With the release of the official trailer last week (watch the trailer here), the press bonanza has begun for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The movie stands to be one of the biggest releases in a franchise ever, and will probably prompt the amount of fanfare given only to a select few movies. It is hard to say if splitting the final part into two films will be helpful or harmful, but as long as they stick to the storyline, WB has an incredible chance to turn some big profits.
My one and only complaint against all this coverage is that right now they seem to be giving away too many essential parts. There are a few glimpses of final events that take place towards the end of Part 2. For those who haven’t read the books, the twists and turns at the end of a Potter book/movie always have a grand payoff. Let’s hope WB’s marketing team doesn’t get a little overzealous and reveal too much in promotional materials.
Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction — the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale — the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “the Boy Who Lived.” No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, John Hurt, Michael Gambon, Jason Issacs
Director: David Yates
Release Date: November 19, 2010 (Part 1)
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