Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 wasn't received well around these parts. In fact, it was stamped with one of our lowest review scores ever. Yikes. EA boldly attempted to merge Playstation Move and Kinect functionality into a third-person shooter re-imagining of the Harry Potter series. With quite disastrous results, I might add. However, with the second of the split Deathly Hallows films due very soon, so is the game, and EA have decided to treat us to a handful of images from the climactic conclusion to the Boy Who Lived saga.
Let's start chronologically, shall we? The first shot is plucked from Harry and cohort's daring raid of the fabled Gringotts' vault where they've surmised Voldemort is storing yet another horcrux. If you're not a Harry Potter fan, this barrage of fantastical neologisms will either baffle or bore you. Basically, it'll be quite a thrilling sequence if pulled off right. Here we can see Harry bracing a spell to cast at oncoming guards, as Ron ducks behind a raised rock formation.
Next up, and we're still deep in Gringotts, it appears. Hermione and Ron, wands raised, surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites with moody shafts of lighting slicing down from above. It's not been confirmed if Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will feature co-op, but considering Ron, Hermione and more join Harry on his adventure to defeat Voldemort, it wouldn't be much of a stretch.
In The Deathly Hallows, Harry must infiltrate the Death Eater-controller sprawl of Hogwarts. He ends up finding a mythical entrance long thought lost with the help of an old friend and a new, unexpected ally. In the third screenshot, Harry is in the midst of a spell-fight with Death Eaters under the pale glow of moonlight. Hopefully the combat is a little more rewarding and less repetitive this time around.
The epic finale of The Deathly Hallows sees a lot of good and bad blood shed, as the forces behind Harry and Voldemort respectively clash on the fabled grounds of Hogwarts. Being a school, the skilled teachers join the flight. Here, we see Professor Flitwick enchanting a suit of armor and bidding it to fight with them.
And, finally, the enchanted suits of armor plod forward to do battle with Voldemort's bloodthirsty army. The film has already demonstrated its epic scope and scale; the finale essentially a magic-themed version of Saving Private Ryan. Whether EA affords their developers the time and budget to properly interpret the book's explosive conclusion on the virtual stage.
EA has a lot to do to prove it can make up for the epic disappointment of the first Deathly Hallows videogame installment. I'd never wish for a bad game to be made, so I wish them luck as the release date crawls ever closer.