“Deathly Hallows” Trailer; Reactions and Detailed Breakdown

HollywoodNews.com: The Deathly Hallows trailer hadn’t been released for more than 5 minutes and already, the fans were emotional. The reactions on my Facebook and Twitter pages have been pretty much the same across the board: shock and awe; tears of both joy and sadness.

I’m not ashamed at all to say that this trailer brought me to tears. The presentation, the scenes that fans have been agonizing over (whether or not they’d be cut from the movie), the tone of the trailer made me feel the same way I did when I opened up my copy of “Deathly Hallows” to read these words on the inside cover:

We now present the seventh and final installment in the epic tale of Harry Potter.

Fortunately – and unfortunately – for Harry Potter fans, the end has begun.

FYI: the remainder of this post will be spoiler heavy for movie fans who have not read the books.

The trailer begins with the familiar WB logo in a dark, cloudy backdrop, immediately giving hint to the darkness that lies within these, the final chapters in the life of Harry Potter. We hear a voiceover: “There’s no sign of him, my Lord”, it proclaims. We then see a shot of three figures walking along a stretch of field, and then the scene changes as Voldemort turns around, to find that Harry has, in fact, come to fulfill his destiny. “Harry Potter…the boy who lived. Come to die.” He then casts the killing curse…

…and the scene now changes to the scene in Gringott’s, where Harry, Ron and a Polyjuiced Hermione race down the tunnels to retrieve a hidden Horcrux, locked away in the vault of Bellatrix Lestrange. We then see small flashes of key scenes from the book: a glimpse of Ollivander, who was kidnapped at the beginning of Half-Blood Prince; Harry and Hagrid on Sirius’ motorbike as they attempt to evade pursuing Death Eaters; Ron and Hermione in the heartbreaking Shell Cottage scene. There’s Hermione approaching a grand building, and then Harry on the ground after fleeing Death Eaters at Grimmauld Place.

The first of WB’s heartbreaking proclamation, “The Finale of the Worldwide Phenomenon”, is followed by the disintegrating shield over Hogwarts, followed by the Hogwarts Express being stopped by a mysterious wizard (possibly during the Christmas ride home where Luna gets kidnapped); a shot of Harry is then followed by the next proclamation, “The Motion Picture Event of a Generation” (side note as I type this line, I am once again brought to tears). At this point, we’re only halfway into the 2:30 trailer.

We see wandmaker Gregorovich being backed up into a room full of wands; Hermione possibly casting the spell that hides the trio after their escape from Death Eaters; and the dragon breaking out of Gringott’s. These scenes are followed by Ron backing away from the image of the Horcrux; a shot of Voldemort and his Death Eaters; and Ron & Hermione fighting in the destroyed halls of Hogwarts. This is followed by another WB shot: “Presented in 2 parts”.

Scenes of a Death Eater ceasing chase; Bellatrix throwing a curse (the one aimed a Ginny Weasley?), and a quick shot of Filch before changing to a fight scene in the forest and the confrontation between Harry and Voldemort.

Voldemort: Why do you live? Harry: Because I have something worth living for.

The scenes flow much faster from this point, with shots of people running in different directions before another WB shot stating “Part 1 November 2010”. Scenes from the trio’s escape into muggle London are followed by scenes from the chase with the Seven Potters; chilling clips from the much-anticipated scenes involving Nagini and Ron destroying the locket Horcrux are followed by “Part 2 July 2011” and scenes the Room of Requirement. Flashes of Voldemort and Bellatrix (throwing the dagger at Malfoy Manor), a dying Snape, a sweet kiss, Draco trying to escape the fiendfyre and Hogwarts being blasted apart are followed by the climactic confrontation between Voldemort and Harry, which will seal the fate of the entire wizarding world.

The trailer ends with the usual title shot, and urging the fans to “complete the journey in 3D”.

My reaction: any trailer that can bring a whole fandom to tears has got to be one of the best, period. I also feel that, as I stated in an earlier post, Warner Bros. and David Yates have seemed to accomplish their goal of making this final installment a film for the fans; too long have fans complained about key plot points or storylines that were missing in the previous films, and it seems that – with two films to work with – they are doing their best to correct those mistakes.

Of course, there will be fans who are upset by some of the more obvious changes from page to screen that were visible in the trailer, but my own opinion is that as long as it doesn’t take away from the heart of the story, I’ll reserve judgement until I see it onscreen.

So Potterholics, what do you think of the trailer? Too much? Too little? Just right? Leave your comments below! And if you need a refresher on the trailer, you can view it at this post.

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  • June 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    I enjoyed the trailer just not a big fan of the music!

    In regards to the plot changes, i believe that people have to understand that the plot has to be re-written to be doable in a movie. Besides if it’s Jo Rowling aproved it!

  • June 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    I expected better music than this also, but trailers often do not have the same music as the finished film. In fact, many trailers use music that wasn’t composed by the same person who scored the film.

    As for the trailer itself, well I’ll use the word I have heard more than any other tonight on Facebook, Twitter, many of the Harry Potter fan sites, and message boards: EPIC! These are the must-see films of 2010 and 2011. Most of what I saw was true to the novel as well, which the fans will love.

  • June 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    when i finished watching the trailer…i cried because there was a sudden FLASHBACK…when i first read the books..then watched the movie, my whole childhood memories sticking with HP…so sad..

    but anyway..for me the trailer was so..


    the music was great, it feels like they’re doing it to their best, ever.
    the clips…good, but if they put a tinsy tiny bit of snape.(not like just 2 seconds or something)

    THE BEST HP TRAILER EVER!!! (I hope HP7 will be the best move adaptation of the series 🙂 )

  • June 30, 2010 | Permalink |

    I was crying throughout the wholleee entire trailer….then i was sobbing for at least an hour afterwards

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