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Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince trailer

Posted: Mon, 27th Oct 2008, 3:49pm

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If you haven't seen it yet, AICN have the full international trailer for the latest Harry Potter film for viewing. It looks like the gloomy style of the previous two films has been carried over succesfully and that the plot is getting more convoluted than ever before. Let us know what you think!
Posted: Mon, 27th Oct 2008, 11:35pm

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Wow, great trailer! I think Half-Blood Prince is probably the strongest book, so I have great hope for the movie. I am disappointed/worried by a couple of things though:

1. Delaying the movie from November until July, just because they want to make more money.

2. They've added a completely new scene [SPOILERS]Death Eaters attack the Burrow[/SPOILERS]. And I've heard they've left out at least one major scene (I don't want to read any major spoilers so I don't know which one)

They're taking some major risks, but hopefully they will pay off. They seem to be sticking closely to the main central plot, which is great. My biggest complaint about the HP movies has been that there isn't enough interaction between Harry and Dumbledore, but so far, their relationship has been the main focus of both the trailers.

And about the plot being convoluted, the movies always do a good job at that. smile It seems like you need to have read the books in order to completely understand everything. However, I think the Half-Blood Prince plot is pretty straightforward. Sure there are a lot of subplots and details, but unlike the last book/movie, there is a clear main plot: a riveting mystery that comes together in the end.
Posted: Thu, 30th Oct 2008, 8:47am

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It looks awesome. It makes me want to work on the fanfilm I've had in my head for so long.

Did anyone else notice, though, that Hagrid's lightning effect seemed a little drab? I mean HP is known for it's outstanding special effects. That effect looked rushed. Hopefully they just threw it in for the trailer.

Dumbledore's fire ring was nothing short of amazing, however. One of my favorite parts from the books. *coughzombiesftwcough*
Posted: Thu, 30th Oct 2008, 8:08pm

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Yeah, the Dumbledore fire ring is awesome. A lot of the time, trailers contain unfinished effects, so I doubt the lightning shot is the final product.
Posted: Thu, 30th Oct 2008, 11:28pm

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My thoughts exactly.
Posted: Fri, 31st Oct 2008, 1:48am

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I thought that it was awesome, I think it will be the biggest hit coming.

I really think everyone will enjoy the storyline, it really is deep.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2008, 6:36pm

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Well, though I think this could end up being the best of the Harry Potter movies so far, I really didn't care much for this trailer. It's pretty much just a bunch of action shots and small bits of mysterious scenes cut together with fast music added in, but some of the scenes themselves look like they're good, and the original trailer (which I liked much better) was very good too. So I think the movie will end up being good, but I just really don't like this trailer, as it's basically just a very gimmicky and unoriginal montage of cool scenes with music I'm sure I've heard in tons of trailers before followed by the Harry Potter title with a horrible remix of the Harry Potter theme (erm, why isn't John Williams composing? The score for the last HP film was rubbish compared to the ones composed by John Williams) and then a really awful comedic scene (as countless trailers do after showing the title of the movie) that completely kills any trace of the atmosphere that they attempted to establish.

Besides the mentioned comedic scene though, I still think that most of the stuff I've seen from the movie itself is very good, and I think this is probably just a bad trailer for a good movie.

-Jabooza
Posted: Sun, 2nd Nov 2008, 7:15pm

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The last movie that John Williams composed was Prisoner of Azkaban. I liked Patrick Doyle's score for Goblet of Fire but I hated Nicholas Hooper's score for Order of the Phoenix. Unfortunately, Hooper's back to do Half-Blood Prince, but there has been a rumor going around that Williams will be somehow involved in it. He has definitely expressed interest in returning for Deathly Hallows. I hope he does, because it's going to need a big, epic score, that Hooper just isn't capable of.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2008, 1:37am

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Yeah, the score for TGoF was good (though still not up to par with John Wlliams). I don't see why any director would choose not to have John Williams score a movie that has themes that were written by him.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Nov 2008, 2:08am

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I think Williams had scheduling problems that forced him to not do GOF. He composed Star Wars Episode III, War of the Worlds, and Memoirs of a Geisha that year. Not sure why he didn't do OOTP though, or why they didn't at least bring back Doyle.
Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 1:39am

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That's beautiful! I hope they don't screw it up like they did for Goblet of Fire, you know, with all the dancing & stuff.
Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 1:57pm

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DanielMaher wrote:

That's beautiful! I hope they don't screw it up like they did for Goblet of Fire, you know, with all the dancing & stuff.
Completely agree. That was one of the most awkward scenes in a film I've seen. So badly acted out and assembled.
Posted: Thu, 6th Nov 2008, 7:05am

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Dead Iris wrote:

It looks awesome. It makes me want to work on the fanfilm I've had in my head for so long.

Did anyone else notice, though, that Hagrid's lightning effect seemed a little drab? I mean HP is known for it's outstanding special effects. That effect looked rushed. Hopefully they just threw it in for the trailer.

Dumbledore's fire ring was nothing short of amazing, however. One of my favorite parts from the books. *coughzombiesftwcough*
yes, I noticed the lightning effect. I saw it and thought, hey, I could do that with visionlab!
Hope they do it better in the final produciton. not often I get to think that I could do something that they did in a film
Posted: Fri, 7th Nov 2008, 1:55am

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Dead Iris wrote:

I mean HP is known for it's outstanding special effects.
They aren't always that outstanding (like the quiditch scene in the first movie for example).
Posted: Fri, 7th Nov 2008, 2:13am

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Jabooza wrote:

Dead Iris wrote:

I mean HP is known for it's outstanding special effects.
They aren't always that outstanding (like the quiditch scene in the first movie for example).
Well, the first movie was almost eight years ago, the effects have improved greatly, and are generally superb.

Another thing about the trailer: Why does it say, "This year..."?