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"Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Screening Today in Chicago, Leaky's Full Report Forthcoming

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Posted by: Edward
August 21, 2010, 07:20 PM

A test screening for the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film was held today in Chicago.  This editor was lucky enough to attend the screening, and got a full preview at the first installment of the final film.  A full report on the screening is due shortly, but please enjoy this quick preview rundown for now.

A caution to readers: THIS POST-- AND FOLLOWING POSTS-- WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS.

If you are ready, please continue below for full details!

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FINAL SPOILER WARNING!


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Here we go:

  • Director David Yates, and Producers David Heyman and David Barron were in attendance at the screening.
  • The current running time for this rough cut was about two and a half hours.
  • Some select graphics and CGI enhancements were not fully complete in this screening.  Some moments were only rendering.
  • Green screens, cranes, and other movie props appeared in places.
  • The film contained a temporary soundtrack; the full soundtrack is still being composed and recorded.
  • A unique and innovative animation tells the story of the Deathly Hallows.
  • David Barron confirmed that the final split for the film will indeed be when Lord Voldemort takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave.
  • The crew has not yet finalize their choice of composer for the second part of "Deathly Hallows."
  • The Seven Potter sequence features Mr. Radcliffe changing, character by character, as the camera pans around the room.  He is left in the original clothes of the character, and with their voice.
  • The film opens on the Minister of Magic speaking to the press, promising the wizarding public safety and protection of their liberties.  
  • This leads into the Dursley's leaving their home, and Harry being left in the empty Privet Drive house with Hedwig.
  • Hedwig does die, returning to the chase sequence to defend Harry from Voldemort.
  • The title card did not contain and "Part One" distinction. 
  • Both Kreacher and Dobby do make an appearance in the film. 
  • The Death Eater meeting is featured, an unshaven Lucius Malfoy shakes below Voldemort's gaze.
  • A series of flashbacks and memories are used to tell both the select back story of the Hallows and Horcruxes.  Dumbledore, Slughorn, and more were featured in this telling.
  • The Death Eater chase ranges from highway action with other cars, featuring Hagrid and Harry on the motorbike doing a loop around the ceiling of a tunnel. 
  • Hermione is shown to obliviate her parents, and make out her way out of the house.  When she casts the spell, family photos on the wall are magically wiped of Hermione's presence. 
  • Hermione is tortured by Bellatrix at Malfoy Manor, after they are captured by the Snatchers.  Quite graphic and jarring.
  • Umbridge returns.  Part of the new Death Eater Ministry which takes over.
  • Death Eaters crash the wedding.
  • A new stone statue in the Ministry is created, wizards behind held up by a twisted jumble of muggles.
  • Madam Maxine is featured at the wedding as well.
  • Ron's turn against Harry and Hermione builds throughout the first half, his leaving is very dramatic.
  • Ministry of Magic is turned into a propaganda factory, with posters, pamphlets, and other anti-Muggle propaganda.
  • Harry and Hermione dance to Nick Cave's "The Children."
  • Dobby makes a fun, funny, and heartwarming return.  Humorous interaction with Kreacher. 
  • The Trio are found by the Death Eaters when Xeno says "Voldemort," a tabooed word.
  • When Ron is destroying the Horcrux, Harry and Hermione appear as silver porcelain figures, taunting Ron.  The engage in a very sensual kiss, which ignites Ron into destroying the Horcrux.
  • Dementors float above the courtroom where Umbrdige interviews.
  • The enchantments Hermione puts around the test when Snatchers come up to their camp.
  • The memorial to the Potters does not appear when Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow.
  • Nagini comes from the mouth of Bagshot.  The fight crashes into the children's room of the house next door.
  • In the Silver Doe scene, Harry breaks his way though the ice to retrieve the sword.  When he gets close, the locket around his neck chokes him and drags him under the ice.
  • When Harry opens the locket, a Voldemort Horcrux tornado appears from the locket, speaking to Ron, and unleashing spiders onto the ground before Ron.
  • Wormtail lives after Dobby stuns him to free Ron and Harry from the cellar of Malfoy Manor.
  • The film ends with Voldemort going to a small island where Dumbledore's tomb is set; he cracks open the white marble, stares into the blank face of Dumbledore, and takes his wand.

