Movie: ‘Deathly Hallows' trailer marks beginning of the end of Harry Potter

LIKE MAGIC: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and many fans, grew up between
LIKE MAGIC: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and many fans, grew up between "Sorcerer's Stone" and "Half-Blood Prince." (Peter Mountain/associated Press)
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It stands to reason that in the Summer of the Sequel, what passes for the standout cinematic release of the season is a trailer. For a sequel.

But when the promo is for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (which will arrive in two parts, in November and next July) the click frenzy is understandable: For people who were 10 or 11 in 2001, when the first "Harry Potter" movie came out, the trailer arrives as bittersweet confirmation of the inevitable end of their youth.

"Harry Potter, the boy who lived -- come to die," Voldemort intones as the just-released trailer opens. That shiver you feel is an era passing. The Potter kids may not be facing death, but as young adults they confront a confounding and uncertain future. By next summer, when the series finally ends after eight installments, just maybe they will have begun to discover some of their own powers.

The trailer bills "Deathly Hallows" as "The Motion Picture Event of a Generation." For once, we believe the hype.

-- Ann Hornaday


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