Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Theatrically, this week may be all about the opening of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' but it's the explosive new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' trailer that precedes it that has the Internet aflame with pre-release excitement. As @kingsleyyy posted on Twitter, "Watched the Deathly Hallows trailer and lost my excitement for Twilight because I was reminded of what epic really means."

The full-length theatrical trailer for both Part 1 (Nov. 19) and Part 2 (July 15, 2010) premiered last night, and the Potter fandom couldn't get enough of it. Forget the sparkling vampires and sexy werewolves, many online fans are saying, and instead watch Harry face off with Voldemort, Hogwarts crumble, and the Trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) run for their lives over and over again. Here are five reasons this trailer sparked enough enthusiasm to last 143 days ('til Nov. 19, of course). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Theatrically, this week may be all about the opening of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' but it's the explosive new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' trailer that precedes it that has the Internet aflame with pre-release excitement. As @kingsleyyy posted on Twitter, "Watched the Deathly Hallows trailer and lost my excitement for Twilight because I was reminded of what epic really means."

The full-length theatrical trailer for both Part 1 (Nov. 19) and Part 2 (July 15, 2010) premiered last night, and the Potter fandom couldn't get enough of it. Forget the sparkling vampires and sexy werewolves, many online fans are saying, and instead watch Harry face off with Voldemort, Hogwarts crumble, and the Trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) run for their lives over and over again. Here are five reasons this trailer sparked enough enthusiasm to last 143 days ('til Nov. 19, of course).



'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows' Trailer


1.
Wizards on the Run: Goodbye Hogwarts-robed students, hello full-blown action heroes. Harry, Ron and Hermione are shown running away from Death Eaters, Snatchers and Voldemort-sympathizers in the Ministry of Magic, the woods, Gringott's, Hogwarts, a muggle diner, you name it. And it's not just Harry who bleeds; a battered-looking Hermione, and especially Ron, are busy waving their wands to defend themselves and protect Harry. "I like that the trailer makes it a trio story, not just Harry versus the world," wrote Emily M. in a message board.

2. Dragons and Goblins and Friends, Oh My: There's so much happening in the trailer, it's hard to decide what stands out most, but the blind Gringott's dragon is near the top. The Gringott's scene also features goblins, and a Hermione-esque Bellatrix, but it's that massive dragon that sticks in your head -- much like the outdoor Battle of Hogwarts shots. But where are the Weasley twins, Neville, Luna, Dean and Lupin? There's no sign (and I studied screen-caps) of many beloved supporting characters, all of whom play important roles in the book. Let's hope they make it into the second theatrical trailer.

3. Lots of Voldemort: We didn't see him at all in 'Half-Blood Prince,' but true to canon, He Who Shall Not Be Named (Ralph Fiennes) was featured heavily (and, as always, creepily) in this trailer. The one scene that left book-lovers gobsmacked -- when Voldemort is grabbing Harry's face. "Obviously it wasn't in the book and probably just one of Harry's many dream sequences, so I'm not sweating it," wrote Dove Harper on LiveJournal. From the looks of it, this is definitely a PG-13 film.

4. Masters of the Craft:
Of acting, that is. The directors and screenwriters have always given Daniel Radcliffe room to prove he can act, but the final films will force all the young actors -- particularly Grint and Watson, but also Tom Felton as baby Death Eater Draco Malfoy -- to sharpen their acting chops. Grint's Ron has to overcome his nearly crippling insecurities, and Watson's Hermione has to nail one of the most emotional (and difficult-to-read) sequences in the story. Tougher still, they have to make audiences believe the two are desperately in love, a fact that isn't as apparent in the movies as the books. "I love the moments with Ron and Hermione and their obvious attachment," wrote napchic on LiveJournal.

5. Epic Success: "The scope and scale feels epic ... worthy of a franchise of this magnitude. So that alone, is thrilling," said napchic. The operatic score. The dazzling special effects. The sweeping shots of a burning Hogwarts, of flying Thestrals and motorbikes, of hundreds of wizards streaming out to battle Voldemort's army -- it's all on a whole other level than the previous films. "It's more like 'The Lord of the Rings' than 'The Sorcerer's Stone,'" wrote one fan. And that's a comparison that should make any movie fan, not just the Potter faithful, extremely excited.


A few favorite moments (some of them shown so quickly, you'll have to rewatch to catch):
• The look on Ron's face as he stares at the horrors the horcrux tortures him with before he destroys it.
Helena Bonham Carter playing Hermione Polyjuiced into Bellatrix at Gringott's.
• Nagini the snake attacking Harry at Bathilda Bagshot's house.
• Sleepless, self-sacrificing Harry marching into the forest to confront Voldemort.
• Harry and Hagrid escaping Privet Drive on Sirius' motorbike.
• Ron and Hermione holding hands as he throws a spell during the Battle of Hogwarts.

What are your favorite moments of the trailer? 'Fess up -- how many times have you seen it since last night?