'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' poster appropriately gritty


The Harry Potter marketing machine continues to do it right: The new poster for the final installment of the franchise features a stare down between bruised and battered Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). I love it: Not only because the blood on Harry’s face reminds you that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 is a war film, but because you can’t help but think of what this image would’ve looked like had it been Harry circa Sorcerer’s Stone and appreciate the man he’s become. (Note how the light catches Harry’s stubble… when you’re not mesmerized by Voldemort’s fingernail.) I also love that they went with this strong image, with the wand at the center and the line “IT ALL ENDS 7.15″ and didn’t care that it left no room for the title of the movie. Eight films in, we know it.

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  • Jill K


    • LOL

      Did any of you idiots soil your pants yet?

      • SXiPPY

        Yes, and I’m doing it again right now as I type.

      • Crimson Kisses

        Yep, but who cares? It’s the final HP!! Such a bittersweet movie.

      • True Chizz, this news is Jank!!!!!

        I would like people’s opinion on when the movies became good. I saw the first two movies, and while the acting was good for their age, I felt the movie lacked the power of the books. Did it ever get better? I figure as the kids got older it must have, so maybe around Order of the Phoenix?

      • Potter Fan

        to True Chizz, this news is Jank!!!!! – for me, the Potter movies became exciting with the 4th film, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire…thats when it became clear that these kids were dealing with life and death issues….

      • Johnification

        They started getting good in number 3, continued in 4, and then the Yates films (5, 6, 7) NAILED the tone.

      • Anna

        I would say Goblet of Fire too. I hated it when I first saw it because of the changes from the book, but I grew to love it as its own. Some people will say Prisoner of Azkaban, but Alfonso Cuarón made his own movie and I am more interested in JK rowlings vision, which the last 4 movies managed to capture better.

      • Lisa Simpson

        #3, True Chizz. Cuaron brought the magic and made the three young stars into actors.

      • liz

        Jeez, why does Voldemort have to be so ugly? I mean, I know he’s evil and all, but damn, the devil doesn’t always come at you w/ horns and a tail (that’s pretty much all that’s missing here).

    • BFD

      Don’t worry Harry, he’s got no nose, he’ll never smell you coming.

    • Sammie

      @Jill ditto can’t wait.

    • Stacy

      so is this the one he dies in?

      • Elle

        Spoilers yes yes he does.

      • alex

        Yes and no.

  • Mark

    Way cool! Kinda gives you goosebumps. Cannot wait for this movie.

    • Dave

      I agree! Great image, it’s perfect.

    • Strepsi

      Poor Harry, I thought it was a PRO-ACTIV ad.

  • Sarah


  • chocolateislove

    This is amazing. I can’t wait but at the same time I don’t want it to end.

    • Kim E

      I totally feel the same way!

    • tori

      Agreed. HP ending is absolutely the definition of bittersweet.

    • Anna

      I totally agree. I am so excited but this is so sad.

  • Rolo Tomasi

    Will this just please end already

    • John Berggren

      I too hate it when studios make and market films that I have no interest in. Just because I can choose to ignore them and have hundreds of other films to choose from doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be able to troll about the internet about how I hate what other people love. Of course I do this because it’s important to let other people know they are stupid – and not because I have nothing better to do with my life.

      • meliot

        @John Berggren – correct sir. You have every right to troll the internet and comment negatively on anything you choose, as I have the right to comment on how big an A**HOLE you are!

      • John Berggren

        @meliot – I’m unsure whether you missed my sarcasm or that perhaps you agree with Rolo.

      • Liz Lemon

        @John Berggren: I don’t think she/he/it is smart enough to pick up on the sarcasm. lol.

      • Agreed

        @meliot- You definitely missed the sarcasm. Rolo’s the troll.

      • Rolo Tomasi

        Awww, the troll comeback, the lazy man’s comeback because someone has a different opinion. You guys are worse than the Twi-tards.

      • Amber

        Showing up just to complain about something makes you a troll. It’s not lazy, it’s just difficult to ignore that you are the very definition of the term. Calling a stop sign an octagon isn’t a lazy comeback: it’s stating a fact.

      • Alyssa

        Rolo…I wouldn’t run into Snape If I were you, you doesn’t do well with sarcasm or Trolls intruding. 6.1 Billion – YEAH must really suck and is totally like that Twilight, which barely scratched the surface of pop-culture. Twilight is fad, Harry Potter is a Classic. It may be ending but it will live on.

    • mm

      its the last movie, calm down

      • Rich

        No. There are a lot of sites where you can read, for free, books that are in the public dmoain, but you won’t find any Harry Potter books there. J K Rowling holds the copyright and is still making money on them!Why don’t you go to your local library; if it isn’t there, you can order it for free. Failing that, many of the big bookshops are selling the older Harry Potter books at reduced rates now that the excitement has worn off and everyone has their copy!Good luck, and I hope you find it.References :

    • Sarah

      Wow really? Honestly if you don’t like Harry Potter and want it to end, don’t go around checking websites that have news about it for people who actually enjoy it. Don’t spread hate where you WILL get slammed for it.

    • Kevin

      Rolo Tomasi… I like the name. L.A. Confidential is a really underappreciated movie from the 90s.

    • Roza

      this is a good comparison:movies = hsrehey kissbooks = gourmet, rich, delicious dutch chocolate the best in the world.the books are a million times better than the movies. they’re AMAZING lol!!!! you should definately read them, but you probably won’t understand much of it unless you start from the beginning. i know, it seems like a lot, but i honestly go through a book a day, cause they’re so good.

