A legion of fiercely loyal fans bearing cloaks, plastic wands, and probably boxes of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (to snack on, naturally) will descend upon theaters at midnight just two weeks from tonight to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on the big screen.
Two new clips from the seventh installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise have been released and they raise the question: How will moviegoers who haven't read the original Deathly Hallows novel feel about the two-part cinematic finale?
The Harry Potter books are crammed full with supporting characters and subplots, in addition to the overarching narrative. Screenwriter Steve Kloves - who penned the script for all but the fifth Harry Potter movie, Order of the Phoenix - was not unfairly accused of being slavishly loyal to J.K. Rowling's original text when he adapted the first two books in the series, but he has since become a bit more willing to exercise certain details and storylines in the later novels from his screenplays entirely (much to the chagrin of certain fans, admittedly).
Why bring all this up? Well, the first new Deathly Hallows: Part 1 clip contains references to the wedding of Bill Weasley (Ron's older brother) and Fleur Delacour (who was last glimpsed onscreen in Goblet of Fire). The sixth Harry Potter novel, Half-Blood Prince, introduced this plot element, which was removed from the film adaptation - will those unfamiliar with the books find this all to be a bit random?
Check out that scene from Deathly Hallows: Part 1 below:
The second clip references the fact that underage wizards, like Harry at the beginning of Deathly Hallows: Part 1, bear "The Trace," a spell that allows the Ministry of Magic to locate them wherever they go. Since Lord Voldemort's forces have infiltrated the wizard government, Harry's companions devise a fairly ingenious scheme to provide him with extra protection while they transport him to a safe location.
Check out that scene below:
No one who goes to see either half of Deathly Hallows will so do without having either seen the previous films, read the original Harry Potter books, or looked up their summaries on Wikipedia (presumably). When certain plot threads are wrapped in both of the Deathly Hallows movies, will it make as much sense to non-book fans as it will to those fully devoted to the titular boy wizard?
We're very much looking forward to the final (and darkest) chapters in the Harry Potter series and expect Deathly Hallows to deliver lots of intense action, suspense, drama, and even a bit of humor. How about you?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 hits regular and IMAX screens on November 19th, 2010 at midnight. Part 2 will arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters next summer on July 15th, 2011.