The first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will arrive in regular and 3D theaters this fall, with Part 2 set for Summer 2011.
In the meantime, fans of the boy wizard can entertain themselves by having a look at these new images from the second film's epilogue - which serves as the conclusion to the original novel.
Arriving in theaters nearly a decade after the first film in the series, the seventh Harry Potter flick finds the wizarding world at war with the dark forces of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). As those who caught the previous Potter adventure - Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - are aware, our titular hero (Daniel Radcliffe) will be on a mission with his BFFs Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) to make Voldemort essentially mortal once more so that he may at last be defeated.
Now, there are actually a lot of moviegoers out there who have not read the last of the Harry Potter novels and are thus unfamiliar with how it ends - more importantly, who survives the final battle. Well, the epilogue to the original Deathly Hallows novel jumps ahead 19 years into the future and reveals the ultimate fate of several of the surviving characters. The second half of the film version will do the same.
Needless to say, the photos below are SPOILERS for anyone not familiar with the conclusion to Deathly Hallows. So, if you want to remain in the dark about the fate of "The Boy Who Lived," you'll want to skip these.
Still here? Have a look for yourselves:
Truth be told, I find myself rather unimpressed with these photos. The retreating hairlines are convincing enough, but the skin wrinkles and overall makeup jobs bring to mind the poor work done on Carla Gugino as the elderly Silk Spectre I in Watchmen. All four of these characters - Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) - are only supposed to be 36 and will almost undoubtedly age much better in reality than they do here.
As a devote Potter fan myself, I've been a bit skeptical so far about the inclusion of the epilogue in Deathly Hallows for reasons beyond concerns about how the actors would be made to look older. The quality of writing in the epilogue was not on par with the rest of the original book - not to mention kind of rushed in the manner that its events unfolded on the page.
Will the epilogue work better in the film version of Deathly Hallows? Do you think the makeup job on the actors actually looks pretty good? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 arrives in regular, 3D, and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on November 19th, 2010. Part 2 will follow suit on July 15th, 2011.