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224 Comments

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98 Points

Do they confirm that Harry won’t see his parents death? I hope NO.I’ll be VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!They can’t do that!!!!!

Posted by HPlover222 on August 22, 2010, 03:27 AM report to moderator
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23699 Points

Why is Leaky too slow when it comes to updating with the news?!

Posted by Maxtina Potter (Aty) on August 22, 2010, 03:29 AM report to moderator
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23699 Points

@HPlover1: I hope NOT!!
I LOVE that part! It’s my favorite part, seriously!

Posted by Maxtina Potter (Aty) on August 22, 2010, 03:33 AM report to moderator
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well everyone how are HP fans don’t u think that its quite strange that there are only 88 days remaining and still there are stuff to be edited and fixing up the score for the movie
and for part 8 they have not yet finalized the composer for it.
All this reminds me of 2008 winter i hope people did catch what i was trying to conclude.
Hey i’m not anti-Yates people criticizing every action of his.
But the way things have been carried out looks glum

Posted by blackhair on August 22, 2010, 03:41 AM report to moderator
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803 Points

well i think i’ve read everything that’s been posted anywhere now and i have to say, this sounds like it’s gonna blow everyone away. even the harshest reviews are extremely positive. less than 3 months now!!

Posted by abandonedboyjon on August 22, 2010, 03:51 AM report to moderator
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829 Points

@HPlover1,Maxtina
I’m sorry to disappoint everyone
but have we ever heard of characters playing role of Lily,James n Sirius recently in the news or interviews for DH nope so which means they not be in DH 1 n DH2
which means they won’t accompany HArry in his walk through the forest.
And that’s a very big drawback

Posted by blackhair on August 22, 2010, 03:53 AM report to moderator
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884 Points

o my goblin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! but pettigrew was supposed 2 die!!!!!!!!!!! rowling will NOT b a happycamper
Youtube: mudbloodandproud1996

Posted by Mudblood_and_proud on August 22, 2010, 04:03 AM report to moderator
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OMG! This sound amazing! But does this mean that Wormtail will be in the final battle. Doesn’t that make for some problems? Anyway, can’t wait to see it! Nagini coming out of Bathilda’s mouth sounds scaring..

Posted by Miss_Odadkt on August 22, 2010, 04:23 AM report to moderator
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8317 Points

BRILLIANT!!!!

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on August 22, 2010, 04:25 AM report to moderator
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Posted by ~ Asi ~ on August 22, 2010, 04:25 AM report to moderator
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146 Points

Oh to be spoiled!!!
I think all the canon deaths will occur but maybe not in the same places.
Would suit me if Snape lives!!!!
And “jeannemclROAR” think you may be right – “and so the complaining begins” Love it!!!
Here’s one pre film complaint to start it – Have seen “Why Chicago?” but what about Why America? Not that I would have seen it even if it had been in London

Posted by finley on August 22, 2010, 04:43 AM report to moderator
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I was worried when i first heard that the dividing point was Voldemort getting the elder wand from Dumbledore’s tomb, as it was so near the end of the book, but thankfully, reading this has reassured me. Obviously they’ve brought the timeline of this happening forward in the film. In the second half it won’t just be Aberforth and the Battle of Hogwarts, but we’ll have them breaking into Gringotts and the dragon as well, so not too bad. I do hope they don’t rush anything. Obviously they’ve got a “better” end planned for Wormtail in the final battle scene? Great review. Thanks.

Posted by dipsofairy on August 22, 2010, 04:46 AM report to moderator
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OMG! and there’s the sensual kiss between harry and hermione.. and all of the important parts are in there.. i really can’t wait.. this is going to be really exciting!!^__^

Posted by strife19 on August 22, 2010, 04:51 AM report to moderator
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SOUNDS AWESOME. I think I might be fully satisfied from this movie!

Posted by Jillian {WBM} on August 22, 2010, 04:58 AM report to moderator
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93 Points

OMFG Cant Wait

Posted by Glacius on August 22, 2010, 05:11 AM report to moderator
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