Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two: Five Things You Need to Know (WARNING: Spoiler Video Clips)
The five things you need to know before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premieres this Friday
By Marisa LaScala
Photographs courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
I dragged it out for as along as I could, but after seven books, movie marathons, and Harry Potter-inspired 3D glasses, the Harry Potter series finally comes to a close this Friday with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. Here’s what you need to know:
I can has 3D? Twelve months ago, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a 3D flick. This year, theaters seem more receptive to our complaints (thank goodness) regarding the inflated ticket prices. The Harry Potter films have had an inconsistent relationship with the 3D phenomenon; most were filmed in two dimensions, with the later flicks undergoing post-production work. Truth be told, HP doesn’t need it. (Save your dollars for the boneheaded Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which was filmed with 3D cameras.) Keep an eye out for theaters that alternate between 2D and 3D screenings — they sometimes forget (or refuse) to remove the filter off the projector, making for a dim or blurry picture.
IMAX to the max It’s really exciting to see a film in IMAX, no matter what the movie is or how it was filmed. The caveat: It has to be a big screen. I go over this every summer: IMAX recently decided that the word “IMAX” refers to the “superior sound and projection,” not the size of the screen... so not all IMAX theaters have that soaring panorama we imagine. The biggest (legit) screen near us is the Palisades Center in Nyack. As for the rest, even if they advertise as IMAX, they just aren’t as big as we’re used to.
Spoilers Can’t wait ’til Friday? Cinema Blend shows eight clips from the new movie. It’s only about six minutes worth, so even by spoiler standards it’s not very much. Oh, what the heck, I’ll post one. Here’s a clip featuring trash-talking from one of my favorite characters, Neville Longbottom:
(Speaking of awesome, I just heard that there’s a trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. I’m almost as excited about that as I am about seeing the Potter movie.)
More stuff Click on these links from The Guardian and Entertainment Weekly for some great oral histories of the series. EW’s isn't online, but it does have extensive Harry Potter coverage on its Web site, including pics of the stars and how they’ve grown over the course of the films. (They’re pretty much zygotes in the first few.)
Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.