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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2

Article: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2

After ten years of donning capes and brandishing their wands, it must feel strange to the cast of The Harry Potter series to realize that it’s really and truly over. No more sequels, no more special appearances as members of England’s most famous fictitious wizarding world. As the movie posters promise: It All Ends.

As an unabashed fan, the ending is a little bittersweet. I finished the last book years ago when it was first released, so the final events themselves came as no surprise. But if longtime Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates were ever to flex their creative powers and opt to leave out any major part of the book, I wish to god they had cut the final, awkwardly tacked on flash forward.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS gets animated

Article: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS gets animated

Two stills from Reiniger’s THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED
Reviews of the second to last film of the Harry Potter empire are mixed. There are the die hard fans who will eat up anything Potter & Co. churn out and then, on the other hand, are the Harry haters whose spiteful critiques of the movies take all the easy hits (too sentimental, not enough magic) and ultimately waste everyone’s time. So say what you will about Harry Potter, THE DEATHLY HALLOWS may carry the markings of a film that’s trying to be more than just transition to a finale, but its post-apocalyptic scenes of Harry, Hermione and Ron moving silently through desolate (and beautifully shot) landscapes and running low on friendly cheer are some of the film’s most captivating moments. There are plenty of super-CG chase scenes and wand-lashing, spell-throwing fights, but its the quiet, tense moments where the trio has run out of ideas and are wallowing aimlessly in a canvas tent in the middle of nowhere that give an otherwise transitional piece some heft.

JK Rowling letterhead

Article: JK Rowling letterhead

I kinda love JK Rowling’s whimsical letterhead.