In less than 48 hours, a whole lot of Americans will have already seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and in doing so partaken in their last new Potter film. Since the end of this decade-spanning eight film series is finally coming to a much-anticipated end, it is absolutely imperative that we cram in every possible nugget of perspective-inducing Harry Potter information to properly convey the enormity of this occasion. It's not another batch of pictures or even yet more posters of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and/or Ralph Fiennes wielding wants. No, this is a handy inforgaphic which conveniently and eye-pleasingly presents a plethora of numerical stats related to the entirety of the Potter franchise.
In just a few days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will close out the decade-spanning film franchise while most assuredly raking in enough money for Warner Bros to fill a pool with gold coins, Scrooge McDuck-style. To prime themselves for the impending finale of the series, Potter fans the world over are watching all the previous installments of the series, starting with 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and working up to Deathly Hallows: Part 1. If you want to put the final adventure of the Boy Who Lived into the proper context but don't have a cumulative 1,048 minutes to spare, the WB has courteously provided a new video featurette that serves as a nostalgia-inducing retrospective running through the cinematic adaptations of JK Rowling's novels. It clocks in at a handy five minutes and change, so there's no excuse not watch. Unless, of course, you're waist-deep in revisiting the films themselves.
As long as there's been an internet rumor factory, unsubstantiated stories about whichever James Bond film is on the way have come down the figurative conveyor belt with regularity. The delay in getting underway on the as-yet untitled Bond 23 – due to the insolvency of MGM – has not caused rumors to abate one bit, but some of the rumors turn out to be true. A month ago, Naomie Harris was reported to have met with director Sam Mendes for an unspecified role in the next Bond adventure, and according to The Daily Mail today, Harris is now in negotiations to play Miss Moneypenny, a sassy lass not seen since 2002's Die Another Day.
If you have an acute case of Potter-fever, then the only real cure is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but the big event's release is just about a week away. Besides, the conclusion of the franchise based on JK Rowling's novels has serious side effects, like uncontrollable weeping and post-series depression. To treat your potentially-fatal fever until July 15th, your doctor is going to prescribe these six new clips from Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Beware, though, if you're allergic to spoilers, even if you've read the books you'll be seeing footage from all over the film, including pivotal scenes and a good joke or two.
With every new batch of posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 emphatically declaring little more than, "It All Ends," the more we as an audience become convinced, in our desperate state, that it does not all, in fact, end. In our need to believe we'll continue seeing the cinematic adventures of JK Rowling's boy wizard, the prolific output of character posters seems to spring from a never-ending source, an infinite well of muggle-baiting movies that will star Daniel Radcliffe well into senility. Anyways, with just nine days until the franchise finale hits theaters, Warner Bros has unveiled four more posters, counter-intuitively promising that the series will never, ever, ever end.
In ten measly days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will arrive in theaters to much fanfare, bringing with it the conclusion of an eight-film franchise that has provided reliable entertainment for a decade. To whittle away the time during those ten rotations of Earth until the last adaptation of a JK Rowling novel plays out before your eyes, you can watch the previous installments, of course, or you can partake in new clips from the finale. Speaking of new clips from Part 2, here's one right now. In the quick excerpt, Daniel Radcliffe's Harry frantically runs through Hogwarts while Evanna Lynch shows Luna Lovegood's stern side, hollering some sense into the Boy Who Lived.
The sixth adaptation of JK Rowling's wizarding novels, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince introduced the notion of Voldemort's soul-dividing Horcruxes, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was all about Harry, Ron, and Hermione hunting down Horcruxes. Nonetheless, a new video featurette for the franchise finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 acts as a primer on Horcruxes, laying out the concept and history before moving on to new footage of Gringotts and Battle of Hogwarts. It also includes interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, David Yates, David Barron, and David Heyman.
A new behind the scenes featurette for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is called simply "The Story." Based on a familiarity with JK Rowling's novel, as well as the talking head interview snippets of director David Yates, producers David Heyman and David Barron, and stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, the film's story consists almost exclusively of wizarding action at the Battle of Hogwarts. Also featured is a good chunk of new footage, mostly of said battle at the Zulu-style buildup with Death Eaters laying siege to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
How often does an epic fantasy film series spanning eight well-made films with the same core cast come to a fittingly climactic end in what looks like an action-packed, cathartic finale? Only this one time, as far as we know. In just three weeks, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 puts a cap on the almost decade-long franchise adapting JK Rowling's novels, and three new TV spots continue Warner Bros' faultless promotional campaign. These provide not only huge action, but some good voiceover from Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon, as well as our first look at Kelly Macdonald as the Grey Lady.
Yesterday, Warner Bros dropped the final theatrical trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, meaning that they also dropped the last trailer for a new Harry Potter film for the foreseeable future. The running times of Harry Potter films have been a point of contention between fans who want a more accurate representation of JK Rowling's novels and muggle movie-goers who want to get out of the theater in less than three hours. Bad news for anyone hoping to draw out their Potter experience and good news for anyone heartless enough to want to get it over with: the final film will be the shortest of them all.