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"Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Screening Today in Chicago, Leaky's Full Report Forthcoming

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Posted by: Edward
August 21, 2010, 07:20 PM

A test screening for the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film was held today in Chicago.  This editor was lucky enough to attend the screening, and got a full preview at the first installment of the final film.  A full report on the screening is due shortly, but please enjoy this quick preview rundown for now.

A caution to readers: THIS POST-- AND FOLLOWING POSTS-- WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS.

If you are ready, please continue below for full details!

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FINAL SPOILER WARNING!


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Here we go:

  • Director David Yates, and Producers David Heyman and David Barron were in attendance at the screening.
  • The current running time for this rough cut was about two and a half hours.
  • Some select graphics and CGI enhancements were not fully complete in this screening.  Some moments were only rendering.
  • Green screens, cranes, and other movie props appeared in places.
  • The film contained a temporary soundtrack; the full soundtrack is still being composed and recorded.
  • A unique and innovative animation tells the story of the Deathly Hallows.
  • David Barron confirmed that the final split for the film will indeed be when Lord Voldemort takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave.
  • The crew has not yet finalize their choice of composer for the second part of "Deathly Hallows."
  • The Seven Potter sequence features Mr. Radcliffe changing, character by character, as the camera pans around the room.  He is left in the original clothes of the character, and with their voice.
  • The film opens on the Minister of Magic speaking to the press, promising the wizarding public safety and protection of their liberties.  
  • This leads into the Dursley's leaving their home, and Harry being left in the empty Privet Drive house with Hedwig.
  • Hedwig does die, returning to the chase sequence to defend Harry from Voldemort.
  • The title card did not contain and "Part One" distinction. 
  • Both Kreacher and Dobby do make an appearance in the film. 
  • The Death Eater meeting is featured, an unshaven Lucius Malfoy shakes below Voldemort's gaze.
  • A series of flashbacks and memories are used to tell both the select back story of the Hallows and Horcruxes.  Dumbledore, Slughorn, and more were featured in this telling.
  • The Death Eater chase ranges from highway action with other cars, featuring Hagrid and Harry on the motorbike doing a loop around the ceiling of a tunnel. 
  • Hermione is shown to obliviate her parents, and make out her way out of the house.  When she casts the spell, family photos on the wall are magically wiped of Hermione's presence. 
  • Hermione is tortured by Bellatrix at Malfoy Manor, after they are captured by the Snatchers.  Quite graphic and jarring.
  • Umbridge returns.  Part of the new Death Eater Ministry which takes over.
  • Death Eaters crash the wedding.
  • A new stone statue in the Ministry is created, wizards behind held up by a twisted jumble of muggles.
  • Madam Maxine is featured at the wedding as well.
  • Ron's turn against Harry and Hermione builds throughout the first half, his leaving is very dramatic.
  • Ministry of Magic is turned into a propaganda factory, with posters, pamphlets, and other anti-Muggle propaganda.
  • Harry and Hermione dance to Nick Cave's "The Children."
  • Dobby makes a fun, funny, and heartwarming return.  Humorous interaction with Kreacher. 
  • The Trio are found by the Death Eaters when Xeno says "Voldemort," a tabooed word.
  • When Ron is destroying the Horcrux, Harry and Hermione appear as silver porcelain figures, taunting Ron.  The engage in a very sensual kiss, which ignites Ron into destroying the Horcrux.
  • Dementors float above the courtroom where Umbrdige interviews.
  • The enchantments Hermione puts around the test when Snatchers come up to their camp.
  • The memorial to the Potters does not appear when Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow.
  • Nagini comes from the mouth of Bagshot.  The fight crashes into the children's room of the house next door.
  • In the Silver Doe scene, Harry breaks his way though the ice to retrieve the sword.  When he gets close, the locket around his neck chokes him and drags him under the ice.
  • When Harry opens the locket, a Voldemort Horcrux tornado appears from the locket, speaking to Ron, and unleashing spiders onto the ground before Ron.
  • Wormtail lives after Dobby stuns him to free Ron and Harry from the cellar of Malfoy Manor.
  • The film ends with Voldemort going to a small island where Dumbledore's tomb is set; he cracks open the white marble, stares into the blank face of Dumbledore, and takes his wand.

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224 Comments

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277 Points

Movie sounds beyond amazing as ever, and this has made me even more excited to see it!!! (If that’s even possible). Shame that the statue in Godric’s Hollow won’t be there, and that Wormtail doesn’t die, mais c’est la vie. Am quite interested to find out what on earth a ‘Voldemort Horcrux tornado’ is. The scene with Hermione obliviating her parents will probably set me off bawling. Sounds very sad =’(

Posted by eccentricalice on August 22, 2010, 11:27 AM report to moderator
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277 Points

Movie sounds beyond amazing as ever, and this has made me even more excited to see it!!! (If that’s even possible). Shame that the statue in Godric’s Hollow won’t be there, and that Wormtail doesn’t die, mais c’est la vie. Am quite interested to find out what on earth a ‘Voldemort Horcrux tornado’ is. The scene with Hermione obliviating her parents will probably set me off bawling. Sounds very sad =’(

Posted by eccentricalice on August 22, 2010, 11:27 AM report to moderator
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SOUNDS AWESOME!! CAN HARDLY WAIT!!

