[I’m not kidding about the birthday party thing. 🙂 Though my birthday is in June, it’s close enough to ask people to join me at a midnight movie a month later. Right? RIGHT!*]
Yesterday, the first full trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released. Personally, I found it on Movieline.com (actually via my friend Sarah; go Sarah!). And I couldn’t have summed it up better myself…
(while I could have embedded, it is so much better and bigger on the official website)
I am SO excited for this.
I mean, really: The dragon!? Mrs. Weasley vs. Bellatrix?! And who else is now VERY excited for McGonagall’s army of armor kicking some serious ass?!!!
Each moment of this trailer makes me so happy. And I know that some things will be changed from the book, as they have been each time, but I have faith in director David Yates. He came on as director for Order of the Phoenix, the fifth movie of the series and my absolute favorite, and has been at the helm ever since. Each has been beautiful, but I was slightly less impressed with 6 and 7 Part 1 (thought just slightly). Phoenix has remained my favorite for it’s emotional journey within the single film and how beautifully it is crafted, shot, acted, everything.
I think Yates is about to do it again. I will definitely give credit for the fact that 6 and 7 Part 1 are more difficult source material, as they are both in large part set-up for what comes next and therefore somewhat less able to stand alone. But that is also why I believe this final movie, the climax of the series, will be a return to everything I loved about Order of the Phoenix. This is going to pack such an emotional punch, something Yates and Daniel Radcliffe do SO well. Not to mention, it’s going to be fun as hell. Every interview has been pointing out that this is pretty much a non-stop action movie and, while it may change a few things in its adaptation from the text, I know that it will be an exciting and oh-so-very-satisfying conclusion to our journey.
This is going to be just what I want it to be. I can already tell. How, you ask?
One line. One fabulously active and awesome line (that’s not even in the book).
“Let’s finish this the way we started…together!”
…which Harry says before throwing his arms around Voldemort’s neck and launching them off the top of Hogwarts.
Yes, Harry. Let’s do just that. I’ll be right there with you.
* Yes, I have done this once before in college when one of the films came out within two days of my birthday. And I carried a dorky plastic party-favor wand with a button that made it light up. And I loved it. I suppose it should come as no surprise that I was one of the people who waited in line at midnight for the release of the seventh book. Judge if you want, but it was a BLAST. We played games, wore glow-in-the-dark Potter glasses and fake tattoos, read the last chapter of the sixth book while waiting, and I even won the lottery to be first in line at midnight!!! It was such a fun night with my roommate, who was geeking out just as much as I was. I don’t really do this with anything else, and it’s actually pretty fun letting go like that. Getting a bit unabashedly obsessed. We stayed up til at least 4 am that night reading, excitedly discussing big surprises as we reached them. I miss getting to make an event like that and, while it is definitely sad that this is the last time a Harry Potter installment will be released mid-summer, I am not going to miss my chance to see it out with a bang.