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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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1834 Points

This is just too great, I don’t think I can wait any longer. :x
I need to see it now!!!

Posted by cassandraROAR1901 on August 21, 2010, 11:34 PM report to moderator
1061 Points

If we did see Wormtail strangled by his own hand, surely that would push the certificate higher (???), and that would piss off the younger audience who wouldn’t be allowed to see it. :/ Anyway…………………………………..SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :D

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on August 21, 2010, 11:39 PM report to moderator
98 Points

Woooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ACCIO NOVEMBER!!!!

Posted by HPlover222 on August 21, 2010, 11:41 PM report to moderator
1061 Points

I just read the list again and i am terrified of spiders (just like Ron), 3D spiders on a giant screen!!! I will definitely be looking away at that bit!

Posted by Vicki_The_House_Elf *ROAR* ϟ on August 21, 2010, 11:42 PM report to moderator
98 Points

Looking forwards to seeing the dancing scene, Ron and the spiders……….
Ohhh!! HEDWIG & DOBBY!!!. My tears have already started coming!!!!!!!

Posted by HPlover222 on August 21, 2010, 11:59 PM report to moderator
73 Points

About Wormtail, my guess he will still die, but it’ll be dramatized differently from the books. Remember in the movies it hasn’t been verbally established that Wormtail is in Harry’s debt, and the moment of hesitation that leads to the hand turning against him would be hard to dramatize effectively cinematically. My guess is we will see V kill Wormtail, perhaps even by having him strangled with the hand, when he discovers Wormtail let Potter go. Perhaps a scene in the beginning of Part 2.

Edward didn’t mention whether we see Dobby die. Wouldnt’t that happen right after Dobby rescues Harry, so wouldn’t that be in Part 1? Or do we not see the end of Malfoy Manor until Part 2?

Posted by dragonfrog on August 22, 2010, 12:12 AM report to moderator
1408 Points

Wow!!! It sounds amazing! I’m getting chills just reading this :)

Posted by da_member0808 on August 22, 2010, 12:18 AM report to moderator
4906 Points


Posted by Darth Luna on August 22, 2010, 12:24 AM report to moderator
46 Points

it all sounds good to me but there are a couple of minor things that just dont sound right to me. like with xeno saying voldemort. maybe once i see it it will make more sense but it at the moment just doesnt feel right to me on that.

Posted by Armill (ROAR) on August 22, 2010, 12:33 AM report to moderator
155 Points

Is it November yet???? I was pretty worried how they were going to explain the horcruxes’ importance to Voldemort, because so much was left out of HBP, but it sounds like it is going to all come together just fine. About Wormtail, I believe that to earn a PG-13 rating, only a certain number of deaths can be shown…therefore they might have had to sacrifice Wormtail’s death scene in order to keep it at that rating.

Posted by HermioNAY on August 22, 2010, 12:36 AM report to moderator
388 Points

Everything except the Wormtail thing sounds great. If he doesn’t die, I’m gonna hunt him down and strangle him myself!

Posted by Hydrus on August 22, 2010, 12:43 AM report to moderator
73 Points

Just read elsewhere that Dobby’s death is in Part 1. So that question of mine is answered.

Posted by dragonfrog on August 22, 2010, 12:44 AM report to moderator
1863 Points


Posted by Leander21[WBM] on August 22, 2010, 01:24 AM report to moderator
23699 Points

can’t wait!

Posted by Maxtina Potter (Aty) on August 22, 2010, 01:47 AM report to moderator
229 Points

I was wondering how they were going to tie it all together. Seems like they may have done it!

Posted by akcorr on August 22, 2010, 01:47 AM report to moderator
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