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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

In the saga's latest installment, Harry & Co. hightail it out of Hogwarts.


  • In Part 1 of Deathly Hallows, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) fights back against Death Eaters who attack the home of Xenophilius Lovegood.

  • still from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

  • still from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

  • still from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

  • still from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

  • still from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

  • International Quidditch Association World Cup

  • Harry Potter's Castle at FAO Schwarz

In Part 1 of Deathly Hallows, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) fights back against Death Eaters who attack the home of Xenophilius Lovegood.

Three years after J. K. Rowling released her weighty conclusion to the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the end of the boy wizard's cultural juggernaut is finally near—though not as near as it could be. David Yates, the director of the two most recent movies, Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, is extending the franchise by breaking up Deathly Hallows into two films: Part 1 will be released November 19 and Part 2 is slated for July 2011.

Yates has developed a new, daring sensibility for the first installment, one that doesn't coincide with the usual Harry Potter mission of appealing to families across the globe. Instead, Yates describes the flick as "very verit" and "a raw, real road-trip movie." Verit—the shaky-camera style that lends itself to capturing such scenes as young couples arguing in apartments—was the best way to illustrate the high-stakes story, he says. In the film, evil wizard Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) gains power, prompting Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) to go on the lam. The trio hits the road in search of Voldemort's Horcruxes, objects in which he has hidden parts of his soul in order to attain immortality. If the young wizards can destroy them, they can defeat their nemesis.

Playing refugees on the run, Radcliffe and his costars plumb new emotional depths—especially when Ron splits from the group. "Rupert, who always plays the funny guy, goes to some serious places this time," says Yates.

Where Part 1 will end has been the subject of much conjecture, but Yates offers a hint: Only one Horcrux will be destroyed. He also promises few changes to the book's story, with the exception of moving Hermione and Ron's kiss from the midst of the Battle of Hogwarts to the storied Chamber of Secrets. "I wanted to make the most of that moment," says Yates, who is ever aware that the Potter faithful are watching. "Jo [Rowling] was cool with it."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 hits theaters on Fri Nov 19.

When Harry met city

Get your brood ready for the penultimate Harry Potter flick at these local events and hot spots.

FREE Gryffindor or Hufflepuff?
A stalwart celebrator of Potter and his gang, Scholastic, HP's U.S. publisher, hosts a party at its flagship store to honor the new movie. Kids will get sorted into Hogwarts houses and compete in Potter trivia games. They're also encouraged to arrive dressed as their favorite character. Sat Nov 13 at 3pm. Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts.

FREE Harry Potter boutique
The bustling Potter emporium on FAO's second floor would fit right in on Diagon Alley. Children can check out robes and scarves from the different Hogwarts houses, test out wands and talk to staffers dressed like Harry and Hermione. FAO Schwarz, 767 Fifth Ave at 58th St.

FREE International Quidditch Association World Cup
Instead of flying on Nimbus 2001s, students playing "Muggle Quidditch" will combine brooms, a volleyball and dodgeballs with their imagination. Sat Nov 13-Sun Nov 14; see internationalquidditch.org for times. DeWitt Clinton Park, Eleventh Ave between 52nd and 54th Sts.—Dan Avery

 


 

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