Ever since the latest 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (Nov. 19) teaser trailer premiered at the MTV Movie Awards, the blogosphere has been abuzz with die-hard Potterheads and casual movie fans alike scrutinizing and reacting to the new footage. After watching and re-watching the teaser, poring over screen-caps and reading (and, I admit, engaging in) dozens and dozens of conversations, I think it's clear that Rowling's faithful are squeeing with nervous excitement at how the final two installments will depict Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson) and the rest of their beloved characters.
Ever since the latest 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (Nov. 19) teaser trailer premiered at the MTV Movie Awards, the blogosphere has been abuzz with die-hard Potterheads and casual movie fans alike scrutinizing and reacting to the new footage. After watching and re-watching the teaser, poring over screen-caps and reading (and, I admit, engaging in) dozens and dozens of conversations, I think it's clear that Rowling's faithful are squeeing with nervous excitement at how the final two installments will depict Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson) and the rest of their beloved characters.

One thing is overwhelmingly obvious for those who've never read the books -- the days of Gryffindor robes and Hogwarts Quidditch matches are gone. As director David Yates promised, 'Deathly Hallows' (it's still unclear where Part I ends and Part II, which is scheduled for release in July 2011, begins) looks darker and more intense than any of the other films. What remains a mystery is just how faithful the two films are to the text. Here are seven reasons the preview has left the Potterverse literally counting down the minutes until the Nov. 19 release. (Warning: Spoilers ahead, but only for those who haven't read 'The Deathly Hallows').



1. Intense in Tents: Much of Part I will follow Harry, Ron and Hermione on the run searching for horcruxes, evading capture from Voldemort's henchmen and living in a tent that is nowhere nearly as warm and welcoming as the Burrow. The heated row between Harry and Ron is the culmination of weeks and weeks of tension, and those few seconds of fighting have been universally well-reviewed: "The tent scene looks really perfect. I love how Ron's holding the Deluminator and has the locket around his neck in the same shot!" wrote one fan.

2. The Ron Factor: One of the most important character arcs in 'Deathly Hallows' belongs to Ron Weasley. And while Ron's film persona has been mostly relegated to comic-relief sidekick for six films, this movie shows Ron's emotional side. Grint has to shed the buffoonery and act angry, moody and tortured (as evidenced in the tent fight), but also selfless, loving and heroic. "I just need to see Ron having his chance to be heroic and wonderful," wrote one Ron fan in a message board.

3. The Final Countdown: Blink and you'll miss it, but there's a shot of a glowing dome over Hogwarts, and that's the shield charm cast to protect the castle during the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry and his allies rally at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to face Voldemort and his Death Eaters one last time.

4. More Snogging: Harry and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) share a frenzied kiss at Hogwarts (mid-Battle of Hogwarts, possibly, considering how frantic the students behind them look). Pretty certain that wasn't in the books, but it already looks better than their bland smooch in 'Half Blood Prince.' As one fan wrote: "I want the Harry/Ginny relationship to actually show some passion."

5. No Big Kiss: Harry and Ginny can kiss all they want in a trailer and not incur the wrath of the Potter fandom, but the majority of fans absolutely DO NOT want to see the kiss to end all kisses between Ron and Hermione. Book fans had to wait 10 years for the best friends to muster up the courage to pucker up on the page, and apparently they don't mind waiting until Part II hits theaters in 2011 to see the much-anticipated snog on the big screen.

6..The Gringott's Dragon: A dragon is loose, and if you've read the books you know why; if you don't know why, it doesn't matter, because all you need to know is that the scene should be a show-stopper. According to my go-to special-effects-geek, the Gringott's dragon escape should look even better in 3D.

7. "The Boy Who Lived, Come to Die": Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) creepy voice-over sets the tone for the epic showdown between He Who Shall Not Be Named and his hateful minions and our favorite Boy Wizard and his friends.

Now that the teaser has been micro-analyzed, it's time to speculate about the full theatrical trailer. My bet was initially on a 'Deathly Hallows' trailer debuting on prints of 'Eclipse,' since last summer the 'New Moon' trailer preceded 'Half-Blood Prince.' But that's only a few weeks away, and Warner Bros. may want to spread out the buzz. We'll find out soon enough.

What scenes are you dying to see come alive? With two installments, there's actually hope most of the book's best-loved sequences (and lines!) will be depicted.