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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

A grand and fitting finale to the cinematic saga

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And so it ends. What began 10 years ago in a blaze of magical wands, mysterious potions, swooping Quidditch brooms, and enchanted banquet halls now concludes in terror and sorrow, death and resurrection. Surprisingly, this is more fun than you might expect. There's a wild ride down into the stony bowels below the Gringott's goblin bank, and some first-rate dragonizing; and the fiery Battle of Hogwarts lights up the CGI sky as gloriously as any fan could wish.

Still, the most gratifying aspect of Deathly Hallows Part 2, the eighth and final installment of the Harry Potter cinematic saga, is its commitment to the book's somber dénouement. There's very little comic relief, and the drained colors and besieged emotions entirely honor the novel's bleak sensibility. We can be thankful that director David Yates got all that standing-around-talking-in-tents stuff out of the way in Part 1. Here, in a brisk two hours and 10 minutes, he makes space for the story's tragic elements to build and tower, and for the series' lead actors to rise to their finest performances.

As the 450-million-or-so buyers of J.K. Rowling's books will know, this second part of the Hallows story begins with the Wizarding World in tumult. Lord Voldemort's evil minions, the Death Eaters, have taken over, and even Hogwarts has fallen to the rapacious horde, with the ambiguous Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) installed as headmaster in place of the late Albus Dumbledore. Meanwhile, at a remote seaside location, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), now hunted and desperate, contemplate a darkening future. "I'm afraid you really don't stand a chance," says the wand merchant Ollivander (John Hurt), who's among those on the run with them.

But Harry has a last-ditch plan: to start searching for whatever Horcruxes—the magical artifacts that contain pieces of Voldemort's soul—are still extant. Armed with the all-powerful Sword of Gryffindor, he can now destroy them—and with them, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) himself. The younger wizard has some loyal support: stalwart Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis, who gets a scene of rousing declamation), spacey Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch), the wolfish Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), and the steadfast Weasley clan. However, given the series' body count to date (we've already bid sad farewells to Dumbledore, Mad-Eye Moody, and the lovable/annoying House Elf Dobby), you might fear that several of these characters won't be emerging alive at the end of the tale. Is it wrong to say you'd be right?

But I've said enough. It's instructive to go back and take a look at the first Potter film, the 2001 Sorcerer's Stone, to appreciate how far the three leads have come as actors. In the beginning, Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint were on the edge of their teens; they were good even then, for neophyte performers, but they won us over with basic pluck and adorability. Here, they're all in their early twenties, and more interesting to watch. Grint especially, no longer burdened with being the simple comic doofus of the crew, has a weightier, more attentive presence; and Watson, playing his character's full-on love interest at this point, is a serious young woman now, and seriously concerned about the perils engulfing her friends. Even Radcliffe, the lightest of the three actors, portrays Harry's frustration in the face of crushing evil with considerable emotional detail. Whether he'll evolve into a real leading man still remains to be seen, but this could be a start.

Rickman's Snape is a richer character this time, too. His icy drawl and mirthless gaze are still in place, but his grievous backstory is finally brought to the fore here, providing—for those unfamiliar with the book—a new prospect on all that's gone before, and the movie's emotional peak. And Fiennes continues to make as much as can reasonably be expected out of a character bereft of a nose—although his whispery menace has come to seem a little rote, and I'll be happy not to have to sit through any more of his overwrought wand-fire showdowns with Harry, either. It must also be said that, while the movie is unusually true to the novel on which it's based, it is not entirely clear, toward the end, what's become of the dastardly Malfoy family, especially Draco (Tom Felton).

Still, Part 2, despite its sense of enveloping gloom, is also a gripping adventure, filled with roaring flame monsters, scythe-wielding trolls, and gargoyle soldiers sprung suddenly to life. It's a grand and fitting conclusion to this long journey, true to the story's complex aims and to the characters with whom we've all, at least a little bit, grown up.

Kurt Loder is a writer living in New York. His third book, a collection of film reviews called The Good, the Bad and the Godawful, will be published in November by St. Martin's Press.


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  1. Do we find out he lied when he claimed to be at his mother’s bedside, fighting the insurance company when she was dying?

    1. No, Harry’s the HERO of this story.

      1. Harry plays Chris Hanson and says:
        Make my day, Loder?

    2. no, but some dining companions ordered a $350 bottle of butterbeer. So, fuck him.

  2. While, Loder, I didn’t know that you were at Pothead!

    1. It’s a movie about kids that makes him something else

      1. are you implying something about someone?

