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

DH Film
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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4208 Points

It sounds like they are leaving in all the important plot lines, and I am glad that the Durselys’ leaving is included!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on August 25, 2010, 01:12 PM report to moderator
1317 Points

Wormtail stunned? He was strangled by his own hand for crying out loud. Why something stupid like this when the original is soooooooo much more exciting and canon? Do these folks even read the original book? In short "what the hell are they thinking?????"

Posted by hewy on August 26, 2010, 05:13 PM report to moderator
36 Points

Sounds excellent, although I am surprised that Wormtail lives … what’s up with that … maybe we have to wait until part two …

Posted by BanjoBoog on August 26, 2010, 09:59 PM report to moderator
95 Points

I can’t wait! This movie will be amazing! :D

Posted by literarynerd on August 29, 2010, 12:33 PM report to moderator
59 Points

I’m so excited!! This sounds wonderful and (besides Wormtail living – WTH!) it all sounds exactly like what I was hoping for XD

Posted by lumoslove on August 30, 2010, 12:22 AM report to moderator
49341 Points


Posted by MJB™ on September 04, 2010, 02:52 AM report to moderator
49341 Points

i think we should all just think about the lack of wormtail’s death in the first part of the movie, im pretty sure they’ll kill him off in the second part and we never know, it might be exactly the same way as it was in the book, just father along.

plus wasnt Dumbledore buried on the Hogwarts grounds not on some far off island?

Posted by MJB™ on September 04, 2010, 02:55 AM report to moderator
237 Points

WOAH! this has made me so much more excited for the movie

Posted by loopylupin on September 05, 2010, 09:29 AM report to moderator
82 Points

pretty good im glad that they didnt change too much

Posted by toots2121 on September 11, 2010, 10:13 AM report to moderator
29 Points

I don’t like how there was no funeral for dumbeldore in half blood prince and how his tomb is just on some island, but other than that, it sounds EPIC!

Posted by harrypotter4ever16 on September 12, 2010, 03:17 PM report to moderator
29 Points

And what is up with no potter tribute? If your going to put that scene in the movie, you might as well put in full effect. Something’s just wrong about it not being there.

Posted by harrypotter4ever16 on September 12, 2010, 03:21 PM report to moderator
49 Points

Wow this movie is going to be just so incredible I’m so excited! If wormtail lives then when’s he going to die?

Posted by Jooooooolz on October 07, 2010, 05:37 AM report to moderator
52 Points

can’t believe wormtail doesn’t die! i kind of have mixed feelings about that…anyways, I CAN’T WAIT!!!

Posted by angelcat59 on October 16, 2010, 04:21 PM report to moderator

First, Wormtail living, at least for the time being, is not that big a deal. They might’ve been reluctant to show it onscreen because strangulation is a pretty horrible way to die.

As for the tribute statue in Godric’s Hollow, it’s always felt to me kind of contrived and out of place. Outside of Harry surviving Voldemort’s attack, what was so special about the Potters as opposed to every other family and person that died or was severely damaged facing Voldemort during that time? Shouldn’t Frank and Alice Longbottom have a statue too, then? Preserving the house seems to me to be tribute enough.

Posted by TmcMistress on October 30, 2010, 11:30 PM report to moderator
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