In just over a month, it all ends — and in some ways, that ending has already begun.
The first full clip from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" aired during the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend, and in case you missed it, you can check it out right here. It's a powerful scene ripped straight out of the climax of not just "Deathly Hallows," but of the entire "Potter" series; indeed, in many respects, this encounter between Harry and Voldemort represents the entire message of J.K. Rowling's epic tale of witchcraft and wizardry.
Frankly, we were kind of surprised to see this "Potter" clip in full, given the fact that it's such a monumental moment and very, very spoilery, especially taken out of context. To get a better read on how the HP fan community is reacting to the full scene, we reached out to some "Potter" experts for their take on the clip.
"What WB has been promoting a lot is that 'it ends here,'" explained Andrew Sims of Muggle Net. "And I think that this is that moment they're talking about. It does end here."
Well, it does, in a manner of speaking. But without spoiling too much for those who haven't read the books, there's still a good chunk of screen time to follow this fateful meeting between the Boy Who Lived and You Know Who. Still, what happens in this sequence is… crucial, to put it mildly.
"It was very shocking," said Julia Hodges of DanRadcliffe.com and RupertGrint.net. "I can't believe Warner Bros. would release such a huge moment, just because that's the climax of the novel and all of the movies. This is the moment."
Even though this is our first full look at the scene, it's not our first glimpse. The battle between Harry and Voldemort has been at the forefront of the "Deathly Hallows Part 2" marketing campaign for some time now, and Rosi Halse of The Leaky Cauldron has been eagerly tracking its progression.
"It's definitely been exciting to see first a little bit of the Harry and Voldemort scene, then a little bit more, and then [at the Movie Awards] we saw so much, which was really exciting," said Rosi. "Even just the inclusion of Hagrid there, it made such a difference."
"Epic is one of those words that you can overuse," she continued. "But in this case, it really was epic."
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