        1. no he’s infering, you’re implying

  3. Wow, my spelling flesh-torpedoed that fucking joke. Sorry.

    1. just back away slowly…and nobody gets hurt.

  4. I’m hearing they gave short shrift to the climactic Battle of Hogwarts – which would not surprise me, since they gave short shrift to the climactic battles in OOTP and HBP, too.

    Rental.

    1. Or “streamer” as the cool kids say these days.

      Heh heh… “rental”. Nice one, grandpa!

  5. Bunch of limey wankers + most overhyped villian evar. In most series he would only qualify to be a henchman the protagonist quickly disposes of to prove their skillz to the audience.

  6. I will go see this with my wife in triumphant celebration that finally, I can stop hearing her talk about these fucking movies, and secure in the knowledge that I will never be dragged to another one.

    1. Never say never…

    2. She could have dragged you to Mamma Mia instead.

      1. My dad declared Mamma Mia his all time favorite film (the one with Meryl Streep) earlier this year. I thanked him for not coming out of the closet until I was out living on my own.

    3. I read the first two books with some amusement, but couldn’t take any more. I saw the first four movies, ditto.

      The wife’s a huge fan, and hints that I should go with her to this one, but I’m just bored with the whole thing. As I tell her, “You have friends. Go with them.”

      1. Same here dude. I’ll have to remember that, i.e. “You have friends. Go with them.”

  7. Sorry, Harry Potter…allegory for school choice?

  8. I care about none of this…..

    When will we see the first nude shoot of Hermione Granger?

    1. I agree. If there’s a good chance that Hermione’s pussy is the mythical “Sweetest, Pinkest Pussy of Them All”, then dammit, we have to look.

      1. Yes…we owe it to ourselves…and humanity.

    2. Ooh! Ooh!

    3. That’s it. I’m taking some lotion and some angel dust, I’m jerking off to Emma Watson in the theater. This will be my last time, and I don’t care what that family of four next to me thinks of my “unholy” activities.

      1. and LOL

      2. Do ya mind if I sit next to you?

    4. I have always found the people who want to see Emma Watson naked to be somewhat creepy in nature.

      My opinion remains unmoved.

      1. You know, she did grow up.

        1. So did your mother and sister

      2. Well, who do YOU want to see nekkid?

  9. maybe these can tide you over

    http://img46.photobucket.com/a…..2-04_3.jpg

    1. Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww!

      1. Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww!

        I’ll help clean up 🙂

    2. Couldn’t you just RickRoll me? Yecch!

  10. I’m going to see this last movie just for the sick satisfaction of saying that I’ve seen them all in theaters.

    After the last movie (Harry Potter and Friends Go Backpacking) the Battle of Hogwarts damn well better make up for it.

  11. I have a confession: I’ve never read the books, and I’ve never seen any of the movies. When I was a kid, my mother was on the ROWLING IS TEH SATANEST WITCHEZ bandwagon, but I was never that interested in reading them anyway; I loved lying on my ass and reading Popular Science. Did I really miss out on that much?

    1. I envy you, I have been dragged to watch a few of the movies, these are lost hours I will never get back.

    2. Join the club, Jingles. (see below comment)

    3. I read the first book, found it to be very weak, and was done with the books. I have watched most of the movies on HBO; they are moderately entertaining.

      They are not horrible, but there is nothing to run out for.

      1. “I read the first book, found it to be difficult”

        FYP

        1. Oh, spare us your B.S. I don’t have anything against the HP books, but they aren’t challenging reading, not by a long shot. A few months ago I re-read all 7; it took me only a week.

          1. looking at the chapter heading illustrations does not constitute reading the book…FYI

            1. Good thing that’s not what I did.

            2. And I’m sorry it takes you a long time to read through books written at a middle school reading level. There are ways to improve that…

      2. ^^THIS^^

    4. I grew up in the Harry Potter era as well and I couldn’t finish the first book. As far as I was concerned it was an abomination compared to the scifi/fantasy I was reading.

  12. All Harry Potter reviews should link to this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL8GVk-GspQ

      1. Wait that narration is not from the book is it?
        That is horrible horrible horrible..

        Why did anyone ever read that garbage?

        1. LOL, it’s narrated by a guy who never read the books: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W…..ear_Reader

  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is more than just an exciting adventure, it’s also a grand and fitting conclusion to the cinematic series

    From what I’ve heard, it’s also been a great platform for a lot of Homosexual Fan-Fic. Hey, I just *heard* that.

