Empire has broke word that Warner Brothers just released new hi-res production stills for the highly anticipated first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Being a Harry Potter nerd, I can tell all these stills are from the first of the two films. The first image shows Harry being interrogated by his old Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Remus Lupin. With Voldemort's minions on the prowl and possessing the ability to change appearances, security questions are set in place to ensure everyone is who they say they are.
The second image shows newcomer to the parade Bill Nighy showcasing his role as the Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. I personally love Nighy as an actor, but I don't think he really fits the role. The way Scrimgeour is described in the book always gave me a grizzled werewolf appearance, while Nighy seems too refined to fit that bill. But don't think for a second I am reserving my judgment on his execution of the role by how he looks; that will come in my elaborate review.
In the still, Scrimgeour is meeting with Harry, Ron, and Hermione to discuss the contents of Albus Dumbledore's will. The former Headmaster left a treasure for each of them with the intention of helping them in their uphill battle against Voldemort. This epic meeting is set early in the book, so obviously taking place in the first film. I call this meeting epic because Harry rips Scrimgeour a new one by letting the Minister of Magic know his feelings on how the Ministry is mishandling the whole Voldemort situation.
The third still shows Harry returning to 12 Grimmauld Place, the old headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix. Because Snape betrayed the good guys, the location is not used anymore because the Slytherin traitor could possibly teach the Death Eaters the secrets of entering the old House of Black. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to go on the run, they decide toseek refuge at the enchanted hiding place. Upon arriving at the old house, the trio discovers the Order of the Phoenix put protective enchantments to prevent Snape from revealing the former headquarters location. With that considered, the three spend time residing in the house early in their journey.
So there you have it, three new stills and a little diagnosis from a Potter purist. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will hit theaters November 19th, 2010 with Part 2 gracing our senses July 15th, 2011.
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