The end is almost here for Harry Potter and his friends. The J.K. Rowling-penned novel series about a young boy who ultimately becomes a powerful wizard concluded with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," published in 2007. Three years later, that same final chapter is about to play out once again — this time, on the big screen.
Now, fans are getting their first look as to what lies ahead in the final "Harry Potter" adventure, with the first full-length trailer for "Deathly Hallows" debuting online early Monday evening (June 28). Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry, Ron and Hermione in "Deathly Hallows," which has been divided into two films. Despite the decision to split the story in two, the feature-length trailer combines elements from both films for one epic masterpiece highlighting the final showdown between the Boy Who Lived and He Who Must Not Be Named.
The trailer begins ominously enough as an offscreen voice informs Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) that "there's no sign of him, my lord." The "him" in question quickly makes himself known, as Harry Potter (Radcliffe) emerges in a dark forest clearing, wand at the ready, eyes locked with the serpentine Voldemort's.
"Harry Potter," Voldemort hisses softly. "The Boy Who Lived ... come to die!"
Immediately thereafter, we're treated to a series of montage sequences offering glimpses at John Hurt's return to the role of wand-maker Ollivander, our hero's trek through the treacherous halls of Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Harry and Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) fleeing from Death Eaters on Sirius Black's (Garry Oldman) old flying motorcycle, a great conflict at the battle-ravaged Hogwarts castle and much more.
With barely a minute remaining in the trailer, we're returned to the conflict between Harry and Voldemort. The evil one clutches our hero's face with one hand, quietly asking: "Why do you live?" Harry proudly retorts: "Because I have something worth living for." Moments later, as the two rivals lock their wands in spellbinding battle, Voldemort offers the final words of the trailer: "Only I can live forever!"
The trailer describes "Deathly Hallows" as "the finale of the worldwide phenomenon, the motion picture event of a generation." Based on the footage seen here, those words are hardly an understatement. The first part of "Deathly Hallows" arrives in theaters this November, with the final installment in the "Harry Potter" series unfolding in July 2011.