    Harry Potter books and films exist in a very special and exclusive category for me:

    “Things I so utterly lack any interest in whatsoever that I often forget they even exist, and manage to go through life eliding any awareness of said entity from my conscious mind if and when it should appear in front of me.”

    I had a similar issue with Lindsey Lohan. Anytime the name came up, i’d be like, “Who? Huh? What?…. ok… well, Why does anyone care again? Did she ever *do* anything? Freaky Friday? Wasn’t that like 20 years ago?”

    I don’t even really know what other things are in that category…for the very reason explained. I can’t! Well, until someone brings them up. Then I go, “huh? Oh, right, that. Hey?! Whats that over there? Yeah, the spot on the ground… Hmmm. interesting. Wonder what that was? Old gum? Tar? Blood?… So, anyway, about this other thing…”

    This is not any kind of value judgement or some kind of aesthetic snobbery,. It is absolute, utter neutrality and incapacity for interest. It is like trying to explain the concept of Schadenfreude to The Borg. They have no faculty for jealousy, envy, or hatred, or even concept of individuals. It does not compute. Does Not Apply. Round hole, square peg. Fish, bicycles.

    I have heard many pretty smart people say very nice things about the Harry Potter stuff. Both the books and films. I have no doubt they are high-quality material that provide entertainment for millions. But for some reason, it just fell in the hole for me. Can’t bring myself to care at all. And I like fantasy stuff. I grew up on that shit. Loved the Narnia series and was aghast and appalled at the crap films they converted them into. Lord of the Rings, Piers Anthony stuff, Rats of Nimh…Whatever. fuck, I’d probably even read those books about dragons with the silly names that have been making so much money.

    But the teenage british wizard?…

    Its not even rejection or dismissal. Just, ‘oh, right, that’.

    There’s probably an explanation for this that a EEG or psychotherapist might be able to uncover. Maybe even a streetcorner psychic.

    FWIW, Avatar got the same reaction. I almost want to see that one though just to check and make sure the initial reaction was 100% on the money. Im pretty sure the reaction is wrong sometimes, although i can’t recall any examples of anything that was ever finally shoved down my throat and provoked a reconsideration. The films of Tarkovsky come to mind, and my reaction did in fact change: “These are really way too fucking long, and I think this guy probably got Cs and Ds in his philosophy classes. I dont think he even understands what he’s trying to do”. So “absolute lack of interest” upon forced consumption converted into “Active But Mild Contempt”, with a splash of “at least the cinematography is good”.

    I suspect its probably similar to how many people in the world feel about Baseball.

    1. P.S. I like baseball, but mainly for the beer, and ritualistic mass-psychosis stuff.

      1. By chance, are you one of those guys who tried to catch a fowl and ended up knocking his head on the cement?

        1. would that be a “foul”? didn’t know they kept chickens at the ball park.

          1. Does the San Diego chicken count?

    2. Mmm…pardon me…what?

      1. I see what you did there. 🙂

    3. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is more than just an exciting adventure, it’s also a grand and fitting conclusion to the cinematic series

      From what I’ve heard, it’s also been a great platform for a lot of Homosexual Fan-Fic. Hey, I just *heard* that.

      Harry Potter books and films exist in a very special and exclusive category for me:

      “Things I so utterly lack any interest in whatsoever that I often forget they even exist, and manage to go through life eliding any awareness of said entity from my conscious mind if and when it should appear in front of me.”

      I had a similar issue with Lindsey Lohan. Anytime the name came up, i’d be like, “Who? Huh? What?…. ok… well, Why does anyone care again? Did she ever *do* anything? Freaky Friday? Wasn’t that like 20 years ago?”

      I don’t even really know what other things are in that category…for the very reason explained. I can’t! Well, until someone brings them up. Then I go, “huh? Oh, right, that. Hey?! Whats that over there? Yeah, the spot on the ground… Hmmm. interesting. Wonder what that was? Old gum? Tar? Blood?… So, anyway, about this other thing…”

      This is not any kind of value judgement or some kind of aesthetic snobbery,. It is absolute, utter neutrality and incapacity for interest. It is like trying to explain the concept of Schadenfreude to The Borg. They have no faculty for jealousy, envy, or hatred, or even concept of individuals. It does not compute. Does Not Apply. Round hole, square peg. Fish, bicycles.