I know some people are upset because Wormtail didn’t die just then …but who knows he may get his just deserts in the next film….it doesn’t bother me he doesn’t die exactly at that time….this is a film versoion of the book
and so for it sounds like almost everything it taken from the book…one
or two varaitions are not a matter for concern…big deal.

Posted by Jeannine on August 22, 2010, 11:35 AM report to moderator
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829 Points

Well i’m looking forward to DH 2 and i wanna know what are we gonna see in DH2 because most of the important incident are from Part 1 like Harry’s escape from Privet Drive, Wedding and DE’s attack,Kreacher’s tale, Trio’s successful breakthrough at Ministry and horcrux been found, Ron’s outburst and his departure, Harry’s visit to Godric Hollow and their dramatic escape,Ron’s dramatic arrival and Horcrux being destroyed, Trio’s visit of Xeno and escape,Trio’s capture and been dragged to Malfoy Manor all this in Part 1
Means Trio’s escape from Manor and Dobby’s death(if this is not in Part1), Arrival at shell cottage,breakthrough at Gringotts, and the arrival at Hogwarts and final battle,then the epilogue which is not much
and if the entire battle thing is abt 40 mins and rest could be another 40 mins which means only 80-100mins long DH2

Posted by blackhair on August 22, 2010, 11:35 AM report to moderator
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803 Points

@blackhair- Dan Radcliffe spoke about the scene where lily, Sirius, lupin and James lead Harry into the forest. plus, I believe we had solid confirmation of Geraldine somerville’s return, and though lily appears elsewhere in the story, she was younger in those flashbacks.

Posted by abandonedboyjon on August 22, 2010, 11:48 AM report to moderator
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98 Points

@blackhair. DH2 will be 2 hours long.They added some battles scenes(in the book harry will not fight at the begining but Heyman said in an interview that in the film he will fight &they’ll show how Ron and Hermione destroy the horcrux)

Posted by HPlover222 on August 22, 2010, 11:51 AM report to moderator
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41 Points

OMG! I CANNOT WAIT!!!! XD there are some differences…. but that was expected i guess. but i am certainly NOT complaining bout much haha.

Posted by slitherclaw_1457 on August 22, 2010, 12:00 PM report to moderator
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41 Points

can NOT wait to see part 2. it – to me- is the best part of the book. the 1st half of the book was very. slow. at Malfoy Manor it started to get good for me. so, i can’t wait to see how they do that, and the last half.

Posted by slitherclaw_1457 on August 22, 2010, 12:02 PM report to moderator
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11734 Points

I’ve only just discovered that the music for DH1 is being composed by Alexandre Desplat, not Nicholas Hooper. I can’t help being a bit disappointed. I loved Hooper’s score for HBP, especially his funeral hymn ‘Ad Noctem’, for Albus Dumbledore. I was longing to hear what he would compose for a certain other wizard near the end of DH2! I don’t know much about Desplat’s music. He composed the score for The Golden Compass, and I really didn’t like the music for that.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 22, 2010, 12:14 PM report to moderator
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11265 Points

YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH!!! That sounds SO amazing! The split seems pretty far into the book, though. WOW! I cannot WAIT for it to come out!

Posted by MossHorpione on August 22, 2010, 12:15 PM report to moderator
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42 Points

I’m super excited now. Is it November yet?

Posted by bookworm941 on August 22, 2010, 12:23 PM report to moderator
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42 Points

I’m super excited now. Is it November yet?

Posted by bookworm941 on August 22, 2010, 12:23 PM report to moderator
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683 Points

Well,from all the reports it sounds that this is really going to be the best film.
For the first time i can’t even complain about the changes,they seem alright(i’m
unhappy that there’s no potter memorial in Godric’s Hollow,and i wonder how wormtail will die then,or if he does die at all).But i think this time they stuck to the book more than in any of previous films.
I simply can’t wait for november ,now( i just know i’ll love that film :D)

Posted by xxIBelieveInNarglesxx on August 22, 2010, 12:36 PM report to moderator
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1996 Points

wormtail lives?! whaaaaat?!

Posted by ronlvr44 on August 22, 2010, 12:43 PM report to moderator
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446 Points

it sounds extraordinary but i have to admit i didn’t read the whole thing. I want to what.

Posted by thundermountain7*Roar* on August 22, 2010, 12:44 PM report to moderator
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