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Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 07/14/2011

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ review and a Potter mania round-up


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Perhaps you plan to see “Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows - Part 2” alongside wand-wielding fans tonight at midnight. Or maybe you’re opting for a slightly more practical matinee. Either way, once the credits roll, your experience with the Potter series will officially be over. Until then, soak up as much nostalgia, trivia, photo montages and Butterbeer that your heart desires.

Movie critic Ann Hornaday gives the film three stars, noting: “There's no denying the primal power of watching a contemporary — in this case, a bookish-looking wizard with the face of a schoolboy and the magical powers of a superhero — come to terms with death, apocalyptic destruction and the burdensome responsibilities of his own swiftly encroaching maturity.”

Monica Hesse reports on the cultural impact of Harry Potter : “It is a franchise that became a movement. A cultural revelation. An era. Friday’s opening is the last chapter in a saga that has impacted — at least via ‘SNL’ spoofs, mentions on university syllabi or via religious sermons — the world’s collective oversoul.”

What's a fan to do? (AP)
Momspeak columnist Tracy Grant writes about what the final film means to the Harry Potter generation:These are the kids who grew up reading each of the books, then waiting in anticipation for the next one. These kids then played out the same anxious scenario waiting for the movies. They engaged in endless critiques of whether filmmakers had gotten the spider scene in the Forbidden Forest just right, or whether Alfonso Cuaron’s “Prisoner of Azkaban” strayed too far from the original text.

But, perhaps Emma Watson summed it up best, as reported last week in Celebritology : Watson got a tad weepy at the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” Thursday, while looking absolutely magical in Oscar de la Renta. Cute bonus: After Daniel Radcliffe said he “got lucky” for landing the role of Harry, Watson replied, “You didn't 'get lucky' — you were and are the perfect Harry and will be forever.”


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By Marie Elizabeth Oliver  |  07:12 PM ET, 07/14/2011

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