      I have heard many pretty smart people say very nice things about the Harry Potter stuff. Both the books and films. I have no doubt they are high-quality material that provide entertainment for millions. But for some reason, it just fell in the hole for me. Can’t bring myself to care at all. And I like fantasy stuff. I grew up on that shit. Loved the Narnia series and was aghast and appalled at the crap films they converted them into. Lord of the Rings, Piers Anthony stuff, Rats of Nimh…Whatever. fuck, I’d probably even read those books about dragons with the silly names that have been making so much money.

      But the teenage british wizard?…

      Its not even rejection or dismissal. Just, ‘oh, right, that’.

      There’s probably an explanation for this that a EEG or psychotherapist might be able to uncover. Maybe even a streetcorner psychic.

      FWIW, Avatar got the same reaction. I almost want to see that one though just to check and make sure the initial reaction was 100% on the money. Im pretty sure the reaction is wrong sometimes, although i can’t recall any examples of anything that was ever finally shoved down my throat and provoked a reconsideration. The films of Tarkovsky come to mind, and my reaction did in fact change: “These are really way too fucking long, and I think this guy probably got Cs and Ds in his philosophy classes. I dont think he even understands what he’s trying to do”. So “absolute lack of interest” upon forced consumption converted into “Active But Mild Contempt”, with a splash of “at least the cinematography is good”.

      I suspect its probably similar to how many people in the world feel about Baseball.”

      What kind of empty, meaningless, pathetic existence do you have that you write THAT wall of textual diarrhea about something you claim to “utterly lack any interest in whatsoever blah blah obvious lie blah blah”?

      1. Perhaps more odd is why you repeated it. Or seem to care.

        1. “Perhaps more odd is why you repeated it. Or seem to care.”

          Not odd at all, you did read “the wall of textual diarrhea” part right? You don’t get holding it up to your face to emphasize the girth of your stupidity? No, you wouldn’t.

          1. At least it seems to have given you a sense of purpose.

            1. it must be very difficult for you realizing I’m correct, even your half ass attempts to insult me are sad and pathetic.

              1. The Internet. Serious Business.

                1. heh heh Heller

    4. I mostly agree, although I do admit I have taken more notice of the books and films. Not enough to read or see them, but notice that other people were talking about them.

      And you’re also right about Tarkovsky. If you’re going to lead people through two, three hours of buildup, it’s nice to have a payoff – or at least a fucking point. At least Kobayashi knew that. (Although I’d still rec Harikiri or Samurai Rebellion before checking out Human Condition).

      1. Thanks. Samurai Rebellion has been in my queue for ages, never got around to it. Will probably watch tonight. Mifune is one of my favorite actors, and I particularly like a lot of Japanese cinema for their approach to storytelling and blend of linear and organic framing.

        Sword of Doom is my kind of movie. A#1 awesomeness. Everything Kurosawa of course. And those weird 60s films like Youth of the Beast and Branded to Kill

        1. Samurai Rebellion would be my second to Harikiri, but it’s still a very, very good film. (I actually went out and bought both of them – along with Sword of Doom, at a better price). Human Condition I, II, & III are slower, but I might check them out again at some point.

          Seijun Suzuki is fun and really weird in a good way. Similar, if less surreal, is Fukasaku – Blackmail is My Life is typical of that era, although he’s also the director of Battle Royale. And yeah, Kurosawa is probably the only director I actually made an effort to be a “completist” on. (Which was tough near the end of Derzu Usala and a couple of his later films).

          1. Yes to all of the above and check out the Zatoichi series.

            1. I liked the first few zatoichi films, but man after like… #13 or something? i think I got the point.

    5. What a loser get a life and take your hate elsewhere

      1. I hate people who hate on haters.

        1. I joined a therapy group to get over my hatred of hating haters. Now I pat them on the head and offer a cookie.

          Poison cookies.

