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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.


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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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Hogwarts Radio have more details of the movie in an interview with Eric Scull who saw the unfinished version of Part1 with Emerson in Chicago. He is incoherent, apparently because he was exhausted, and the chat is 12-year-oldish and barely comprehensible to an English oldie, but there are some definite nuggets there, if you have the patience to suffer 50mns of it. The radio programme is entitled “the sideboob” in reference to an intimate topless Horcrux scene between Hermione and Harry. Apparently Eric was seriously taken with the scene.

Posted by rotfang07 on August 22, 2010, 12:45 PM report to moderator

Lyrics to “O’ Children”

Hey, little train! Wait for me! I once was blind but now I see Have you left a seat for me? Is that such a stretch of the imagination?
Posted by Descartes on August 22, 2010, 01:04 PM report to moderator
73 Points

There are lots of questions and plot lines still left hanging from The Half Blood Prince: how are the trio going to know about the Hufflepuff cup, and the Ravenclaw horcrux? What was the point of Snape being a half-blood Prince? How is it that Bill and Fleur get together – there was no Christmas with Phlegm? Having the film start with Dumbledore’s funeral could have helped to supply some answers, but may be the script writer is going to be more creative – may be the books that Hermione summons from Dumbledore’s study will have notes in the margins……

Posted by minerva-rules-uk on August 22, 2010, 01:20 PM report to moderator
52 Points

Oh my……I’m so excited. I want to see that NOW!! (Wormtail lives… it was better when he died)

Posted by Ccysf. (*ROAR!*) on August 22, 2010, 01:24 PM report to moderator
52 Points

“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”


Posted by Ccysf. (*ROAR!*) on August 22, 2010, 01:29 PM report to moderator
393 Points

They could have kept Hedwig s death as it is in the book,,,,i dint like the defending harry and dying thing….and i feel that harry/hermione dance is absoutely not necessary………and they should nt be leaving wormtail alive,he should be dead

Posted by hermy on August 22, 2010, 01:48 PM report to moderator
895 Points

wormtail doesn’t live he’ll die

Posted by Emmaria on August 22, 2010, 01:53 PM report to moderator
895 Points

that’s so cool i can’t wait and i don’t want it to be over!! :(

Posted by Emmaria on August 22, 2010, 01:56 PM report to moderator
120 Points

It’s impossible for people who have not read the books to make any sense out of these films. Everything is left hanging in the air, unanswered and unexplained. It’s just ridiculous. I hope they make A LOT of changes, because this sounds even worse than I thought. I suppose there’s no point in reminding that demented script writer (and also the previewer) that there is a character called Snape who is rather important…? Does he appear at all in these last two films or is Alan Rickman’s (surely excellent) work lying in the cutting-room floor? They seem to have wasted a lot of money on his salary, but worst of all, wasted his time and effort.

Posted by Gloria on August 22, 2010, 01:58 PM report to moderator
13617 Points

Accio November 19

Posted by Gryffindor_Girl_xx {ROAR!!} on August 22, 2010, 02:14 PM report to moderator
178 Points

“Unleashing spiders onto the ground before Ron”… heh. That might make me giggle a bit, although that was SUCH an emotional part of the book.

Posted by findthefourth on August 22, 2010, 02:19 PM report to moderator
98 Points

@hermy- Why isn’t the scene with Harry & Hermione dancing necessary?

Posted by HPlover222 on August 22, 2010, 02:27 PM report to moderator
1111 Points

OH…MY….WORLD……….this is seriously going to the best movie everr!!!!!
i really can-not wait to see it!!
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it’s turning me mad!!! :P

Posted by Harrypotterultrafan on August 22, 2010, 02:39 PM report to moderator

Are you serious? If you are, you really have some major mental problems. The film sounds perfect. Stop asking for the impossible.

Posted by JasonAnder on August 22, 2010, 03:14 PM report to moderator
141 Points

You lucky bastard! :) I’m not reading it, due to the spoilers, but well done.

Posted by Oh, Neville OoM4, GS on August 22, 2010, 03:27 PM report to moderator
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