The saga is almost over for Harry Potter fans as today marks the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. The seventh installment in the eight-film series marks the beginning of the end of Harry Potter’s journey from neglected child to being “The Chosen One”.
Deathly Hallows – Part 1 finds Harry, Ron and Hermione far from the comfort and safety of Hogwarts as they go on the run to search for a way to vanquish Lord Voldemort and free the Wizarding World from his reign of terror. During their search for Voldemort’s horcruxes (objects used to stor a piece of one’s soul), they learn about the Deathly Hallows – magical artifacts of extraordinary power which, when combined, will make the owner the master over death. Voldemort’s goal is to find the fabled Elder Wand, which he believes will help him to finally kill Harry and become the most powerful Dark Wizard to ever live.
The DVD for Deathly Hallows – Part 1 includes several deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and will also feature the first four minutes of the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which will be released in theaters on July 15.
Fans can also get a sneak peek at Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in today’s Entertainment Weekly magazine, which features the film on the cover of its “Summer Movie Preview” issue. The issue gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the final film, and spoiler details on which scenes were changed during the adaptation from the best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling. The issue is on newsstands today.