  14. HARRY POTTER ? And the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    [The Last days of the Dome of the Rock]
    Now , the fact of the matter is that the American – Israeli Military Industrial
    Complex ? the [EMPIRE ] is made up of two parts the Pure Jewish
    Theocratic State , from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea , the Nile
    to the Euphrates, made up of only those of Pure Jewish Blood, a state of
    Pure Theocratic Zionism, and those living in the [ EMPIRE] , the Plutocracy
    of Hypocrisy , a form of government where power effectively rests with a
    small elite segment of society distinguished by wealth . It ‘s the biggest con
    ever perpetrated upon a people in history , basically controlled by [ AIPAC /
    AZC] the American Israeli Political Action Committee / American Zionist
    Committee . And they are tide together by an Iron Clad , Unbreakable ,
    union of [SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP ] , so they are two peas in the same pod ,
    and as such must both be held responsible for the Holocaust of non
    Jewish religious sites that must be expected with the final solution to the
    problem of those of non – Jewish Pure Blood within the Pure Jewish State .
    What do you mean the by the Holocaust upon non Jewish religious sites ?
    The Dome of the Rock as it is widely know a monument of structural
    architectural style and beauty , will be torn down an replaced by the New
    Jewish. Temple , to say it won ‘t be is simply a pipe dream; the days of the
    Dome of the Rock are numbered .
    [Pure Theocratic State Religions ]
    This in turn leads to other non Pure Jewish Religious Sites , in a Pure
    Theocratic Zionism State , as with any other Pure Theocratic State Religion;
    there can be no room for any other Religion as it undermines the State,
    this has been thru time immemorial on every continent on the face of the
    globe, any and all signs of deviance from the Pure True and singularly
    correct Religion of the State must be eradicated, without exception . This
    therefore must apply to the Pure Jewish Theocratic Zionist State . So , let ‘s
    put this in to words that everyone can understate , once the Jewish State
    has been established [ ALL ] non Jewish Religious Sites must be done away
    with within that State, this applies across the board , regardless of the
    religion. Otherwise the State risks its Purity, power , control, and authority .
    You are no longer talking about a non Secular State, basically a State
    without a singular State Religious Structure , but a Theocratic State that
    controls its citizens based upon after life punishment for crimes against
    that state after death , a State that in fact controls thru after death pain
    and suffering , for not being a Theocratic State Citizen , the State is the
    Religion, the Religion is the State, and the Citizens are its Subjects .
    [The Worst of both worlds ]
    The Pure Jewish Theocratic State is becoming a reality under the
    protection of the [ EMPIRE] via the Unbreakable , Iron Clad , Union of
    [SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP ] , controlled by [ AIPAC /AZC] the American Israeli
    Political Action Committee / American Zionist Committee , it can not be
    touched, controlled or stopped , and either they act in support of each
    other or they both fall together , which means they must act with concern
    to all matters in a unified way , one supporting the other , one must back
    the acts of the other and both must be held to account as a singular unit .
    The Religion of Profit is tied to a Theocratic State for mutual benefit ,
    power, and self interests , the worst of both worlds . And, to the question as
    if other Religious Structures outside the Pure Jewish Theocratic State will
    be destroyed , they would be held hostage to destruction , by that State and
    its protector , but not being within the boundaries of that State , would be
    of little or no concern to either State, but those within the Theocratic Pure
    State must and will be done away with , a Holocaust of non Pure Jewish
    Theocratic State Religious Sites .
    J. K. ROWLING

    1. That explains almost everything.

    2. Herc, didn’t I tell you not to read Mein Kampf right before bed?

    3. what?

  15. this sounds better than the Potter series!

  16. Emma Watson had some nice cleavage in Helena Bonham Carter’s dress. As did Helena Bonham Carter, of course.

    Also, SPOILER ALERT, did someone notice that Harry totally murdered that completely innocent Jew stereotype gnome thing in cold blood? Are we sure the books have an ANTI-racism message? That scene was straight from “Lord of the Swastika”.

    1. Remember this guy?

      1. No. Is he a Muppet?

        1. I’ll give you a hint. He was the co-star along with black minstrel and ching chong chang

          1. Watto was definitely a space Jew, but a I never figured Jar-Jar for anything but the embodiment of all that is souless and wrong with George Lucas and Hollywood.

            1. Big lips? Wide Eyes? Clumsy? Butterfly McQueen voice?

      2. He was a Jew stereotype, yes. What’s worse than being a Jew stereotype? Being an innocent Jew stereotype who gets mind-raped and murdered for no reason by an uncaring protagonist.

        Okay, I’ll not pretend that I thought about something not breast-related during that scene.

        1. Well the fact that you actually felt sympathy for the character shows that it isn’t as offensive a portrayal as the greedy slave-owner.

      3. I am actually surprised Lucas put such an obvious derogatorily character of a “Jew” in his movie…

        But maybe I am wrong and Lucus meant him to be an Arab.

  17. This is incredibly funny when you’re stoned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u981JhkK46o

  18. I remember the days back when “Reason” dealt with politics.

    1. I prefer the all-movie review all the time format.

  19. Harry Ass Potter has been the stupidest pointless past fifteen or such waste of years. Nerd fantasy shit. Yawn and puke.

