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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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3455 Points

WOW! it sounds really awesome!!!!!! they have a lot of things that are correct…more than in any other movie. however there are still tons of things that they changed…for example, not to sound evil or anything, but wormtail should die, and these voldy tornadoes and tsunamis are really weird!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on August 22, 2010, 10:29 AM report to moderator
16322 Points

Can’t wait to see Dobby’s “humorous interaction with Kreacher”! :P Should be fun!

Posted by FilmGirl27 *Team Weasley!* (ROAR!!) on August 22, 2010, 10:32 AM report to moderator
15823 Points

No, cheesing way! I can’t wait!!!!!!

Posted by jammjcpotter on August 22, 2010, 10:34 AM report to moderator
15823 Points

And, Wormtail should really die. It’s bothering me…

Posted by jammjcpotter on August 22, 2010, 10:34 AM report to moderator

It says •Harry and Hermione dance to Nick Cave’s “The Children.” Could this actually be Nick Cave’s song “O Children”? Good song. very fitting if you really understand it.

Posted by somethingtolivefor on August 22, 2010, 10:37 AM report to moderator
123 Points

The Ultimate Battle needs a movie of its own so that the story can be played out on the screen without a lot of editing by Buzz and Hack Saw. So it makes perfect sense to end Part 1 just before the fighting begins. Anyway, a lot of what happens in the first two thirds of the book can easily be told within the standard length of an HP film.

Posted by Paskunius Senus on August 22, 2010, 10:38 AM report to moderator
75 Points

I can’t wait 2 see this movie!!!!

Posted by get1nexttime on August 22, 2010, 10:41 AM report to moderator
3797 Points


Posted by Scarhead on August 22, 2010, 10:44 AM report to moderator
3797 Points


Posted by Scarhead on August 22, 2010, 10:44 AM report to moderator
1740 Points

Bloody Hell! That was fantastic! I have been left speechless………..
I don’t know what to say, that’s awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jumping around the room all excited…

98 Points

I read on SNITCHSEEKER that they cast young Lily for part II…GREAT!!!!!!!

Posted by HPlover222 on August 22, 2010, 10:50 AM report to moderator
56 Points

No memorial to the Potters?!?!
I’m shocked, I really wanted to see that!
But, still curious… :)

Posted by Pigwidgeon on August 22, 2010, 10:54 AM report to moderator
52 Points

I’m really dissapointed that they didn’t include the statue of the potter family in the film as it would have been a very moving shot to have seen Harry & Hermione standing before a scarless Harry with his parents….. But overall – a great sounding movie!! :)

Posted by harraí on August 22, 2010, 10:55 AM report to moderator
10268 Points

Patience, O Squeeing Ones. People are jumping to some conclusions here, based on inadequate information. We don’t know for sure that Wormtail doesn’t die; we just know that it wasn’t shown in the rough cut. A scene so heavy in CGI effects as a closeup on the silver hand might not yet have looked liked enough of anything to be included.

Also, I would not necessarily conclude that Xeno Lovegood deliberately breaks the Taboo to call the Ministry Death Eaters. It could just be a blunder; maybe this is the first point at which people find out about the Taboo. I would not be at all surprised if Yates decided that it would take up too much screentime to explain the moral ambiguity of Xeno’s betrayal of Harry in order to ransom Luna. In the movies, quick, sketchy characters generally have to be uncomplicated good guys or bad guys; allowing the audience to feel ambivalent about a character is a luxury usually reserved for those who get a lot more scenes to develop nuance.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on August 22, 2010, 11:05 AM report to moderator
3006 Points

OHMYGOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would have liked to see wormtail die though…. whatever ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

Posted by muggle..andproudofit =:) on August 22, 2010, 11:11 AM report to moderator
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