Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I is shaping up to be the cinematic event of 2010, and just in time for the holidays. Now, these movies are never perfect—and they’re certainly no comparison to their literary counterparts—but regardless, I’m always at every midnight showing as anxious as I am on Christmas morning.
The newest Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I trailer premiered recently at SpikeTV’s Scream 2010 Awards and today, courtesy of Spike’s website, it’s debuting on the internet.
The trailer shows us, if nothing else, just how gorgeous these last two Harry Potters are going to be—though that’s nothing new for the series. There’s also an increased sense of importance, emotion, dread, and darkness. From the beginning, with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there was an indication that darkness and doom were on their way for young Harry Potter, but it was small, vague, and tucked away. With every successive movie, that darkness has grown and that doom has become more evident, hopefully culminating in an action-packed and mind-blowing Deathly Hallows.
Check out the video below for a positively Potter-licious (ha-ha-ha) experience:
As I said before, I’m really looking forward to this movie, especially the shared experience of watching it opening night with nerds and casual fans alike, but I can’t help but worry that Warner Bros. split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two movies for the sole purpose of squeezing every last cent out of the franchise.
If there was one Harry Potter book that didn’t need to be split into two, it was this, the seventh and final one. Sure, it was 759 pages long, but a good two, three, even four hundred (who can remember?) of those pages saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione walking around in the woods being sad, dirty, grumpy, and annoying. My point being, is the majority of this movie going to be about Harry, Ron, and Hermione endlessly bickering in the woods? Because that doesn’t sound very action-packed or mind-blowing at all…
With Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings dead and gone, Harry Potter is perhaps the last vestige of the aforementioned epic movie experience. I’ll be sad when it, too, is gone, but then I suppose we have The Hobbit Parts I and II (again, why is that story being split up?) to look forward to—not to mention some yet unmade movie which will be the next big phenomenon.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, directed by David Yates, hits theaters November 19th. Part II hits theaters July 15th, 2011. Will you be there opening night?
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