We are just a few days away from the end of a movie franchise that has inspired and defined a generation of young book and movie lovers. Yes, I am talking about the global release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” into theaters.
With hundreds of millions of fans of the books, it was a near guarantee that the films would also be a success. The first seven films have already grossed more than $6 billion in ticket sales and the franchise has been named the highest-grossing film franchise in history. The films beat out the “James Bond” series, which is in second place grossing $5 billion dollars, but took 22 films to do it!
Although details on the film have been pretty scarce, the majority of Harry Potter fans already know the basic premise and plot points in the movie because they have read the book. With just seven days and counting until it opens many trailers and television ads have been released, but not many actual clips are out yet.
We have gathered together eight clips that are out so far to show you, but now I’m going to warn you, they are just parts of scenes and can be cut off right when it starts to get really good. They are of varying lengths and are from all different parts of the film. This is also a SPOILER ALERT — if you want to nothing about the actual film DON’T WATCH THE CLIPS.
This first clip was released some time ago and we see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) talking to Mr. Ollivander (John Hurt) about the legend of the Deathly Hallows, three very powerful objects that when combined could make a person invincible. Mr. Ollivander tries to make it seem he believe they are just stories, but Harry knows that not to be true.
In the clip “Is it in here?,” we find Harry, Hermione and Ron being escorted by Griphook the Goblin (Warwick Davis) into Bellatrix Lestrange’s (Helena Bonham Carter) secret vault in their search for one of the final horcruxes remaining, but a tricky curse make it nearly impossible to get to.
The clip “He Knows” comes shortly after the trio’s trip into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault and Harry tells his friends that his mind has connected with Voldermort’s (Ralph Fiennes) mind once again and he has learned of their plight to find and destroy the remaining horcruxes that hold a piece of his soul, ultimately weakening him so he can be killed.
In this fourth clip, called “Security Problem,” newly-appointed headmaster Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) prompts the students at Hogwarts to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of Harry Potter, only the person who steps forward isn’t what he was expecting.
In “You Have Something of Mine,” Harry Potter finds something significant in the Room of Requirement just to have Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) find him and demand to have his wand back. After a short discussion on how every wand varies, things start to get intense when Draco is instigated by Gregory Goyle (Josh Herdman) to take care of Potter.
“Room of Requirement” picks up shortly after the last clip when Ron comes running around the corner because Goyle has done a spell that has fire cascading through the aisles of the room. The three friends begin to run and Harry tries his best to slow the blaze down, but then he realizes he has to stop and face it before it overtakes them.
In “Bridge Attack,” we see some very intense but also funny moments when Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) is guarding over a bridge leading into Hogwarts and an army of Lord Voldermort followers comes running over the hill. Luckily for Neville a spell protecting the area keeps the evil men out, but how long can that possibly last for?
This final clip, entitled “Come to Die,” is most fitting to be last, since it does show up towards the end of the film and is the most intense and emotional. As Lord Voldermort and his Death Eaters are encamped in the woods, they hold Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) hostage in hopes that it will draw Potter out of the school. When Harry walks into the opening, you can see and hear the fear Hagrid has for him, the calm, quite whispering voice Voldermort uses as he tells Harry he is going to die is especially eerie.
Although these eight clips don’t show us a lot, it is more than enough to get me pumped up for the final film, I already have my IMAX ticket purchased and now it is just a countdown to opening day. Out of the seven books or films that have been released so far, do you have a favorite out of them? Any particular character that you loved seeing translated from page to screen? Leave a comment and let’s see which book or character ranks the highest.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” opens everywhere July 15 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.
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