Deathly Hallows Test Screening Review & New Images

deathlyhallows210x300We’ve learned to deal with the fact that Americans get to experience certain things before us, especially when it comes to movie previews but this just takes the biscuit.

A select few were treated to a rough-cut preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I in Chicago and we couldn’t be more jealous if they had had pictures taken of them riding a Hippogriff over Hogwarts. Needless to say, if you continue to read this article then you’re in for some SERIOUS SPOILERS!

The images we’ve seen previously have been tiding us over but dammit we wanted to go!

Those clever folks at Mugglenet were in attendance and have written a point-by-point rundown of what they saw. Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad but if it’s all Potter then it’s all good. Once again, MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Here are the highlights:

# Bill Nighy is great as Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour; the film opens with him addressing the media.
# Hermione uses a memory charm on her parents at the beginning of the film. The big building we see her walking towards in the trailer is just a church in her neighborhood.
# Watching Snape and Voldemort together is amazing on screen. You see them just before Charity Burbage is killed.
# Lucius Malfoy’s character is paid attention to; what’s going on with his family is very well-established leading into Part 2.

Whoah! Ok that’s not so spoilery but yay for seeing Snape and Voldemort together early on – it’s about time! Other reports from the screening indicate that Hermione’s scene with her parents is very emotional and that her image disappears from photographs around her family home.

# The Death Eater who stops the Hogwarts Express in the trailer is looking for Harry Potter. He meets resistance from Neville and other students that are aboard.
# The Hogwarts grounds do not appear in the film until Voldemort opens Dumbledore’s tomb.
# The Last Will and Testament of Albus Dumbledore has a much faster payoff than in the book.
# Harry is not disguised as a Weasley cousin at the wedding.
# Aunt Muriel makes Harry feel terrible because of what he doesn’t know about Dumbledore.
# Viktor Krum and Madam Maxime make appearances at Bill and Fleur’s wedding.
# The scene where Kingsley’s patronus arrives at the wedding to announce the Ministry has fallen is chilling.

I’m glad they’re keeping the wedding scene in the movie but I felt it ran a little long in the books, will the fact that Harry’s not in disguise speed things up? And finally we get to see a Patronus speak with Kingsley Shacklebolt’s soothing tones – awesome.

# Harry has Sirius’ mirror. How did he get it?
# Similar to the book there is a ghostly version of Dumbledore guarding Grimmauld Place.
# Kreacher clearly obeys Harry in this film, but there is no flashback showing Regulus and Kreacher obtaining the locket.
# A young Dumbledore and Grindelwald appear together in a photo. Harry is forced to investigate this throughout the course of the film as he recognizes Grindelwald’s face from somewhere.
# They did not cast Dumbledore’s family for Part I.
# The locations for the camp scenes while the Trio are on the run are very beautiful and scenic, making them not as dull as would be expected.

Has screenwriter Steve Kloves completely missed out the explanation of Sirius’ mirror? Hopefully this won’t be the Marauder’s Map all over again where we just have to make our own assumptions. And Dumbledore’s family are missing for Part I but it’s pretty much a given that we’re going to meet Aberforth in Part II – right?

# Harry and Hermione shippers will get their day during the locket Horcrux scene.
# The Godric’s Hollow scene where Harry visits his parents’ grave with Hermione is very moving. Hermione conjures a wreath for the Potters’ grave.
# The Tale of the Three Brothers is a fictional story within a fictional story in the books. So when dealing with the movie they could have casted it with real characters. Instead they did a very cool animated sequence as Hermione tells the story.
# Xenophilius Lovegood is very well cast and says “Voldemort” to alert the Snatchers to the Trio’s location.

Several reports have described the kiss between Harry and Hermione as ‘very sensual’ – sounds like this scene will be faithful to the book. Regarding the animation that describes the origins of the Deathly Hallows, it’s been described by others as ‘innovative’ but how will this fit in with the tone of the rest of the movie? And Xenophilius’ betrayal has been simplified from the book which should speed things up a little.

# Hermione’s torture really brings out a side of Bellatrix, an aspect of her character that we haven’t seen before. What drives her to torture Hermione is both interesting and exciting on film. When Hermione awakens from being tortured she notices the word “mudblood” carved into her arm.
# Peter Pettigrew doesn’t die; he is stunned by Dobby during the big escape from Malfoy Manor. Luna, Ollivander and Griphook are all captive in the manor with Harry and Ron.
# Dobby’s death is very emotional.
# The film ends with Voldemort opening Dumbledore’s tomb and stealing the Elder Wand. We see the scene from the trailer of him shooting magic high into the air and the screen goes black.

Is it really sadistic that I’m actually looking forward to Hermione’s torture scene? It’ll get Emma Watson really involved in the action and will give Helena Bonham Carter the chance to let loose with Bellatrix. The scene I’m not looking forward to? Poor Dobby’s death when escaping Malfoy’s mansion – I’m not ashamed to say I cried like a five-year-old and it sounds like his death and subsequent burial will pack the emotional punch it deserves.

How does it all sounds to you? What are the good and bad points? What’s missing? Drop a comment down below but first check out these new images, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Bathilda Bagshot played by Hazel Douglas
Bathilda Bagshot played by Hazel Douglas
Gregorovitch played by Snatch's Rade Serbedzija
Gregorovitch played by Snatch's Rade Serbedzija
Rufus Scrimgeour played by Pirates of the Caribbean's Bill Nighy
Rufus Scrimgeour played by Pirates of the Caribbean's Bill Nighy
Xenophilius Lovegood played by Notting Hill's Rhys Ifans
Xenophilius Lovegood played by Notting Hill's Rhys Ifans
Albert Runcorn played by The Departed's David O'Hara
Albert Runcorn played by The Departed's David O'Hara