It’s fitting that this is the 20th PotterWatch, since I’m going deep into what I consider the most interesting footage we’ve seen of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yet. So, here’s the thing; this trailer came out a couple weeks ago. I think I actually watched it the day it hit the internet. I completely meant to write about this first thing, but a few things happened… 1) Life, and special posts like the Guest Review and my book review got in the way (by the way, I’m now officially done with culinary school. So who wants to pay me money to write food reviews?) and 2) There are a lot of great direct-from-book moments to find in this trailer. So… I made a crap ton of screenshots. So, let’s watch the trailer first, shall we?
So, pretty awesome, right? Here are the important screenshots, placed in a semi-random order.
Well, we’re finally going to see Rufus Scrimgeour. Sure, it would have been great to see him at Christmas in year 6 instead of the pointless burning of the Burrow, but his part in 7 remains. That being said, I still kind of like his look better in another movie….
So, first of all, Umbridge is back. We knew she was coming back, of course, but look at how damn pleased she looks at being in charge of damning people. That face says, “I love bureaucracy almost as much as I love being a sadistic bitch! Teehee!”
Second, look at the statue. It’s not exactly how I imagined it (I always saw a mountain-like heap of dead bodies with the wizards on top), but man, that is chilling. And you can see “Magic is Might” etched on it in an earlier shot.
The Mirror! Oh lord, how glad I am that the mirror got put in. It’s an important device in the last book and it makes Aberforth’s role make sense. The thing is, if Sirius gave it to him in the books, who gives it to him in the movie? Hmm.
Well, first reaction to this shot is, “Oh thank God the opening scene stayed in. You can’t see it in this particular shot, but the Malfoys are there, along with Snape. My question is the design of Nigiri. I always thought she’d look more like the crazy monster snake from Anaconda. Anyone else with me? On the other hand, Belatrix’s hair in this scene is a-MAY-zing.
So glad polyjuice potion will actually be used during this scene. In case you didn’t know, the woman on the left is Hermoine in disguise and the man on the right is Ron in disguise (although he’s terrified, so that’s a tell in itself).
BILL! BillBillBill. I knew he was going to be in the films, but it’s still so great to see him. And he’s played by the real life son of Mad-Eye Mooney, which is really awesome.
Here’s another character that I’ve known for a while was going to be in the film, but it’s good to see it with my own eyes. I know he wasn’t exactly the best short, bald, malnourished and beragged CGI character from this past decade, but he kind of grew on me in the later books and his part in Deathly Hallows is heart-wrenching. It’s good that he’ll be in it.
“And then Harry, Ron and Hermoine accepted a sidequest to bring the one Ring to Mount Doom.”
This is another detail I didn’t see quite like this. Namely, I always thought the pond was much smaller, but just as deep. I’m sure it will still work fine in the movie, but I did imagine it quite differently.
The shot above isn’t really that interesting, but it does capture the line that kind of made me laugh when I saw the trailer. Namely, Harry says, “No one else is going to die because of me.” Oh, Part 1 Harry; you don’t even want to KNOW what happens in Part 2.
So, I wanted to end on a high note. Here is possibly the greatest screenshot of all time. The 7 Harrys; a great chapter and a hilarious excuse to see Daniel Radcliffe in drag. It took me a little while but I figured out who is who. From left to right, real Harry (back turned), Fred/George (one of them looks just a little too pleased with himself), Mundungus, Fleur (funniest thing ever), Ron and Hermoine. I can’t wait to see how well Radcliffe pulls this off. Oh, I hope he pulls this off.
Part 1 opens in the US on November 19. Anyone else excited?
Shaun of the Dead Photo Courtesy of www.rockhardplace.com
Good synopsis. Can't believe it's only a couple of weeks from release.
Well, more than a month away… but you're sleep deprived, so it's understandable.
Excited? Try ecstatic!
Your screen shot skills and analysis make me salivate for the real thing. Great attention to detail, Katie.