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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.

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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16258 Points

WORMTAIL IS SUPPOSED TO DIE!!!!!! and who ever wrote all of that can not spell at all.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on August 21, 2010, 10:15 PM report to moderator
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1183 Points

“continue reading, if you’re ready” i was born ready for this! my only problem was that i wished they could have included the monument for lily and james. still, this whole movie sounds freakin’ b.a. anothere weird potter moment for me, once again before i even read anything on leaky. i was driving, and we passed this big white tent canopy with lots of chairs in it. it was for a wedding, and of course i immediately thought of part 1. :) 89 days, wooohooo!

Posted by hermy007 on August 21, 2010, 10:23 PM report to moderator
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803 Points

wormtail lives?!!?

Posted by abandonedboyjon on August 21, 2010, 10:24 PM report to moderator
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2641 Points

OMG! How will I make it through the next 90 days!!!!!

Posted by TerieB on August 21, 2010, 10:31 PM report to moderator
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do u think there gonna do the memorial please answer

Posted by ccoolkid on August 21, 2010, 10:32 PM report to moderator
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OMG!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe people have seen it already!! AHH!! It all sounds great so far!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on August 21, 2010, 11:05 PM report to moderator
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3777 Points

NOOOO they cant change who dies.
oh well the rest seems awesome

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on August 21, 2010, 11:14 PM report to moderator
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5389 Points

OMG! im shaking literrallllly. its awesome. now ijust cant wait. might die of it. OMG!

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on August 21, 2010, 11:16 PM report to moderator
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I just keep staring blankly at the page. I keep thinking about other stuff that I really hope got included. I can hardly believe that even though we’re all excited and reading about it now, we’ll be watching it in 3D in a few months… This is all so unreal, it’s almost scaring me. This is Part One, coming out very soon……this is actually happening. I can’t believe it. :‘(
I’m so mixed up with emotions right now, I can’t explain how I’m feeling..

Posted by Delilah [ROAR] on August 21, 2010, 11:17 PM report to moderator
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OMG! OMG! OMG! I’m like… “I can’t go back now, i read it…” and “Yaaaayyy!!! Accio November” mixed… does anyone understands??? haha!!!

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Wormtail dies when his silver hand strangles him. Since the hand will probably be CG and since they said most of the CG isn’t finished we might still see his hand strangle him. This is afterall just a preview. There might still be changes.

Posted by Shirkon on August 21, 2010, 11:18 PM report to moderator
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That entire article is soooooo SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! I just hope the majority of it stays in the film because it sounds amazing. Two and a half hours!!!!, I don’t mind my bum going numb in the cinema if the film stays at that length. :D

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on August 21, 2010, 11:25 PM report to moderator
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amazing!!! although wormtail should of died, and the memorial to the potter’s should of appeared.

Posted by dakota1084 on August 21, 2010, 11:25 PM report to moderator
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I’m not too sure about Wormtail living, but then again seeing someone being strangled by their own hand (in 3D on a massive screen!) might be a little too far, so i get why they’ve (possibley) changed his fate.

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on August 21, 2010, 11:30 PM report to moderator
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Lovely, I just spoiled myself :P Oh whatever, this movie sounds AWESOME!!! Why did Wormtail live? _ I want to see him being strangled by his own hand.

Posted by shi suisen on August 21, 2010, 11:32 PM report to moderator
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