It may end up being the shortest Harry Potter film, but it sure as hell is going to be the most memorable.
This afternoon, footage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was screened for an uber lucky audience at CinemaCon and though we don't have the video to share (yet…), we do have all the details on what was shown. Read on, Potterheads, if you want to know what you missed out on. If not…
WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ANYONE WHO HASN'T READ OR DOESN'T KNOW HOW THE HARRY POTTER SERIES ENDS.
Let us set the scene:
The audience, in darkness, hears a gentle whisper from Lord Voldemort, saying, "Harry…bring him to me." The video comes up and Harry, Ron and Hermione sit across from a wounded Ollivander, the wand-maker, discussing their plans from there.
The scene changes to footage of the trio fighting the white dragon at Gringotts, and Hermione cries, “We can’t just stand here. Who’s got an idea?”
When Ron insists she is the "brilliant" one, Hermione responds by diving onto the back of the beast and gesturing for her comrades to follow her.
The footage cuts again, this time to show the hills outside Hogwarts, manned by Snape and a group of Death-Eaters. Things then take a turn for the sad, as the footage cuts again, this time to scan the halls of Hogwarts lined with bodies, broken and covered in blood. In the distance, Voldemort’s voice says: “You have allowed your friends to die for you, rather than face me yourself. Join me in The Forbidden Forest and confront your fate.”
And that is exact what Harry does. The scene changes and we see Harry striding through the forest…but he is not alone. Joining him on either side are his mother, father, godfather Sirius Black…
“Why are you here, all of you?” Harry demands.
“We never left,” his mother whispers.
“You’ll stay with me?” Harry asks, with clear and definite fear behind the question
“Always,” his mother says.
“Until the end,” adds his father.
The scene changes again to when Harry meets his end at the hand of Voldemort, which most people have already seen from the trailer. But the scene carries on into Harry's afterlife - a bright, white void, where Dumbledore waits for him and greets him with a simple, “You brave, brave man… ” The scene continues as he explains Harry's willingness to die offers him the chance to return and fight again.
In the next scene, Harry comes to blows with Severus Snape in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. He challenges him in front of the entire school, screaming “How dare you stand where he stood! Tell them how it happened that night. How you looked him in the eye, a man who trusted you, and KILLED him!” Fans of the series know this isn't a scene that actually plays out in the book…but it sounds pretty epic all the same.
In the footage's final moments, shots of the final battle unfold and finally, Harry and Voldemort come face-to-face for the last time. “Let’s finish this the way we started,” Harry taunts Voldemort, before grabbing him as they both tumble over a cliff as Harry's voice echoes: “… together… “
Cut to black.
Do U have chills? We have chills! This sounds sooooo suspenseful and emotional. To call back to what Harry said, this series is bound to finish just the way it started - with heart, nerve and just a touch of magic!
We're so so excited! How about U?