First Look at ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1’


The first production photo has been released today of the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1. It doesn’t reveal much except how darn serious this film is going to be.

USA Today has the photo along with a few quotes from the director and cast about the direction of the newest installment of the boy wizard franchise. Director David Yates says the new film will be a slight departure tonally from the previous efforts:

It’s going to feel very real, we’re going for a vérité approach. Being away from Hogwarts, they’re like these three refugees on the run. They’re out in the big bad world, facing real danger, unguarded by those wonderful benign wizards at Hogwarts. They don’t have a home to go to.

A “vérité” approach, eh? Somehow I get the feeling that Deathly Hallows will be quite similar in tone to Half-Blood Prince, but without as much comic relief (due to less Jim Broadbent). Yates continues with a statement that seems a little off-base:

We’re kind of pulling away from the magic a bit and bringing more reality to it.

With the Potter films it’s a bit foolish to strive for realism, which I can’t see working in the Potter-verse. A large part of the joy of the film is based on the fact that it isn’t real, but so relatable. Yates masterfully found that necessary combination in the previous two films. I hope that he doesn’t try something too different with the last films.

Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the film comments about how grown-up he and the other actors have become:

Me and Dan actually have some stubble.

The 7th and 8th installments to the Potter franchise – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and Part 2 will be released in November of 2010 and summer of 2011, respectively.

[Source: USA Today]

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