Ten years of Harry Potter dominating the box office is about to come to a close next month with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Are you as sad to see the adventure end as we are?
Because the journey has taken ten years, it can be difficult to remember every single detail and major plot point from the previous six films. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has provided a couple of featurettes for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – one that refreshes our collective memory on the subject of horcruxes, and another that showcases the forthcoming heist at Gringotts. Also, we have a clip from the film that takes place in the Chamber of Secrets.
First: The Horcrux featurette basically gives us a rundown of Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s primary mission in Deathly Hallows – to hunt down and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes – as well as a reminder as to what they are and why it's so important that they not exist. Every time a Horcrux is destroyed, an angel gets his wings Voldemort grows weaker.
Check it out below, from Yahoo! Movies:
And, for those who don’t know, here’s the definition of a Horcrux (via Wikipedia):
A Horcrux is a dark magical object used to attain immortality. The concept is first introduced in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, though Horcruxes are present in earlier novels without being identified as such. Rowling uses the character of Horace Slughorn’s expository dialogue to reveal that the creation of a Horcrux requires one to commit a murder, which, as the supreme act of evil, 'rips the soul apart.' After the murder, a spell is cast to infuse part of the ripped soul into an object, [either living or inanimate], which becomes the Horcrux.
Now check out the Gringotts featurette, from Entertainment Weekly:
It’s nice to see the always charismatic Warwick Davis – Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi, Willow from Willow, and the leprechaun from Leprechaun – being featured fairly prominently in this series for a change. He has acted in nearly all of the films, of course, but we’ve seldom seen more than glimpses of him, and usually as Professor Flitwick. This will be the first time he has portrayed the sniveling Goblin bank teller since Sorcerer’s Stone.
And finally, check out the clip showcasing the Chamber of Secrets scene in Deathly Hallows Part 2, from Fandango:
Basically, Ron and Hermione enter the Chamber to retrieve a Basilisk fang so they can destroy one of Voldemort's many Horcruxes. This is actually the second time a Basilisk fang has been used to destroy a Horcrux in the series -- previously, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry destroyed Tom Riddle's diary with one, though it was not known to be a Horcrux at the time.
There's something very satisfying about seeing all these characters, locations, and visual cues from the previous films (like Gringotts, Mr. Ollivander, the Chamber of Secrets, and so forth) make an appearance in the final film, though in a darker and more depressing fashion. Besides echoing those films, it really helps drive the point home that these characters have grown so much, and the films have grown with them. It's kind of bittersweet, actually.
The last Harry Potter ever – before the inevitable reboot, that is ;-) – hits theaters July 15th, 2011. Will you be there opening night for the midnight showing?
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