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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.


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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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37 Points

Really can’t w8 to see.

Posted by Amalieta Tsubaki on August 22, 2010, 08:01 AM report to moderator
4452 Points



Fantastic coverage on Mugglenet. A podcast and 3 detailed reviews. And the Whinge-Fest has already begun despite the fact that everyone who saw the unfinished showing said it was “perfect” and the best film in the series by far. If anyone still thinks that the films have to follow the books exactly then all they are doing is deliberately setting themselves up to be disappointed. Why would anybody choose to do that? Odd.

Posted by rotfang07 on August 22, 2010, 09:21 AM report to moderator
98 Points

@Maxina Potter. Really? That’s my favorite part too!!!!!

Posted by HPlover222 on August 22, 2010, 09:22 AM report to moderator
28 Points

Really excited about the animation!

Posted by thesmu on August 22, 2010, 09:22 AM report to moderator
98 Points

@thetwotours46. Yeah looking forward to the dance to. And as soon as I read,I was on youtube listening to that song!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by HPlover222 on August 22, 2010, 09:29 AM report to moderator
255 Points

Wow! A lot happens in the first film. Isn’t the part where Voldemort takes the wand from Dumbledore like really far into the book? I can’t remember. The second film must just be a ton of action at Hogwarts then. Maybe we’ll see the sad death of some of the characters we didn’t see in the book die like Lupin and Tonks.

Posted by Silvery Doe on August 22, 2010, 09:31 AM report to moderator
39 Points

I was on mugglenet and leaky cauldren all night last night checking for new updates every 5 minutes. I am annoyed that I have to wait until part 2 to see wormtail die, if he dies that is. I am sooooooo excited for part 1 and estatic that nearly every review I have read/heard says that the movie stays loyal to the books, more so than the other films.

Posted by Love.for.the.marauders*ROAR!* on August 22, 2010, 09:43 AM report to moderator
3465 Points

But what about Draco?

Posted by gaminette [GTFO!] on August 22, 2010, 09:50 AM report to moderator
11773 Points

I think they are still keeping a lot of secrets back about part 2. Remember, no one has said anything (as far as I’ve seen) about who is playing Lily, Severus and the others as children. I still want to be surprised (but I can’t stop myself reading news items like this one).

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 22, 2010, 09:58 AM report to moderator
46 Points

They’ve kept alot the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thxxxxx so much team of harry potter im prepared2 watch it jst lke reading it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously CANT WAITTTTTTTT it’s gona be epic!!!! luv they keep the scene where harry n hermione kissed~~they put in2 so much detail!!!!!!!

Posted by Pansysbella on August 22, 2010, 10:07 AM report to moderator
51 Points

I think voldy will kill wormtail for letting potter escape. This will happen probably towards the beginning of part 2. This makes more sense in the films since it wasn’t established in POA that wormtail was in debt to harry. From the reviews on mugglenet, It doesn’t seem that the film shows how regulus and kreacher get the locket. This will leave a gaping hole in the plot since r.a.b. was established at the end of HBP. I also REALLY hope we see Umbridge get a kiss from a dementor. This was left up to your imagination in the book, but I want to see the hag suffer.

Posted by Darkmarkman on August 22, 2010, 10:10 AM report to moderator
62 Points

I can’t wait!!! This sounds like they are doing a pretty faithful rendering of the book. I hope Part II is as good (if not better).

Posted by Reader511 on August 22, 2010, 10:20 AM report to moderator
1642 Points

thank God for the flashbacks. they practically left us with nothing about horcruxes in HBP. Wormtail lives? ha.really?thats dumb.his death has some significance. and what I’ really pissed about-no memorial for Potters!? great. like they don’t mean a thing.

Posted by Matea on August 22, 2010, 10:21 AM report to moderator
52447 Points

It sounds amazing! But why doesn’t Wormtail die? I wanted to see that!!!

Posted by WhyAllTheGlitterâ„¢ on August 22, 2010, 10:29 AM report to moderator
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