The countdown has begun, wizard-heads. This morning, the trailer was released for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. And come July, a ten-year British cinematic phenomenon will draw to a dramatic climax. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up ten things we know for sure about the final movie.
Spoiler police: We can’t exactly spoil a novel that has already been published, but if you really don’t want to know anything about ...Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we’d advise you click away now. And maybe avoid the internet until August.
1. It's faithful to the book
Rumours had been going round, thanks to a teasing interview with actress Helen McRory (Narcissa Malfoy) that different endings had been filmed. But Tom Felton (Draco) set this straight talking to MTV: “Different endings is definitely an exaggeration. One of the beauties is that we stuck originally to the book and filmed everything. There will definitely be alterations. Not necessarily alternate endings. I’m sorry to inform you that Draco doesn’t win and get the girl! It just doesn’t happen for him I’m afraid.”
2. It really is the end
JK Rowling made some off-the-cuff remarks about how she might yet write another Potter book, striking the fear of God into Daniel Radcliffe. “I was worried! I texted her, I said, ‘Look is this true? Are you writing another book?! She wrote back that she was so pleased with my performance in Harry Potter 7: Part 1 that, as a reward, she promised never to write another book about Harry.”
3. This will be the shortest film of them all
Perhaps refreshingly in an age of overlong blockbusters, or inevitably since they’ve split a book in half, ...Hallows Part 2 will be the shortest of the lot. Director David Barron said at CinemaCon that “it won’t be a short film, it will just be shorter than the others.”
4. Some old friends will be returning
A bunch of characters who didn’t appear in Part 1 will appear in the final film: Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn, Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall and Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney.
5. It's the most immersive Harry Potter ever
...Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be the first (and indeed the last) Potter movie to be screened in 3D. But it will also be selectively available with D-BOX motion code, those weird chairs you sit in where it throws you around with the action. I saw Terminator Salvation in one in LA and it makes you feel a bit sick to be honest.
6. London will get to see it first
The premiere has been confirmed for to take place in Leicester Square on July 7, with fans able to watch from special arenas in Trafalgar Square. And not that we care what he thinks, but this is what Mayor Boris Johnson had to say: “For the last decade we’ve been gripped by the on-screen battle between Harry Potter and his arch enemy Lord Voldemort and this is one of the most eagerly awaited films in history. As befits a great British triumph, I can think of no better venue than the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square to stage the most spectacular of send-offs for this dramatic finale.”
7. The end is not quite the end
Where the movie does deviate from the book is an epilogue sequence set 19 years later, which looks back at how things have turned out for our heroes. Co-producer David Heyman said in an interview with MTV News: “It’s about Harry, Ron and Hermione taking their children to King’s Cross station, to the very place where the story began, to begin the journey that they began many years ago. It’s beautiful and really tender.”
8. But we won't be seeing new actors
Director David Yates says of the epilogue: “I didn’t want older actors. If you spent seven movies with these kids, you know these kids, and you want to end with them. We came up with a very simple solution – simple make-up, which may be enhanced slightly with special effects – that’s really charming.”
9. It doesn't pull its punches when it comes to war
David Barron explains how the films have never been as jolly-hockey-sticks as they’re made out to be. Barron explained: “We’re expressing it through our three principle characters, who obviously have had a terrible time in many respects. Because they have been fighting Voldemort for longer than we can remember, and came close to death, you’ll see the state of the school at the end. It was not an easy battle. As countries, as nations, as cultures do, they recover and they renew and life carries on. It’s about renewal.”
10. You'll get to see it on July 15
And so with all that in mind, are you looking forward to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2? What are you expecting from it? And will it be wizard, or deathly? Cast your opinion spells below…