The first poster has been released for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," and gone are the rugged niceties of "Part 1's" character posters. No, this new poster breaks it down to the basics, and brings the series back to where it all began. Because in the end, despite all the twists and turns J.K. Rowling's saga has taken over the years, the series is going to end one way and one way alone: with Harry Potter facing off against Voldemort.
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Obviously, the most badass part of this poster is the way Harry and Voldemort are staring with such intensity into each others' eyes. Once you get over how up-close and personal the two central characters of this story are, there are a couple important elements that shouldn't be missed in the image.
The Elder Wand
First and foremost, it should be noted that Harry and Voldy are both clutching the Elder Wand, the wand that spoiler! Voldemort stole from Dumbledore's grave at the end of "Part 1." As should be expected by the fact that it's one of the three Hallows, the wand plays a pivotal role in the struggle between the Boy Who Lived and He Who Must Not Be Named in "Part 2," and we're glad to see it highlighted here.
Fire And Blood
This is not your little sister's "Potter" movie, and Warner Bros. is going out of their way to market "Part 2" as the darkest and most dangerous of all the films in the series. Note the blood running down Harry's face, and the way the bottom of the poster seems to be exploding blood and fire and the rubble of what we can assume is Hogwarts all over the place. Compare that to the first "Sorcerer's Stone" poster, and you can tell how this franchise has matured.
It All Ends
The teaser poster for "Deathly Hallows" that showed Hogwarts burning embraced the fact that the "Harry Potter" series was soon coming to an end, but this "Part 2" one sheet is completely confronting the fact that the end is in sight. The battle between good and evil, between Harry and Voldemort, between the Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters: it's all coming to an end on July 15. And, we hate to be the debbie downers of today, but that's less than four months away.
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