  • nana

    This. Is. Amazing. Wow. Cannot wait.

    • Sergiio

      no no it’s no use reading the last book after ieseng the five moviesyou dont know how much the movie lacks the real plotlineand the twists in the scripts are unimaginablea true harry potter fan would hate the moviesand i assure you you will enjoy reading all the booksbecause we all have

      • Sony

        i’ve read harry potter and the dehtaly hallows 5 time and i can never get bored of it. i love daniel emma rupert evanna bonnie and katie they are all the best ever!! its so sad that j.k isn’t writing any more books!! i’m going to miss harry potter so much i love him

  • crispy

    I’ve always thought the movies’ vision of Voldemort is laughably bad… this poster just reinforces that.

    • @crispy

      Ralph Fiennes is awesome. No idea what you’re talking about.
      And he looks exactly like how he’s described in the book with the exception of the red eyes.

      • crispy

        Meh. He’s just not scary looking, it just looks like a cheap costume. I do like Ralph Fiennes a lot though.

      • Crucio you muggles

        I agree with Crispy. Voldermort just doesn’t have that pure evil persona in the movies that he does in the books. i find that common with all the death eaters. helena makes bellatrix look campy and drugged up on something. not at all like bella from the books

      • Liz Lemon

        I think they’re scary in the movies too, but they’re scarier in the books because you can’t see them. JK Rowling leaves room for you to use your imagination and therefore make the situation/person fit your idea of terror. I have never thought Alan Rickman was nasty enough as Snape in the movies. He’s malicious in the books. In the films, he just seems agitated, but not a real threat. I like the way Ralph Fiennes portrays Voldemort, but I think in the books, Voldemort isn’t as “hyper.” He’s more calm and calculating. The same goes for Bellatrix to a certain degree. Helena plays her like she’s naughty child that likes to play with her food before she eats it. Bellatrix is the same in the books, but she doesn’t seem as “unhinged.” All the actors are amazing though. Can’t please everyone.

      • Angela B

        @Liz Lemon I thought Helena played Bellatrix brilliantly. I think if they showed her a little more in the movies it could have been appreciated a bit more. I find Voldermort creepy enough, so it’s good enough for me.

    • Mindy

      Yeah, none of the Death Eaters are as intense as they are in the books. From Voldemort to Bellatrix to Pettigrew. They are all slightly cartoonish. However, Ralph Fiennes is doing a great job with what he is given.

      • HoldMeCloserTonyDanza

        I’ve always found myself thinking whenever Bellatrix was on screen in HP5, “What a crazy B****!!!” Then she got progressively less evil as time went by and just became laughable. I think the thing that makes Voldemort so much less intense in the movies is that a lot of the tension comes from the narration of the book and it’s being interpretted properly.

      • Erul

        I personally liked The Last Dragon Chronicles ( The Fire Within, Icefire, Firestar, the Fire Eternal and Dark Fire) by Chris D\’Lacey;The Warrior Heir, Wizard heir and Dragon heir by Cinda Williams Chima;The Warriors seiers by Erin Hunter was fantastic;If you want another vampire read, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead was a good book. Though it was a bit adult.Hope this helps!

  • Kelsey

    Awesome. I didn’t even notice that the title’s not on it, but I think it’s more effective that way. Awesome composition. The posters for the DH films — burning Hogwarts, the trio in the woods and now this — have all been fantastic.

  • MJ

    I didn’t even realize the title of the movie is not on the poster. I guess after a whole decade of Harry Potter we don’t need the title anymore to recognize him.

  • Buddymoore

    I absolutely can not wait for this.

    Also, EW, you have to get rid of this Samsung Galaxy popup everytime I load the site. It’s driving me crazy.

    • L

      Get Firefox, then download AdBlock Plus plug in. Works great.

  • Morgan

    Great poster. But is it just me or does it look like Voldemort is flipping Harry off with that wand?

    • Jose

      That was the first thing that popped into my head!

      • Tara

        Me too!

  • John Berggren

    HP7 Part 1 was surely my favorite David Yates adaptation of Harry yet. I was really terrified that the 2 finale films would be as ill-adapted as Order of the Phoenix. I’m glad that wasn’t the case. HP7PT1 was the first time I saw a Harry film twice in the theater since Prisoner of Azkaban. The only problem now is that I have heightened expectations of Part 2.
    July can’t come soon enough.

    • RT

      WIth the exception of the longest book being the shortest film, I actually thought that Order was an excellent adaptation. Imelda Stauton was nothing short of superb and the possession sequence was one of the most moving of the entire series.

      • @RT

        I loved it as well. It moves so fast and I miss a lot of the stuff they cut, but it’s a great film.

      • Dave

        RT, I agree. Imelda Staunton was absolutely fantastic. And that possession scene you mention never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

      • John Berggren

        Imelda was wonderful. Apart from that, as it was my favorite book of the series, I was particularly affronted by just how much was missing.
        Overall my biggest disappointment was that WB didn’t prepare these films like LOTR where an extended version could be had on video. This entry to me was the most decimated by editing.

  • Heather

    Holy cow! This looks so good. I can’t wait for the end!

  • jordan

    OMFG. That looks amazing. I really like how it illustrates the conflict between the two characters; July, you can’t come quick enough!!!!

  • Daisy9

    What an epic poster! And it doesn’t really need the title. We know who Harry is, we know who Voldermort is. Hopefully the rest of the posters are as awesome as this one.

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