The official trailer for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows has appeared online, reminding us that 10 years ago, some unknown British kid named Daniel Radcliffe beat out America's Haley Joel Osment to play boy wizard Harry Potter in a Chris Columbus-directed adaptation because, according to industry rumor, Spielberg blew his chances by wanting to animate Sorcerer’s Stone and put his Steven Spielberg stamp all over J.K. Rowling’s creative property. It’s been 13 years since Sorcerer’s Stone hit bookshelves in England, and the boy wizard, the boy that plays him in the movies, and the readers who were kids when it all began have grown up. Two weeks ago, filming of Deathly Hallows was completed, and J.K. Rowling will likely never write another Harry Potter book, so you’ll forgive this Newswire sounding a bit like an obituary: This trailer spells the end for Potter—unless you can afford regular visits to the Wizarding World in Orlando, Florida.
Wasting no energy to conceal the big emotional moments of the final act of the series, the trailer lets fly with the money shots—what some might call spoilers—revealing more from the second part of Deathly Hallows (opening July 2011) than the first part one arriving November 19. There’s a lot of Ralph Fiennes, a lot of Radcliffe putting on his “Constipated Harry” face, and a little bit of Scooby and Velma—or rather Ron and Hermione—looking worried and second-in-command as usual. There’s also a musical score—a swelling, triumphant, epic musical score from Alexandre Desplat. If you want to see it on a big screen this weekend, you’ll have to endure The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Otherwise, check it out below.