New ‘Harry Potter’ Featurette; ‘Deathly Hallows’ Breaking Records [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

2 featurettes for harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2 New Harry Potter Featurette; Deathly Hallows Breaking Records [Updated]

Update: We’ve added a second featurette detailing the history of the franchise’s most pivotal (and beloved) Hogwarts teacher…Severus Snape!

Pottermania is at an all-time high, since seemingly just about everyone (from devoted fans of the boy wizard to people who just want to see how the blockbuster fantasy saga ends onscreen) is pumped to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 this upcoming weekend.

Early reviews for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 indicate that it will not only deliver all the thrills, dazzling effects, and emotional closure that Potter fans are looking for, but that this film truly deserves to be called THE blockbuster event of Summer 2011. Judging by advanced ticket sales for the movie, the box office will definitely reflect that as well.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has already sold out more than 5,000 shows around the U.S., where it will open in 4,375 theaters and on over 11,000 screens this Friday. It’s also now Fandango‘s top-selling title of the year, beating out the likes of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Hangover: Part II, and is currently the second all time top pre-seller for the site, ranked only behind The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. unveiled a featurette that recapped all eight Potter films in five minutes, sparing fans the task of having to revisit all seven previous installments before seeing the franchise finale (though a lot of people did that anyway). Those of you who saw Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – or skipped it, but want to know what happened in the movie anyway – should check out the studio’s newest featurette, to refresh your memory.

Watch that (naturally) SPOILER-FILLED Deathly Hallows video (via Yahoo! Movies) below:


Update: Now check out the featurette on Snape:


For those of you who are planning to see Deathly Hallows: Part 2 sometime after the mad dash of Potter fans at theaters, there is the question: Should you check out the finale in 2D, 3D, or IMAX 3D? The film’s marvelous visual effects, CGI, and impressive climactic set piece (the destruction of Hogwarts Castle) are all definitely worth seeing on the big screen, but does it really call for an upgrade to either the third dimension and/or the largest screen size available?

Although Deathly Hallows: Part 2 wasn’t filmed in the IMAX format, it is a truly grand production that boasts the sort of action sequences (massive armies of wizards fighting one another) and magical characters (dragons, giants, enchanted suits of armor) that should look all the more impressive on the really big screen. Honestly, though, you’re not likely to miss out that much if you watch it in a regular theater.

As for the 3D: Deathly Hallows: Part 2 boasts the sort of dark visuals that often turn out murky in that format (see: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and the film was converted to 3D in post-production. However, to quote Screen Rant‘s own Vic Holtreman, who caught the movie at an advanced screening:

Speaking of Harry Potter 8/7.2 3D: I *despise* post-production 3D, but this was by FAR the best post 3D I’ve ever seen in a film.

We’ll have more on that issue, among others, when we post our official review of the film this Friday. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Mega Prize Pack Giveaway for the chance to win some sick Potter goodies.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will begin screening in the U.S. right after midnight on July 15th, 2011.

Source: Fandago, Yahoo! Movies

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  2. The big question is will it break the opening weekend record?

    • I think it will, but the 3D kind of gives it an unfair advavantage.

  3. imax 3d!!!

  4. Woah… thats great to hear!!!

    Tomorrow will be THE day of my life!

  5. I mentioned this in another thread but I saw a screening of Deathly Hallows part 2 on Monday. It was done well enough that it should smash box office records based soley on all the fans loyalty. By no means was it an epic or awesome movie but still pretty good.

    • Yeah I heard there is not as much battling as there should be but I care more for the emotional part of the story.

  6. That’s true Rickster and even some battles that fans were craving to see were brief and unfulfilling however I felt they captured the emotional sequence for Snape very well. To me, that was the best part of the entire movie. Subtle changes here and there of course but overall the fans should be pleased with how the film ended up. There was ONE thing that really bothered me though but I’ll wait for the release before I discuss that :) Just didn’t seem to fit….

    • Ah ok Alex I wonder what it was remind me on the spoiler HP thread ( I assume well get one)

      • If we don’t get a spoilers thread, we will have to hunt Vic down and force him to watch Twilight, then Battlefield Earth. :-)

  7. This is kind of stating the obvious imho. Of COURSE it will smash box office records because not only is it a Harry Potter movie (which do well period) but it’s the last one. If you have seen the other 7 chances are pretty good you will be showing up to see the climax of the series.

    My only concern is it might be so big that it overshadows Captain America next weekend. Maybe they should have pushed it’s release back 1-2 more weeks?

  8. Rickster, did you read Armond Whites review? He calls it the “dullest franchise in movie history.” I really want to punch him in the face

    • Yes Neal He gave Toy Story 3, Inception and now THIS a bad review. Im super pissed at him and I’m sure he does it for the pleasure. Oh well, to me he is NOT a critic. The only sad thing is that RT actually counts his reviews lol.

    • While I wouldn’t say the franchise is boring, the last movie was pretty dull. I’m expecting this one to fix that.

  9. We are going to the 12:50 on Friday afternoon. I’m glad to hear the 3D is good even though it was a post production job. There was some debate if we would just go 2D but we figured why not go big for this last one. Can’t believe it’s almost here.

    • And now Harry Potter already broke a record!! 32 million in just pre sale tickets (mostly midnight). It beat twilights 30 million(effing right…bc I hate twilight with a burning passion)

      • Sorry it beat **twilight saga: new moon’s record of 30 million

  10. Going to see harry potter today, pretty excited :D

  11. Will see in 2D,3D and IMAX. Why because its Harry Potter.
    Boxoffice records prepare to be smashed. This isnt just a movie.
    Its a Worldwide Event.

  12. Harry Potter has been a HUGE part of my life and I’m going to miss it. Tomorrow it all ends. But not really,no. Harry will forever be there for me. I will always remember Harry Potter, it was my childhood. I’m going to miss the absence of more potter films. But I’m thankful we have these amazing movies. this amazing series of books. I really am. Thank you JKR for bringing this world to me. Thanks to all the people who worked on this movie. You guys are the best.

    Its finally hitting me now. :(

    • Amen

    • Wingardium leviosa!!

      Now you are really floating on cloud nine. 8-)

  13. I just saw it in 3D here in South Africa. All I can say is wow, sit back and enjoy the ride!

    • I say this with all due respect….

      You (&*^&*! You saw it before me! Go and *&^&*^ yourself!!!

      I’m glad you enjoyed it.


      • Just saw it too. It’s amazing.

  14. I just read Armond White’s review of HP on RT (and of course he hated it) and he puts a major spoiler in his review. If you don’t want to know any spoilers, I suggest you not read his review. Since I already knew what would happen in HP, that particular tidbit didn’t bother me; I was just interested in seeing what the fans would post about his review (which was pretty much what I expected). If you want a laugh, read the replies to his review.

    • Actually, I take that back. I did read at least 1 post that referenced the spoiler with the same spoiler, so I suggest staying away from that thread altogether.