DeathlyHallows1Our first look at the first part of the two-film finale of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 comes to us courtesy of USA Today. At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a standard hero shot of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson)Looking perhaps a tad disheveled. But the interview with director David Yates indicates that the two films will sport a slightly different look, one which organically grows out of the films’ story.

It’s going to feel very real. We’re going for a vérité approach. Being away from Hogwarts, they’re like these three refugees on the run. They’re out in the big bad world, facing real danger, unguarded by those wonderful benign wizards at Hogwarts. They don’t have a home to go to. We’re kind of pulling away from the magic a bit and bringing more reality to it.

That sounds intriguing.And it is nice to see that the creative team will to experiment so late in the game when I suppose that the natural inclination would be to play things safe. It certainly is a switch from how the too-reverential treatment the material received when the series first kicked off back in 2001.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 hits theaters next November, with Part 2 coming out in 2011.

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