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Preview review: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' comes to life

September 23, 2010 |  1:25 pm

Potter It probably doesn't really matter what's written about the new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part I." Potter fanatics will be spellbound, and even those that drifted away because of age or indifference will likely come back for the final chapter.

Luckily, both groups should be as pleased as, well, Dobby with a sock.

The first half of the final chapter of "Deathly Hallows" hits screens Nov. 19, and the trailer is filled with action, suspense and intrigue. As with the book series, this movie does not appear to incorporate the sense of wonder that the first few installments had. But judging by the trailer, it does effectively take on the look and feel of a dark thriller. Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort appears to have a much more active role in this film, as do his cadre of disciples. Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter), Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and the other baddies are the ones driving the story.

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is also on the run with his pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), and that fast-paced sense of dread, as the Death Eaters search and close in, is nicely portrayed in the trailer's constant cuts. And in 3-D, it could all be even more intense.

There was a small amount of outrage when it was announced that there would be two movies -- another studio ploy to squeeze extra dollars out of a long-running franchise! But those voices seem to have subsided, and, from the look of the trailer, will probably be replaced by delighted reactions from wand-wavers worldwide.

--Jevon Phillips


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Photo: Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are on the lookout in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part I." Credit: Warner Bros.