
In a word, it’s epic—from the opening seconds, which play the all-too-familiar theme in broken, slow beats to the intense Harry and Voldemort battle scenes. Fair warning for those who have read the book, however: We get to hear Harry’s famous, “I never wanted any of you to die for me” line. And be prepared for some major heart-wrenching from that moment forward whenever you see a character you know isn’t going to survive the Battle of Hogwarts.
Here are some spoiler-free moments highlighted in the trailer that really slap you in the face and say, “Hey! This is the end of Harry Potter!”
Hemione throwing her arms around Harry in tears: For seven movies now, it’s been Harry, Ron and Hermione as pretty much HarryRonandHermione: one unit, up against all odds together. But this moment reminds us that, as much as Ron and Hermione want to be there for Harry, when it comes to Voldemort showdowns, Harry is a one-man show. And this time, it’s a showdown of the “only one can live” variety. We’d be crying too, Hermione.
Hogwarts engulfed in flames: Holy crap. It’s like when Warner Brothers released the “Deathly Hallows” poster with Hogwarts burning but only about 50 times more gut wrenching. Hogwarts has always been the beacon of stability in Harry’s life. It was the one place that was safe from You Know Who, and burning it is the ultimate metaphor for nothing being what you thought anymore. Deep, right? But seriously, it’s Hogwarts and it’s on fire. Try not to cry.
Harry pulling Voldemort off the ledge: Of course the wizard duels—with the flashy wand energy crackling and Harry looking exhausted, but like he just can’t give up—are great. They’re exciting and bring the magic of the books to life, but this moment between Voldemort and Harry is so…personal. It’s Harry bringing the battle to Voldemort and flexing that innate bravery that got him into Gryffindor in the first place.
Will “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ do justice to the book? How do you feel about the end of “Harry Potter?” Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!