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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.

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So sad that it took so long...... Now all the theaters have bed bugs and folks aren't going. I am waiting for Eclipse to come to DVD. The movies are really having a problem with these bed-bugs here on the east coast and safety is first. You can carry the eggs on your shoes bring them home and bam! your entire household is infested.

I was actually pleased by the news of two movies. The book is too long with required information to put into 90 minutes. The last four books should probably have all been split in two.

I urge everyone to NOT see these last two 'Potter' films in 3D. These movies were NOT shot in stereo, but were converted, like "Clash of the Titans" and 'Last Airbender'. Please do not support this bastard format and see the movies the way they were intended to be seen.

It may be possible that WB wanted to make 2 movies to squeeze those dollars... OR it might be that we major HP fans have insisted they do this one right. I was thrilled to hear there would be 2 parts since I had no idea how they could possibly finish the story in 2 1/2 hours, which would have pushed it for movie time. I think movies like Avatar and LotR have shown that it's better to sit in a theater an extra 20 minutes so that the story is done right and complete. I personally can't wait for the movies; this is the first time I've been this excited about an HP film since Prisoner of Azkaban (3rd movie for you non-Potterheads).

And Polly, really? The bed bugs are just the latest media scare. That's not to say it's not an issue, but if that's the case, wear disposable clothes or shoe covers. ;) Nothing will keep me away from HP 7 & 8 barring natural disaster (which would mean the theater would have no power). I just hope I get the opportunity to a) go to a midnight showing, b) dress like a Ravenclaw (again), c) take my kids since it's a school night, and d) see it in 3D. Yes, I'm 40. What's your point?

WATCH IT IN 2D!!!! its been post converted rather than shot in 3d, do not support this format, it is a ploy for money!!!! You've seen all the Harry Potters in 2d why not this one????

Books are always better than movies (IMHO) but I don't think this world would be the same without Harry Potter movies. The only good thing I can say about a two-part movie is that once both parts are out on DVD, I can watch them start-to-finish in one go and what's better than 5 hours of HP, pop corn, and lemonade even if at home?!? :) I just hope this one is done well and does not disappoint like Order of the Phoenix

There was a small amount of outrage when it was announced that there would be two movies --

always amusing when reviewer has little knowledge of the fans or the story... fans have heard and expected several movies to be split into two parts, in the hope that every brilliant aspect would be covered, and disappointed at the cropped and altered versions that resulted. Who was "outraged"? Fans cannot get enough, theaters have a guaranteed hit... "Does not have the sense of wonder" (reviewing the trailer?), no, by now magic is a fact. And the better film makers have made the magic a part of Potter's world rather than silly "impress the audience with special effects" (and the special effects have fallen, in most of the movies, short of the potential). I thought the last one was the best, it came closest to the quality of the books, hope this (these) will be the best of the lot. Viewing the trailer, it has the potential... dark, dangerous and thrilling... I only hope they have not done a LOTR on it, the story was brilliant, stay with it...


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