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‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Review

I did not grow up reveling in all things “Harry Potter” like the current crop of college grads and twenty-somethings. But as an older (not that old, I hope) fan of the series, it was a big part of my life for the past decade. So, it certainly carries a certain weight when something of this magnitude finishes its final chapter.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have turned into adults before our eyes and the material they are asked to portray on-screen has become equally mature. Death has become a regularity since book four and now we’ve turned to all-out war.

The film begins right where the first installment left off. At the grave of Dobby, the brave house elf, killed in the waning moments of part one. The difficult part about turning “Hallows” into two parts; it made for a dramatic and emotional end to the first movie, but gets us off to a bit of a scuffle for the second installment. Harry hatches his plan for a Gringotts Bank invasion, but he must convince an untrustworthy Goblin to do it. Once he, Ron and Hermione break into the well-sealed walls, things really begin to take off, literally. A wild cart ride through subterranean caverns, a horcrux heist and an escape on a blind dragon shift the film into high-gear.

One big question for me heading into this film was how director David Yates would pull off the over-abundance of exposition from the J.K. Rowling book. He does it off brilliantly, taking several scenes involving Voldemort and lumping them together, creating a new one involving Professor Snape and letting others breathe as they did in the book.

Another significant change, the final duel between Harry and Voldemort. It’s just a few lines in the book, but it’s an explosive showdown in the film. I enjoyed the extra action here, although I’m a little suspicious that much of it was done just to appease the studio and their obsession for 3D. Of course, all the blasts and bruises between the pair make the ultimate moment of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s death a small letdown. But, that’s to be expected.

The finale of the most-profitable film franchise in history shines in many phases and it becomes brightest during scenes of emotion and tenderness. The origin story of Snape, the deaths of prominent characters and the triumph over pure evil all tug at the heartstrings. Did I shed a tear? Only the tweens sitting behind me and cheering every other moment know for sure.

Turning one bestseller into a hit movie is hard enough, let alone making seven into eight. I will hand it to all the directors and especially the acting trio of Radcliffe, Grint and Watson, they haven’t just accomplished something great over the past ten years, but something magical.

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‘Potter’ & ‘Transformers’ Trailers, ‘Rings’ Re-released

I loved the cartoon “Transformers” when I was a kid. It was one of the first TV series fueled solely for the consumption of toys, but that’s beside the point. It was entertaining and although they don’t resonate as much today as an adult, they are still way better than either of the two live-action movies Hollywood has churned out over the past few years. The machines look way too…well like machines (I know they were going for reality, but a more cartoonish look probably would have fit better. You can’t even tell which character is which!)

Anyway, although the third installment looks potentially better than the first two, (the second may be the worst big-budget film of the 21st century thus far) it will probably not live up to this fairly decent trailer. I think it’s the “Inception” style music that helps. Take a look.


And speaking of highly-anticipated Summer movies, the second trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” has been released. The first half of the seventh book was extremely well-done in my opinion and lives up to the book. As a whole, this series of movies based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels has been pretty solid. There were a few bumps here and there, the first and second films felt a little bloated and the kids really couldn’t act, but hey, they are still infinitely more watchable than either “The Phantom Menace” or “Attack of the Clones.” The rest were all were well done and probably chopped the right parts, although many took exception to Dobby (the House Elf) being completely cut out of “Goblet of Fire.” Which I can see, since he does really play a critical role in the series.

At any rate, this final installment looks epic and seems to turn Rowling’s last few hundred pages into a movie that cannot be missed for any ‘Potter’ fan.


And in a surprising bit of news…Peter Jackson has decided to re-release all of the “Lord of the Rings” films in their extended editions in movie theaters just before they come out on blu-ray. The only catch, you can only see them at AMC movie theaters. They will come out one week after the next starting on June 14th. I was never a fan, until I decided to read the books just before the films came out, but I must say they are enjoyable. My favorite was definitely the first film, incredibly well done and probably should have won the Oscar, instead of the third, which had one too many endings. Still extraordinary film making nonetheless.

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‘Potter’, ‘Batman 3’ and sigh…more ‘Avatar’???

More annoying story of the year so far LeBron James or “Avatar?” I know LeBron is fresh in everyone’s minds, but I’m more inclined to go with “Avatar.”

The blue blockbuster is returning to theaters. Oh rejoice!!! An additional eight minutes of footage for a movie with an original 162 minutes that I didn’t care about.

James Cameron claims it’s for the “fans”, but who are we kidding here? Cameron is out for more money and I assume he’ll get it come August. Also, can everyone stop pretending this was a good movie??? Please.


The hype machine for the last two “Harry Potter” movies is in full swing. The Disney channel aired a Potter marathon this weekend and included a behind-the-scenes look at the films, featuring interviews with the three stars. Take a look below, I would not watch if you haven’t read the book.


And finally, I expect to be wowed by Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” which comes out this Friday. So, it’s exciting to hear that filming for “Batman 3” is getting underway relatively soon. In April, according to “Alfred” aka Michael Caine. Digital Spy scored this interview below.

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New ‘Harry Potter’ Trailer

This looks like a pretty exciting end to this decade-long string of movies. Much better than lame, shirtless werewolves and vampires anyway. Yeah, I’m talking to you “Twilight.”

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Last ‘Potter’ Film Script Found In Bar

Apparently a few people from the crew of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” had one too many butterbeers the other night. That’s because the top secret script to the final “Potter” flick was discovered underneath a table at a British pub.

So, what’s the big deal? I mean everybody who wants to know the ending has already read the book. True. However, it seems the finale features quite a few significant changes to the book’s narrative. But again, no surprise there, since all of the films, sans the first two, have featured a number of storytelling differences.

Those secrets were kept safe though and the script is now back in the hands of Warner Bros. You can read a more detailed article here.

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Potter Theme Park Opening Controversy

Many Harry Potter fans have been waiting for Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World Theme Park to open this Spring. However the recent announcement of the opening date as June 18th, three days before Summer starts is creating a bit of an uproar. Read more here. Check out a commercial for the park here. And find even more detailed information about exactly what the park will have to offer here.

And to test your knowledge of all things Harry Potter and enter for a chance to win a trip to the theme park head over to the Scholastic website here.

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Sneak Peak at Harry Potter Theme Park

Out of my way kids! Speaking for fans of Harry Potter, this new section of the Universal Orlando looks pretty cool. It has many of the spots described in the books and seen in the movies. Also, I’m kind of a sucker for theme parks. I know, I’m a nerd.

This ad will be airing Sunday during the Super Bowl to promote the new addition in Orlando. No specific date has been set, but Universal has stated it will open this Spring.

You can also take a more in depth at what the park will have to offer here.

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