Deathly Hallows Part 2 was screened today in downtown Chicago for around 400 fans. Producers David Heyman and David Barron were also in attendance. Several detailed reports have been posted. The running time of the movie, without end credits, was just about 2 hours. To see a review that is free of spoilers, click here.
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What is the opening sequence? Last scene of Part 1, with Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand. Next we see WB sign. Then we see Snape looking out the Hogwarts tower. Then the title. After we see Harry outside of Dobby’s grave.
How is Fred’s death handled? It’s so sad! First we see him get disarmed by a death eater. Later we see the Weasley’s crying over his body. Ron sobs over him. I couldn’t stop crying.
Snape's Death: It’s pretty gruesome. You see Voldemort slit his throat with magic. Then from the other side of the window you hear Nagini attacking him and see blood splattering. I didn’t see a buring Hogwarts because it was all still green screen.
Ron and Hermione's kiss: We follow Ron and Hermione into the Chamber of Secrets as they use the basilisk fang to destroy the Hufflepuff cup, after which they finally kiss. The theater cheered quite loudly. They looked around and then sort of mauled one another.
The Prince's Tale: We see Petunia calling Lily a freak. Lily and Severus hanging out by the lake. When they start at Hogwarts. James knocking their books down. Her marrying James. Finding out about the prophecy. Telling Dumbledore he made a mistake. Him finding Lily dead in Godric’s Hollow. Holding her and crying. Then Harry starts at Hogwarts (clips from the first movie), Snape talking to Dumbledore about Harry being just like his father. Snape trying to heal Dumbledore’s hand, telling him he has a year to live. Dumbledore asks Snape to kill him and to make sure Potter knows at the right time that he is a horcrux. Snape sends out a doe patronus and agrees to Dumbledore’s terms. Alan Rickman gives his best performance yet in the series, and possibly the best in the film.
What is the last scene before the epilogue? The trio standing on the broken bridge between Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Harry breaks the Elder Wand and throws it off the bridge.
The Leaky Cauldron