  20. Harry Ass Potter has been the stupidest pointless past fifteen or such waste of years. Nerd fantasy shit. Yawn and puke.

  21. Thankfully when I was young and vulnerable as a gawky 11 year old boy I found Tolkien and read The Hobbit and LOTR rather than HP.

    Thus I have been spared a decade of being strung along an 8 picture movie franchise.

    1. True, but you are likely about to see “The Hobbit” get Phantom-menaced.

  22. A guy I used to be friends with is showing off his Deathly Hallows tattoo on facebook right now. God damn, I wish I was still friends with him so I could renounce our friendship over this.

    1. Here’s the pic.

      1. My sister has a friend who’s about 19 and recently got the words “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” tattooed on the side of her torso. It’s way fucking hotter than that.

        1. It’s not even a well done tattoo! You would expect that any tattoo artist could make some straight lines and circles of uniform width, but apparently not.

    2. I wish I was still friends with him

      I can only imagine why you’re not, but thanks for sharing.

      1. Maybe because he was a fucking loser? Hey you two have something in common!

  23. A little disappointed there was no mention of the libertarian message. By the end, there was a clear recognition that power itself is evil, regardless of in whose hands it lies.

    1. I thought the message was that crappy writing = a billion dollars.

      1. Why aren’t you and SugarFree billionaires?

        1. Did someone fart?

          1. Because I could have sworn someone who spends all her time writing an incredibly shitty blog on the internet just had a huge brain-fart.

    2. Dolores Umbrage is the state government of California personified.

  24. When I was smaller, I had a very dirty mind, and placed bets with my similarly young pals about which movie I thought Harry would finally fuck Granger.

    Imagine my surprise when Ron was written in for a relationship with her instead. I was fucking furious — even in later movies, I couldn’t justify wanting to screw a girl who had a movie romance with fucking Rupert Grint.

    On a more relevant note, I found the first book boring as shit, although I pushed myself to finish it. The second and third were even worse, so I haven’t read anything past that. The movies are mediocre, but it’s alright for a viewing on a Saturday afternoon with some popcorn, I guess.

  25. Harry potter is the Wizard of Oz of the 21st Century.

  26. You guys all know the books and movies are for kids, right? My oldest son was Harry’s age (10) when the first book came out, and he and my next son liked the series well enough. I read them, too, just to be able to chat about them. We also took turns reading one of the series aloud (I forget which) on a family driving vacation. My young ones aren’t old enough for the later Harry yet, but I’ve read them Stone and Chamber and they adore them.
    I think they’re very good, if you keep in mind they were written for kids, like Narnia, His Dark Materials, etc.

    1. The HP books and movies are for KIDS!?!

      Why didn’t someone tell me this earlier?

    2. I’m the same age as your son.

      I’m not sure why this unsettles me.

    3. Exactly. People take it all too seriously. I read the books, was entertained, moved on. Anyone who thinks them beneath an old fart like me is kindly invited to drop dead. My current light reading is a 900 page book on physically based ray tracing. There, better?

      Written with kids in mind, but not written down to them. It’s like Terry Pratchett’s “young adult” Discworld books. He says he doesn’t write them any differently than the main series. He just avoids the more naughty bits.

      The world in Dark Materials where everyone had a silent double that hung around their whole life watching, and then suddenly led you away by the hand when it was time to die creeped the hell out of me.

  27. I felt that this was by far the weakest of all the films. It seemed to me that all the little things from the books that had to be left out of the previous films came home to roost. While these and all films based on novels have to create scenes to allow for the shortcomings of the genre in the previous films these had been the minority. In this film it seemed every scene was altered to allow for the medium, previous choices or worst to appease fans. (see Snape) To me this film was as much extravagant fan fiction and opportunity for a cast victory lap as it was a representation of the novel.

  28. So, Lord Voldemort is finally vanquished and the kids emerge victorious. In other words, evil triumphs.

  29. harry potter ,, i love this

  30. I like the harry potter series, and i want the new publish a long time.

  31. The books are about how the government is evil and incompetent. Seriously; every person who is in government is either a buffoon or odious fiend.

  32. cter this time, too. His icy drawl and mirthless gaze are still in place, but his grievous backsto

  33. s finally brought to the fore here, providing?for those unfamiliar with the book?a new prospect on all that’s gone before, and the movie’s emotional peak. And Fiennes continues to m

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