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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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@Wimsey. You hit the nail on the head. Repeatedly spot on. It’s vital the music does not drown out the battle, which is W’s stock-in-trade. God forbid we should be able to hear anything other than the boom-boom of William’s ego. If they choose W it will be out of insensibility, fear, or sentimentalism, not hard-headed determination to let the acting and sound effects do the talking. In essence a loss of nerve on Heyman, Yates, and Barron’s parts.

W starts loud and just gets louder. The more lively the battle the less the film needs W’s bombast. All the great battle scenes in film history have little to no music, never mind deafening drivel. Even Spielberg didn’t have music at the beginning of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and, however painful it may be for me to say it, the first 22 minutes of SPR are possibly some of the best representations of battle on film.

Posted by rotfang07 on August 22, 2010, 06:41 PM report to moderator
23764 Points

Wow, the final movie must take place in just one day, except of course for the epilogue part. I was expecting the split to occur much earlier. It all sounds really cool though!

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on August 22, 2010, 06:42 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

If only all the films were 4-5 hours long!

Posted by Won_Two on August 22, 2010, 07:12 PM report to moderator
397 Points

OMG this sounds amazing. Though i have to admit i am proper gutted that wormtail lives. What i love the most about hp is the way it all interlinks, and from his life debt he was meant too take his own life!!!! All the rest sounds awesome though :D makes sense they keep their own voices so peopel know which is which.

Posted by spiritbound on August 22, 2010, 07:13 PM report to moderator
41 Points

blackhair- Sirius, lily and James WERE CONFIRMED to be in the Walk to the forest scene

1. Dan radcliffe confirmed Gary Oldman returned as sirius

2. The Actress that plays older lily said she filmed her scenes


Posted by ale-expectopatronum on August 22, 2010, 07:44 PM report to moderator
147 Points

Want to see it now!

Posted by jedisakora on August 22, 2010, 07:50 PM report to moderator
1921 Points

*Wimsey, who is Shore?

Posted by izziewitch on August 22, 2010, 07:52 PM report to moderator
30 Points

can’t wait toooooooo………. these spoilers r torture and the hp marathons of abc family too

Posted by PrincessAngeles7 on August 22, 2010, 08:18 PM report to moderator
99 Points

can’t wait. malfoy manor is probably my fav chapter in the book. how does wormtail not die?

Posted by ❀ Jay K. Elle ❀ on August 22, 2010, 08:24 PM report to moderator
31 Points

Is there supposed to be a full report from Edward?

Posted by accio_hp on August 22, 2010, 08:41 PM report to moderator
27 Points

… i am more excited than words can even explain

Posted by AnishaPotter on August 22, 2010, 08:42 PM report to moderator
1985 Points

Excited to see this!!!

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on August 22, 2010, 09:00 PM report to moderator
38 Points


Posted by Xy4Tonks "Roar" on August 22, 2010, 09:01 PM report to moderator
12005 Points

Oh to be in Chicago!

Posted by budgie on August 22, 2010, 09:04 PM report to moderator
1061 Points

I’m reading the indepth reviews on mugglenet and one of them made me cry, i’m not afraid to admit that i was really worried about the film (after what they did to HBP) but the reviews sound so perfect! It sounds exactly the way i was hoping it would be. Please WB please don’t change anything from now until November PLEASE!!

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on August 22, 2010, 09:21 PM report to moderator
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